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Herbs That Are Helpful in Treating Bronchitis

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The throat, nose, and sinuses are usually where bronchitis starts from and when the condition begins to affect the lung, a worse condition known as pneumonia may develop. A short-term or acute case of bronchitis usually resolves by itself within a week or two but the cough associated with this condition tends to linger a little longer.

Long-term or chronic bronchitis is usually identified by a doctor when the cough lasts persistently for a minimum of three months often combined with abundant mucus. Depending on the manifested symptoms, Western medical doctors will prescribe steroidal inhalers and/or pills, cough suppressants, and antibiotics. Naturopathic modalities and acupuncture treat bronchitis in Miami from the inside out as they target the underlying cause of the problem and then the symptoms.

Acupuncture for Bronchitis

Besides pneumonia, when left untreated, bronchitis may cause other worse and severe health issues such as chronic bronchial asthma. Long-term struggles such as chronic bronchial asthma as well as acute conditions can be resolved with the highly beneficial treatment of acupuncture particularly when the condition is seasonally related. In 1990 the journal J Tradit Chin Med published a study wherein 192 patients suffering from bronchial asthma participated and who were all given acupuncture. The results showed a 98.8% rate of effectiveness in clinical remission at a 76.5%.marked improvement of symptoms.

Chinese Herbs for Bronchitis

Chinese herbalists prescribe certain herbal formulas for treating bronchitis. These herbalists will first need to know the medications their patients are currently taking in order to determine the correct herbal prescriptions that would not interfere with the meds and even enhance their effects. Some beneficial herbs that are often prescribed for bronchitis include dandelion, pleurisy root, stinging nettle, and marshmallow root.

Nutritional Therapy

There are specific foods that can worsen or relieve bronchial symptoms. Some of the foods that have degenerative or restorative attributes feature:

Processed Foods – packaged canned foods, sugar, and white flour can overwork the system because of their toxic properties especially when they are broken down in the body. Eating fresh whole foods and staying away from processed foods can help strengthen the immune system making it function at optimal levels.

Dairy – staying away from dairy products will help your body to cope better with bronchitis and help clear away mucus in the gastrointestinal and respiratory lining.

Vegetables and Fruits– adding more of these in your diet can lessen digestive taxing on the system. Vitamin C and zinc rich foods provide much needed nutrients to strengthen the body, treat inflammation and heal the bronchitis.

Honey and Grapes– honey can help soothe stubborn cough related to bronchitis while grapes can help expectorate the mucus from the body.

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July 4th, 2015 at 11:37 pm

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Relieve Bronchitis Symptoms and Boost Your Immune System with TCM and Acupuncture

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Bronchitis is a disease of the lungs that is triggered by smoke, dust, and other industrial pollutants. If left untreated, bronchitis can lead to lung tissue problem that can never be mended. Asthma can be due to the body’s sensitivity to common allergens such as dust, mold, pollen, and cigarette smoke. Asthma is usually connected to bronchitis. This is because an asthmatic person has a very high likelihood of developing bronchitis. During an asthma attack, the muscle walls of the respiratory tract going to the lungs suddenly constrict resulting in a sudden loss of oxygen causing the person to laboriously struggle to breathe.

Based on the viewpoint of TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine, the life energy of the body known as qi which normalizes the physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional health of a person flows throughout the body on qi vessels known as meridians. The flow of qi can be severely disrupted by elemental, emotional, and environmental factors that usually result in the development of illnesses. TCM considers bronchitis as a pathogenic infiltration of cold or hot wind into the body. Western medicine sees bronchitis in the same way as TCM, which is an infection albeit caused by a virus or bacteria. Acupuncturists take into account a patient’s specific condition including his/her emotional and physical condition. Acupuncture treatments are customized to activate certain acupuncture points via the insertion of fine stainless steel needles into these points. The needles help clear the blockages in the circulation of qi, enabling the body to go back to its normal and robust state of health.

Oftentimes, Chinese herbs are used alongside acupuncture to resolve the symptoms of bronchitis including cough, headaches, colds, chills, perspiration and stomach pains. Studies done a few years back have shown that patients with bronchitis had shorter durations of bronchitis signs and symptoms after using Chinese herbs. Herbs such as Chinese Paris Rhizome, frankincense, calculus bovis, and myrrh are used to remove toxins and heat, lessen swelling and stimulate the generation of new tissue.

The Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine published a study that showed patients who had regular acupuncture sessions had a significant decrease in the use of drugs, especially steroids that relieved bronchitis symptoms. The long term use of these medications can lead to liver damage. Acupuncture treatment can help a person be less prone to bronchial infections. It also can bring relief to some of the symptoms of bronchitis by boosting the immune system and clearing out internal blockages in a safe and effective way.


Kine Fischler is a licensed acupuncture physician and the clinical director of Willow Tree Wellness Clinic in Portland, OR.

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January 6th, 2015 at 10:06 pm

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Treating Bronchitis with Acupuncture

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The western world is now more interested in acupuncture than ever before due to people’s growing awareness of the harmful effects pharmaceutical products have on the body. Acupuncture is a healing system that has been used for thousand of years to treat several kinds of conditions. People who have no idea what acupuncture is may find it a bit bizarre that a treatment to relieve health problems such as bronchitis need to use needles to treat the problem.

My First Experience with Acupuncture

My first encounter with acupuncture was more of an adventure since I literally knew very little about this therapy. I had no idea as to why it should work at all and the only thing I know about it is that some of my friends had reaped significant health benefits from it.

My first acupuncture treatment was for the pain in my back. It was a severe type of pain that had me having long sleepless nights. One session of acupuncture and the pain was gone! This incredible experience made me curious as to how acupuncture really works.

