Acute bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes. The symptoms that are associated with acute bronchitis are: mild to moderate fever accompanied by a cough. The infection may be viral or bacterial.
With acute bronchitis, the cough is frequent and causes pain behind the sternum. In first 2 – 3 days the cough is dry, but later on it becomes more productive.
The mucus is initially watery and runny and becomes yellowish or greenish-yellow as it progresses. If there is an build-up of mucus, a wheezing sound can be heard when the patient breathes in and out. Normally, acute bronchitis disappears within one to two weeks.
9 homeopathic remedies for the treatment of acute bronchitis
We will list the homeopathic remedies based upon the phase of acute bronchitis we are in. This will enable us to choose which one we need. Some of the most useful homeopathic remedies are as follows:
– In the initial stage, the patient has a temperature and a dry cough
Aconitum napellus 7C
Aconitum is used after a sudden chill. The temperature appears all of a sudden, the patient feels intense thirst – particularly for cold drinks. The cough is dry and painful. The sufferer who is usually energetic and full of vigour is restless and distressed.
Belladonna is used when the initial fever is sudden and changeable. The cough is dry, powerful and spasmodic. The face becomes red and sweaty. The sufferer complains of a burning, stinging throat.
The dry, non-productive cough disappears and a slightly productive cough emerges.
Bryonia alba 7C
Bryonia is used when the temperature appears over a period of time. The cough is dry and the patient feels pain behind the sternum. The Bryonia patient’s cough is made worse with movement, eating, drinking and heat. The patient develops a headache from constant coughing. The patient becomes irritable, grumpy and wants to be left alone.
Drosera rotundifolia 15 or 30C
Drosera is useful in treating spasmodic, dry coughs. The patient has coughing fits that happen mainly at night. The cough is worse upon lying down, drinking, eating and with exposure to heat.
Rumex crispus 5C
Rumex is recommended for coughs that are dry and exhausting. Patients feel a tickling in the throat and in the depth of their chest. The cough is worsened with cold air and improved by closing the mouth or covering the nose and mouth area.
The illness evolves into acute bronchitis. The cough produces thick phlegm and there is an accumulation of mucus that obstructs the breathing process.
Antimonium tartaricum 5C
Antimonium is advised when there is a large amount of thick mucus in the lungs that is difficult to expel. The patient struggles to breathe.
Chamomilla vulgaris 9C or 15C
Chamomilla is indicated for bronchitis that appears in the infant during teething.
Ipeca is used in spasmodic coughs that are accompanied by nausea and vomiting. The patient has a chest that is full of mucus, but finds it difficult to expectorate. When he breathes in, a whistling sound can be heard. When he breathes out, a buzzing sound can be heard. The cough can become asthmatic.
Pulsatilla is used in coughs that are dry at night and productive during the day. The phlegm is thick and yellowish. The Pulsatilla patient improves with movement and fresh air.
How should these medicines be taken in bronchitis and bronchiolitis?
In the acute phase, the homeopathic remedies should be taken every 2 hours on the first day and then spaced out as the patient recovers. This article shows us how to administer homeopathy.
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