Homeopathy treatment for Coughs and Bronchitis (See also Common Cold and Flu.)

Homeopathy Treatment

Homeopathy treatment for Coughs and Bronchitis  (See also Common Cold and Flu.)

Description

Acute bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes of the lungs. It is often associated with a cold or upper respiratory infection, fever, sore throat, and a nasal discharge or postnasal drip. Although infection is the most common cause, it may also be caused by inhaling irritant substances, or it may be a complication of allergies and sinusitis. Bronchitis usually lasts three to five days, or up to several weeks.

Symptoms

Coughs may be dry or loose. The most common symptoms are a tickling feeling in the throat or chest, fits of uncontrollable coughing, excessive mucus, interrupted sleep due to the inability to lie down without coughing/ hoarseness and pain in the throat, chest, or head.

Complications

Bronchitis may lead to pneumonia in serious cases. Patients with shortness of breath, weakness or exhaustion, persistent fever, and a thick yellow- green, brown, or bloody mucus from the lungs should see a qualified homeopath or other medical practitioner immediately.

Look

Blueness of the lips or under the nails.

Rapid pulse or breathing.

Posture while breathing or coughing.

Listen

"My chest is rattling and gurgling when I cough." Antimonium tartaricum

"Every time I move, I cough." Bryonia

"I feel like I'm choking to death when I cough because I have so much mucus." Coccus cacti

"My child vomits when he has a fit of coughing." Drosera

"I get so sick to my stomach that I feel like I'm going to throw up when- ever I cough." Ipecac

"She has nosebleeds with her coughing fits." Ipecac

"I start coughing every time I Lie down to, go to sleep." Rumex

Ask

When did the cough start?

Was there any emotional trauma or stress that preceded the cough?

How severe is the coughing?

How frequently do you cough?

What makes you cough?

What makes your cough better or worse?

At what time is the cough better or worse?

What does the discharge from the lungs look like? How does it taste?

Is there any blood in the discharge?

How much appetite do you have? Do you have any desire for certain foods?

How thirsty are you? Is there any desire for certain drinks?

Do you have a fever?

Do you have any mental or emotional symptoms?

Are there any other symptoms since the cough started?

Pointers for Finding the Homeopathic Medicine

·         If the cough is extremely loose and rattly, think first of Antimonium tartaricum, then of Ipecac and Pulsatilla.

·         If the person feels parched and is worse from any movement, give Bryonia.

·         For bronchitis with fits of coughing, look at Drosera, Hepar sulphuris, Spongia, and Rumex.

·         For dry, croupy coughs, think first of Spongia, Drosera, and Hepar sulphuris.

·         For coughs that come from a tickle in the pit of the throat, look at Rumex.

Dosage

·         Give three pellets of 30C every four hours until you see improvement.

·         If there is no improvement after three doses, give a different medicine.

·         After you first notice improvement, give another dose only if symptoms begin to return.

·         Lower potencies (6X, 6C, 30X) may need to be given more often (every two to four hours).

·         Higher potencies (200X, 200C, 1M) generally need to be given only once. Repeat only if symptoms return with intensity; give only infrequently in this case.

What to Expect from Homeopathic Self-Care

Bronchitis and coughs usually resolve in twenty-four to seventy-two hours with homeopathic treatment.

Other Self-Care Suggestions

·         For a wet cough, drink three to four cups a day of hot ginger tea. Boil three slices of fresh ginger in two cups of water for fifteen minutes.

·         Hot water with plenty of freshly squeezed lemon juice and a little honey helps cut mucus. Drink three to four cups a day.

·         Gargle with warm salt water.

·         Vitamin C: 500 mg every four hours.

·         Beta-carotene: 50,000 IU per day.

·         Zinc: 30 mg per day. I Drink licorice root tea, one cup three times a day, as an expectorant.

·         Avoid dairy products, sweets, and heavy foods.

·         Drink one to three glasses a day of freshly squeezed carrot juice.

 

·         Wild cherry bark cough syrup: one-half teaspoon up to six times a day. Avoid cough syrups with eucalyptus, pine, camphor, or menthol while taking homeopathic medicines. 



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