Two Schools Of Thought as to Why Acupuncture Works

Two schools of thought explain the effectiveness of acupuncture. Traditional acupuncture believes that the acupuncture needles inserted into acupuncture points in the body help stimulate the movement of energy known as qi in the body. This belief is an ancient medical philosophy espoused by Chinese medicine usually termed as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM states that good health stems from the normal flow of qi coursing all over the body through energy channels known as meridians.

TCM believes that qi travels along 12 main meridians in the body and if the flow becomes imbalanced, disease can develop. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine often utilize a number of diagnostic tools and usually perform acupuncture therapy to commence treatment and complement their acupuncture with herbal therapy.

The other school of thought is medical acupuncture. Adherents of this practice believe that the needles are used to stimulate the patient’s central nervous system which then produces and releases beneficial chemicals and hormones.

Acupuncture Can Help Treat Bronchitis

Whatever school of though you believe in or whether you are a realist who only believe what you can see (or feel), in this instance, a lot of those who have experienced acupuncture have had their bronchitis symptoms significantly alleviated. In fact, besides that, acupuncture had enabled them to ward off future attacks and help boost the function of their lungs.

What Is Bronchitis?

The bronchi are the part of the body considered as the lung’s main airways. If they become infected, they become irritated and inflamed and will then manifest symptoms that characterize bronchitis. One particular symptom of bronchitis is a hacking cough that may come with yellowish-gray colored mucus.

Bronchitis According to the Viewpoint of TCM

Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine state that bronchitis can be either the result of external or internal pathogenic factors.

Seasonal pathogens fall into the external pathogenic factor category while internal organ disorders are considered internal pathogen category. Usually, acute bronchitis is the result of external factors while chronic bronchitis often is due to internal factors.

Treating Bronchitis with Acupuncture

There is still no known cure for chronic bronchitis. Most of bronchitis sufferers are able to properly manage their condition at home. The immune system benefits greatly from acupuncture therapy as the treatment strengthens the system well enough assisting the body to regain the balance of its body systems. The function of the lungs is also bolstered. After undergoing the required number of acupuncture sessions, these elements are experienced fully.

Acupuncture helps strengthen the immune system and places the patient’s entire health system back into balance. Lung function will be strengthened after the number of treatment sessions is done and these main elements become stronger and more balanced. This makes the body healthy enough to repel any future infections and attacks.

The number of inflammation of secretions is lessened with acupuncture, as well as the congestion and the body’s sensitivity to chemical or physical irritants or allergens. The number of sessions may depend after diagnosis of the condition has been made. This may differ from patient to patient due to physiology, symptoms and other factors. Usually, in acute bronchitis, a few sessions are needed while chronic bronchitis may entail around 10 to 15 sessions.


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September 15th, 2014 at 9:17 am

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Acupuncture for Bronchitis

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A lot of the ancient cultures in East Asia have been using the ancient healing art of acupuncture for thousands of years.  It has been practiced in Europe for hundreds of years while in the United States, it has been growing in popularity for more than 40 years now. People who don’t know what acupuncture is may find this therapy strange since it involves pricking needles in a patient to treat a health condition such as bronchitis.

The Two Schools Of Thought of Acupuncture

The two predominant schools of thought of acupuncture are traditional acupuncture and medical acupuncture. The former is a healing system that has been practiced for millennia in East Asia while the latter is widely being utilized by doctors trained in western medicine. Traditional acupuncture believes that needles inserted into specific acupuncture points are associated to different parts of the body where meridians or energy vessels lie.

Traditional acupuncturists believe that energy or qi circulates along 12 meridians in the body and if the circulation slows down, disease can develop. Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) use unique diagnostic tools to diagnose a patient and often utilize acupuncture to commence the treatment, eventually augmenting the treatment with herbs.

Medical acupuncture practitioners, on the other hand, argue that the needles activate the central nervous system of the patient. This causes the nervous system to produce chemicals and hormones.

Acupuncture Therapy for Bronchitis

Acupuncture therapy has actually been proven to treat bronchitis. Moreover, it can improve the function of your lungs and prevent recurrences of future bronchitis attacks.

What Is Bronchitis?

The bronchi are the primary airways of the lungs.  When they become infected, the bronchi become irritated and inflamed causing the condition known as bronchitis – its main symptom is a hacking cough. In certain instances, the cough comes with gray-yellowish mucus.

The TCM View of Bronchitis

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners think that bronchitis is due to either external or internal pathogenic factors.

External pathogenic factors can also be considered as seasonal pathogens while internal factors originate from internal organ problems.  Basically, acute bronchitis is caused by external factors while chronic bronchitis comes from internal factors.

Treating Bronchitis with Acupuncture

The majority of bronchitis cases can be easily managed at home although no cure is still available for chronic bronchitis.

The benefits of acupuncture in helping to treat bronchitis include its ability to strengthen the immune system helping to restore balance to the patient’s entire health system. Besides this, the function of the Lung is also reinforced.  After the entire treatment plan is accomplished, these elements become stronger and more balanced which means that the probability of recurrence of bronchitis is almost zero.

Acupuncture treatments lessen the patient’s sensitivity to irritants (chemical or physical factors), decrease congestion and reduce inflammation of secretions.

The treatment plan may depend on the diagnosis of the patient. The plan may differ from person to person due to physiology, symptoms and other factors. Treatment for acute bronchitis usually entails just a few sessions; chronic bronchitis, on the other hand may need around 10 to 15 sessions of acupuncture treatment.

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May 2nd, 2014 at 2:01 am

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