Bronchitis is an inflammation and irritation of the airways that lead to the lungs. The condition is usually mild and eventually heals completely. Bronchitis may become serious in chronically ill people with heart or lung disease and in the elderly. Viruses are the usual cause of bronchitis, but it may also result from bacteria infection or exposure to cigarette smoke or air pollution.
Symptoms of bronchitis usually start with common cold symptoms like a runny nose, tiredness, chills, back and muscle aches, slight fever, and sore throat. After 3 or 4 days following the above symptoms, the person will develop a dry cough, which is the beginning of bronchitis. Some people may just have the dry cough and some may eventually have a more productive cough which produces sputum after a day or two. The mucus color may change from clear to white, yellow or green depending on how severe the infection is. Someone with severe bronchitis may have a high fever for 3 to 5 days, after which most symptoms improve, but the cough may last several weeks. If the airways are blocked, the person may become short of breath. Wheezing is common especially after coughing. Pneumonia could develop.
Having bronchitis with another lung disease, such as asthma, may increase the risk for pneumonia. Frequent lung infection, especially in a person who smokes, may lead to the development of chronic bronchitis. Tobacco smokers are also at high risk for developing emphysema. Chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthma are known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Healthy Ping’s remedies and Suggestions:
Ginger helps with dry or chronic cough, congestion, bronchitis and asthma. Ginger aids in breaking down and removing mucus, loosening up phlegm, expanding the lungs and recovering quickly from difficulty in breathing. Ginger also helps improve the immune system, anti-bacteria, anti-virus, anti-fungus properties and anti-infections in the gastro-intestine and lungs.
Herb helps with anti-infection, anti-inflammation, detoxify, clean the lungs and airways, gets rid of the mucus from bronchitis, relieves congestion, subsides the coughs, soothes irritation of the airways and stops chronic coughs & dry coughs as well. Please call Dr. Liyan Lu at (661) 513-9265.
Vitamin B2 is essential for tissue repair. It improves the lining of the respiratory tract, the digestive tract, mucous membrane & blood vessel wall and protects the surface of the mucosa and skin. Vitamin B2 also helps produce new red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout your body and improve general health. Take vitamin B2 100mg daily.
Vitamin C boosts immune system, anti-inflammation and infection. Take vitamin C 500 mg 1 or 2 times a day with a meal.
Zinc helps bronchitis and chronic dry cough. A new meta-analysis shows that Zinc supplement can reduce the duration and severity of a cold. Taking 10 mg of zinc daily can help.
Acupuncture boosts immune system, strengthens body defense ability to fight the infections, improves lung function and shortens the illness period.
Cupping increases blood circulation, speeds up the detoxification, relieves the fever and bronchitis symptoms.
Massage helps the blood flow, reduces the stress and comforts body aching.
For more information please call Dr. Liyan Lu at (661) 513-9265, Ping’s Acupuncture / Bamboo Acupuncture.