Ayurveda defines ‘bronchitis’ or ‘shwas roga’ as an obliteration of the respiratory passage caused by a vitiated Vata and Kapha which leads to an acute attack of breathlessness. The first sign of these symptoms must be treated properly to ensure a rapid recovery. Though acute bronchitis necessitates immediate medical attention, minor symptoms can be treated with proper self-care. Some herbal medicines have been found to be efficacious in the treatment of bronchitis. Below mentioned are four effective herbal treatments for bronchitis:
- Justicia Adhatoda
Justicia adhatoda, also known as Malabar nut or Vasaka, is a powerful ayurvedic plant that enhances respiratory function. This herb has a wide range of curative properties and is one of the top four herbal treatments for bronchitis. Vasaka offers unfailing relief in bronchitis, especially where the sputum is thick and sticky. It liquefies the sputum in order to bring it up more easily. To prevent bronchitis, a decoction of Vasaka leaves with a spoon of honey (diabetic patients can avoid honey) can be consumed daily.
- Tinospora Cordifolia
Tinospora cordifolia, commonly known as Giloy, is another ayurvedic herb that has long been used and advocated for the treatment of bronchitis. If taken on a daily basis, this herbal treatment for bronchitis proves to be an effective remedy. Its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties calm the mucous membranes of the respiratory system which aids in the relief of inflamed bronchial lining. Patients are typically advised to consume its juice twice daily on an empty stomach for relief.
Mulethi, also known as yashtimadhu, is the next herb on the list of herbal treatments for bronchitis. Because it has strong anti-inflammatory properties, this herb can help alleviate the symptoms of bronchitis. This root contains glycyrrhizin, which inhibits microbial growth and thereby combats bronchial inflammation. It has been suggested that the consumption of mulethi’s decoction or chewing a small piece of yastimadhu provides relief.
- Ocimum Tenuiflorum
Ocimum tenuiflorum, commonly known as holy basil or tulsi, is a traditional herb used in the herbal treatment of bronchitis. It has a high concentration of cooling bioactive components as well as antimicrobial elements. Tulsi leaves contain vitamins A, C, and K, as well as minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and potassium. A herbal drink made by boiling tulsi leaves in water can be consumed once a day as part of a regular diet to effectively resolve incessant coughing and headaches, as well as symptoms of bronchitis.
All the above-mentioned remedies of herbal treatment for bronchitis are quite effective in treating the minor symptoms of bronchitis. To some extent, these remedies can provide relief to the patients if strictly followed. These patients are also encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle, which includes quitting smoking for good. However, if the patient’s condition is critical, he should be rushed to the hospital right away.