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 Herbal Medicine: Bronchitis Acute 

Allium sativum should be eaten raw in the diet or the oil taken as a supplement.

This combination supplies the following actions:

Pulmonaries (Inula helenium, Tussilago farfara)
: relaxant (Tussilago farfara)
: stimulant (
Inula helenium, Marrubium vulgare)
Demulcent (Tussilago farfara)
(Echinacea spp., Inula helenium, Hydrastis canadensis)
Anti-inflammatories (
Hydrastis canadensis, Tussilago farfara)
(Echinacea spp., Hydrastis canadensis, Tussilagofarfara)
Bitter stimulation (
Marrubium vulgare)

Remedies for external use

Volatile oil rich plants are often used for steam inhalations. It is often possible to abort the development of a cold or even the `flu using volatile oils in this way. When the problem is already established, using inhalations will loosen a cough and clear the sinuses.

Steam Inhalation
A handful of Matricaria flowers placed in a bowl and boiling water poured over them. The vapor is inhaled by the patient who places a towel over the head to create a `tent', keeping the vapor trapped in. Thymus, Eucalyptus and Origanum and often used as well. For example:
Matricaria flowers
Thymus herb
Origanum herb
equal part to 50.0g
1 tablespoon to 0.5l of boiling water

Pure volatile oils may be used. Traditionally the oil of dwarf pine needles(Pinus pumilio) has been to main oil used, but with growing interest in Aromatherapy many volatile oils are now recognized as valuable remedies for inhalations. Of the many possible oils that could be used here, consider the oils of:
  • Thymus (Thyme)
  • Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus)
  • Mentha piperita (Peppermint)
  • Pinus pumilio (Dwarf or White Pine)
  • Mentha arvensis var. piperascens (Asian Mint)

Oil of an Asian mint, Mentha arvensis var. piperascens, is a constituent of many Chinese and Japanese oils and is especially rich in menthol. Mentholis anti-inflammatory, especially on the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract. It is also anti-microbial, a stimulant to mucosal secretions and mildly anesthetic. As with many oils, it is best used at the initial onset of symptoms is felt. 3-5 drops of the oil are put in a bowl and boiling water is then added. Inhale for 5-10 minutes. Keep the eyes closed as the vapor might be irritating.

Massaging or apply the oils to chest, neck or back allows absorption through the skin, technically called percutaneous absorption. Oils absorbed this way are often eliminated from the body via the lungs, thus enabling effective treatment of lung infections or inflammations. A good technique is the application of the oil and then placing a dry pack over the oils to ensure they are absorbed and don't evaporate.

Post Bronchitis recovery:
Commonly following acute bronchitis there may be a period of debility. Appropriate herbs will not only speed recovery but facilitate the body using this time of convalescence to revivify and recuperate. Emphasis should be given to respiratory tonics, bitter tonics and then support for any body system or functions that are indicated in that unique individual.

The toning remedies that should be considered include:
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David Hoffmann BSc (Hons), MNIMHWhilst working in conservation and lecturing in ecology and the eco-crisis for the University of Wales, David Hoffman became convinced that to heal the world, to embrace planetary wholeness and responsibility for it......more
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