The inflammation of the respiratory bronchi and bronchioles in our airways is known as Bronchitis. This inflammation can be acute or chronic in nature.
WHAT IS ACUTE BRONCHITIS?
The acute form of bronchitis is characterized by the cough production and irritation in the back of the throat. It can be accompanied with sputum. Acute bronchitis usually occurs with some viral illness like common cold or influenza.
WHAT IS CHRONIC BRONCHITIS?
The chronic form of bronchitis is characterized by a persistent cough for 2 years or more for periods of more than three months at a time. It occurs due to some injury to the airways due to constant exposure to some irritants or cigarette smoke etc.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF BRONCHITIS?
The inflammatory condition bronchitis is caused by the following causatives:
- Acute bronchitis: The acute bronchitis is usually caused by acute pathogens like viruses and bacteria. The environmental pollutants may also cause an acute attack of bronchitis.
- Chronic bronchitis: The chronic bronchitis is caused by cigarette smoking and other toxic gases
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF BRONCHITIS?
The signs and symptoms of bronchitis can be summoned up as:
- Sputum: white, green, or yellow sputum
- Shortness of breath
- Weakness due to breathing difficulty
- Fever with chills due to infection
HOW CAN AYURVEDA HELP IN CASES OF BRONCHITIS?
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of medicine that makes use of herbs existing in the nature and formulates herbal remedies using the inherent power present in these herbs. We in Ayurveda believe that herbal remedies bring to you the richness of the herbs in a natural, unadulterated form. These combinations help improve immunity and provide strength, endurance and will.
Ayurveda uses the inherent power of natural herbs to bring about wonderful results on the human body. The herbs are natural and 100% safe. Ayurveda helps to naturally enhance the body functioning in an herbal way. The herbs for bronchitis help decrease the inflammation symptoms in an herbal natural way. The ayurvedic herbs for bronchitis aid in the betterment of the respiratory system and prevent infections.
HERBS IN AYURVEDA THAT HELP IN BRONCHITIS
BAMBUSA ARUDINACEA (VANSHLOCHAN)
This Ayurvedic herb acts as a suppressant of cough and help keep the respiratory system clean. It helps in problems like dry cough and sore throat. We use this herb in Kaas-har churna.
PIPER LONGUM (PIPPALI)
Pippali is very effective in case of mucus and cold conditions in the lungs. It enhances vasodilatation and blood circulation to the lungs. It has decongestant, bronchodilator and expectorant properties. It rejuvenates the lungs. People who are prone to frequent colds can get relief from the symptoms by using Pippali. This herb is used in our product kaas-har churna.
CURCUMA LONGA (CURCUMIN)
Owing to its rich medicinal properties, Curcumin is a widely used herb in case of cancer. Many malignant cancers have found their management in Curcumin. Anti-oxidants present in the herb reduce the free- radicals from the body thereby improving the health and immunity. Curcumin herb has rich anti-diabetic properties that make it a wonderful herb to use for diabetic patients. It is a famous Chinese medicine to relieve digestive and liver related diseases. Its anti- inflammatory properties make it a strong herb for various allergies, infections and inflammations. The herb has the power to fight against toxins and infections owing to its rich anti-biotic properties. It is used in many cosmetics due to its beneficial actions on the skin. We use Curcuma longa to prepare CURCUMIN capsules.
ELLETTERIA CARDAMOMUM (ELA)
It is commonly known as cardamom. Its seeds possess warm and pungent properties. It has a sweet taste and reduces Vata and Kapha. This herb is effective in sore throat and hoarseness caused because of influenza and cold. The sweet aromatic flavour of the seeds helps as a breath freshener. These seeds are used for depression, impotency, oral disorders and hiccups. The oil extracted from the seeds is used in pharmacy, perfumery and for flavouring curries and desserts. Kaas-har churna has this herb.
CINNAMOMUM ZEYLANICA (DALCHINI)
It is also a common spice used in Indian cooking. It shows properties which act against the pathogenic microbes present in the respiratory tract. Cough related problems can be eliminated effectively by using this herb. It helps in expelling excess mucus from the lungs and respiratory tract. Breathing difficulties like cough, cold and bronchitis show positive results with this herb. Cinnamon leaves can be boiled and the decoction can be used to relieve flatulence. It improves memory and complexion. A pinch of cinnamon powder should be mixed with honey and consumed regularly for better results. It acts as a mouth freshener. A paste of cinnamon powder can be mixed with few drops of lime juice and applied on acne and pimples. It forms an integral part of Indian Ayurvedic system since ages. It soothes cough and cold related symptoms. The herb is used in kaas-har churna and Praanrakshak churna.
VASAKA (MALABAR NUT TREE)
The plant acts as an antibacterial and antifungal herb. It has anti-dyspepsia activity. Its power has been proved as an abortifacient and uterotonic agent. It also has anti-asthmatic activity, bronchodilatory and even wound relieving activity. It can generally help diseases like anthrax, throat diseases, tuberculosis, jaundice, scabies, pneumonia and contagious abortions. We use Vasaka to prepare Vasaka churna.
OCIMUM TENUIFLORUM (TULSI)
Tulsi has a strong aroma and thus forms components of various herbal products and teas. It is especially beneficial to the throat and chest. The Tulsi herb has wonderful antioxidant properties and it is believed to remove anti-oxidants from the body. It is believed to help everyday infections like common cold, flu and headaches too. Tulsi leaves are used to prepare tea to relieve common cold. It helps reduce stress and maintain overall emotional balance. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is beneficial in respiratory inflammations like rhinitis and sinusitis. The regular intake of Tulsi helps give relief from croupy cough. Tulsi is a part of various cough syrups and prevents cold, cough, and flu. We prepare Tulsi capsules with this herb.