What is Bronchitis?
When one has a cold or flu, there are many pathogens that pass through the respiratory system in the form of viral and bacterial infections. Following the cold or flu, however, the pathogens will sometimes settle in the bronchi, which are the airway passages in the lungs. This development can lead to bronchitis, which is an inflammation of the bronchi, and the person suffering from this condition may experience a mild fever, severe cough, and tightness in the chest as well as fatigue and exhaustion. There are two types of bronchitis: acute, which is the result of a bacterial or viral infection, and chronic, which is often the result of smoking, asthma, low immune function, or advanced age.
How can I treat Bronchitis?
According to traditional Chinese medicine, a respiratory infection such as bronchitis derives from heat in the lungs, caused by the presence of pathogens, and treatments reflect the goal of removing the pathogens and clearing the lungs. Chronic bronchitis is often the result of an imbalance in the stomach, and treatments may be based on re-balancing the stomach network. The recommended diet for chronic bronchitis is one rich in complex carbohydrates, low in fat, and filled with foods such as almonds, honey, and green vegetables, including kale, asparagus, and Brussels sprouts. It is also recommended to drink 80 ounces of room-temperature or lukewarm water per day, consume one tablespoon of honey and onion syrup 4 to 5 times a day, and limit physical activity to restful walks and qi gong exercises.
What should I avoid in my lifestyle for Bronchitis?
It is best to eliminate foods that produce mucous when treating chronic bronchitis. This includes dairy products, processed sugars, white flour, and soft drinks. It is also recommended to avoid alcohol, smoking, caffeine, cold weather, stress, and anxiety.
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