About the Illness

Bronchitis is an infection of the bronchii (tubes that carry air to the lungs) which comes in two forms. Acute bronchitis is a short infection, sometimes accompanying an upper respiratory tract infection that may be either viral or bacterial.
Chronic bronchitis is a serious long-term disorder requiring regular medical treatment.


Common Symptoms

Acute Bronchitis: hacking cough; yellow, white or green phlegm usually appearing 24-48 hours after a cough; fever and chills; soreness and tightness in chest; pain below the breastbone during deep breathing.
Chronic Bronchitis: persistent coughing producing yellow, white or green phlegm(for at least 3 months of the year, and for more than 2 consecutive years); wheezing and some breathlessness.



Children's Issues

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Important Information

You should seek professional help if:

  • Cough is so persistent or severe that it interferes with sleep or daily activities.
  • Symptoms last more than a week, and mucus becomes darker, thicker, or increases in volume.
        If so, you probably have a bacterial infection that requires further treatment.
  • You have great difficulty breathing. This symptom could signal asthma, emphysema, tuberculosis, heart disease or a serious allergic reaction.


Herbal Therapy

Bean Ash Solution Dissolve 1 tbsp bean ash in 1 glass water and drink 3x daily for 4 days.(All children - take 1 tsp in 1 glass water 3x daily.) Then take Sonchus schweinfurthii tea (see below) for 2 weeks.         


Ash
 
The ash of different plants is used for many different medical applications.
Follow these instructions for preparing each kind of ash:
  • Banana Ash - Dry banana skin then put it in a clean, dry saucepan and place this over the heat. Leave it in the saucepan until it burns to ash.
  • Maize Cob Ash - Place the maize cob in the fire and allow it to catch alight. Take it out while still aflame and leave it to burn on a clean metal surface (or in a saucepan). Once it has burned, crush it to ash.
  • Bean Ash - Use the dried remains of any part of the bean plant (the pods or husks are particularly good for this). Put the dried remains in a clean,    dry saucepan and place it over the heat until the contents burn to ash.  As these burn, add more of the dried bean plant until these too burn to ash.


[Ash]
Good for:Kids
Warburgia ugandensis Solution Dissolve a pinch of bark in 1/4 glass of warm water OR take 3 leaves, steep them in 1/4 glass of warm water. Take 2x daily 1 1/2 hours before meals for 4 days. Then take Sonchus schweinfurthii tea (see below) for 2 weeks.     


Solution
 
  • This means preparing a powder from a part of the plant which is then dissolved in water.

[Solution]
Good for:Adults Only
Zanthoxylum macrophylla Bark Solution Crush bark and dissolve 1/2 tsp in 1 glass water and drink 1 glass 2x daily. (10-16 yrs: 1 glass 2x daily; 6-10 yrs: 1/4 glass 2x daily; up to 6 yrs: 1 tsp 2x daily).


Solution
 
  • This means preparing a powder from a part of the plant which is then dissolved in water.

[Solution]
Good for:All
Sonchus scwheinfurthii Tea Take the whole plant and boil in a saucepan of water. Drink 1 glass 2x daily for two weeks. (10-16 yrs: 1 glass 2x daily; 6-10 yrs: 1/4 glass 2x daily; 2-6 yrs: 2 tbsp 2x daily; up to 2 yrs: do not use).

Tea/Decoction
 
This is a good method for extracting substances from thick leaves, roots or bark.  
  • Boil 1 handful of plant material together with 1 ltr of water for about 20 minutes.  
  • Try to use a clay pot or stainless steel saucepan. Do NOT use aluminium saucepans as they can react adversely with the medicine.
  • Prepare a fresh decoction every day.  
  • If you need to sweeten the decoction, use honey instead of sugar because honey has more medicinal value than sugar.

[Tea/Decoction]
Good for:All

Food and Nutrition Advice

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Body Work and General Advice

  • Drink lots of hot water.
  • Do NOT smoke.
  • Take exercise to help build up your lung tissue.
  • Avoid cold meals and drinks.
  • Eat small meals many times a day instead of big heavy meals which push the stomach against the lungs and causes discomfort.