is the deep, wet, or dry cough that comes on and lingers after
an infection, such as a cold, sinusitis, or the flu. The cough,
which may start out dry and then turn productive, is the body’s
way of expelling infected mucus (phlegm) from the lungs. An
episode of bronchitis may last for one to two weeks, and because
a virus usually causes it, antibiotics may not be helpful. The
best treatment is usually rest, combined with immune-enhancing
natural therapies, as well as symptomatic therapy to calm the
cough and promote removal of the mucus.
develops in the continual presence of irritants, usually tobacco
smoke, but also environmental allergies and damp, foggy weather;
it sometimes results from food allergies. It often begins as
a protracted case of acute bronchitis that returns every few
months and, if the irritants are not removed, will develop into
a constant cough, often accompanied by breathlessness and sometimes
wheezing. The weakened condition of the lungs leaves the body
vulnerable to infections like acute bronchitis, pneumonia, and
emphysema. In its advanced stage, even minor colds can grow
into deadly diseases. The best treatment is to eliminate the
irritants that caused the condition. This is accomplished by
identifying the offending allergens and removing them or reducing
your body’s sensitivity to them.
** All of these prescriptions
below have been proven effective; level of effectiveness depends
on the individual. Please consult your doctor when taking any
and all supplements.
Super Prescriptions – Bronchitis
Prescription #1 N-acetylcysteine (NAC) - LifeSource
NAC reduces the viscosity of phlegm so that it is easier
to expectorate. It’s useful for acute and chronic
bronchitis (especially for smokers and people with asthma
or emphysema). Take 600 daily.
Prescription #2 Vitamin
C - LifeSource
Take 500 to 1,000 mg three times daily. It enhances immune
function for acute bronchitis and has anti-allergy benefits
for chronic bronchitis. Vitamin C is particularly important
Prescription #3 Echinacea
and Goldenseal - LifeSource
Take this combination 2 to 4 times daily for acute bronchitis
with a wet cough. Both herbs enhance immune function,
and goldenseal works to dry up mucus.
Prescription #5 Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
Take 500 mg of the capsule or 2 ml of the tincture four
times daily. This herb promotes this discharge of mucus
and has soothing/anti-inflammatory effects for the respiratory
Prescription #6 Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) - LifeSource
Astragalus is an excellent treatment for chronic, as well
as acute, bronchitis. It strengthens weak lungs and increases
the body’s general resistance to infection. Take
500 to 1,000 mg or 3.5 ml of a tincture two or three times
daily. Do not take astragalus if you have a fever.
Prescription #7 Colloidal silver
Take one-half to 1 teaspoon, or as directed on the container,
three times daily for five days. It has an antimicrobial
effect, especially for bacteria.
A cough that may start out dry but that turns deep and productive,
with thick clear or yellow mucus
Usually follows a viral infection
bouts of acute bronchitis that recur frequently
A persistent, constant cough that’s worse upon waking
Food or environmental allergens, causing excess mucus in the
or exposure to second-hand smoke
Environmental irritants (especially dust, pollen, animal dander,
Cold, damp, foggy weather
mucus secretions, drink a glass of clean water every two waking
chicken soup also thins mucus. Add garlic or ginger for flavor
and immune support.
phlegm, have some hot barley soup.
are an old folk remedy and have anti-inflammatory properties,
so eat them often.
have bacterial bronchitis and are taking antibiotics, consume
nondairy sour products, such as kefir or sauerkraut, daily to
replenish disease-fighting bacteria.
Foods to Avoid
foods that encourage mucus production: dairy products, chocolate,
and bananas, as well as processed, refined, fried, and junk
foods. Avoid simple sugars, as they suppress immune function.
water, soup, juice, and herbal tea for a few days to let your
body turn its full attention to fighting the infection. Fasting
will also speed the elimination of mucus, especially when expectorant
herbal teas are part of the regimen.
preferably in bed, while the illness is at it’s worst.
When you feel better, move around to keep the infection from
settling into your lungs, but continue to rest after periods
Don’t take a cough suppressant. The lungs need to expel
phlegm to get healthy, and suppressants keep them from doing
so. Consistent use of suppressants can lead to worse cases
of acute bronchitis or even to chronic bronchitis or pneumonia.
Encourage expectoration by applying warm compresses to your
Don’t smoke or expose yourself to secondhand smoke.
If you have chronic bronchitis and live in a damp, cold climate,
you may have to move to another location that’s dry
and warm. You should have your doctor consider mold allergies
as a possible cause of chronic bronchitis.
People with chronic bronchitis need to keep their lungs as
elastic and strong as possible. Exercise, breath deeply, and,
if you enjoy music, take up a wind instrument.