Herbal Remedies for Bronchitis
Bronchitis is the medical term for inflammation that affects the main airway passage that leads into the lungs. It can be either acute (short term) or chronic (long term). Bronchitis is often accompanied by a variety of symptoms, often including discomfort, a cough, fatigue, fever and wheezing or shortness of breath. There are many medical treatments available for this condition, and one form of natural treatment that can be used is the use of herbal remedies. Some effective herbal remedies that can be used include goldenseal, slippery elm and horehound.
Goldenseal and Slippery Elm for Bronchitis
Goldenseal is rich in both hyprastine and berberine, both which are alkaloids that are known for their antibiotic effects. Goldenseal also can help to soothe inflamed and irritated mucous membranes, including those along the throat and the respiratory tract. This makes goldenseal very beneficial for bronchitis and its symptoms. Goldenseal is often found in tea, as well as supplements which often also include echinacea, which also is helpful for those suffering from bronchitis.
Slippery elm helps to soothe irritated mucous membranes, which can help to relieve coughing, as well as a sore throat, which are often associated with bronchitis. Slippery elm is even used in many natural cough drops, as well as many cough medicines and other blended remedies that are natural, as well as organic, that are used by those that have bronchitis.
Horehound for Bronchitis
Horehound is an herbal remedy that works best when taken at the beginning stages of bronchitis. Horehound works by helping to reduce the production of mucus, and also helps to thin out mucus that is in the air passages. This can help to reduce the severity of the condition and its symptoms. Horehound works best when drank in tea form, but the extract can also be used by adding it to juice, water or any type of tea.
Although these herbal remedies can be very effective in helping with bronchitis and its symptoms, they cannot be used to replace anything that has been prescribed by a doctor. They are also safe to use along with over the counter medication, as well as other conventional forms of treatment.