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BRONCHITIS AND BRONCHIAL ASTHMA

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Causes and Symptoms:If the tubes carrying air to the lungs become inflamed, the condition is known as bronchitis. It may strike anywhere, but generally it is endemic to cold and damp climates. The inflammation of the bronchial tubes attacks the mucous membrane of the bronchi to which phlegm adheres and there is difficulty in expelling it. The viscid phlegm sticks to the tubes and the air passage is narrowed, resulting in difficulty in breathing and the production of a wheezing sound. A fit of coughing turns the patient blue and the lack of oxygen leads to a progressive weakening and even emaciation of the sufferer. In case the attack is acute, there may also be fever, breathlessness and loss of appetite; if it becomes chronic it gives rise to many complications.

Remedies: The simplest remedy which also helps bronchial asthma (which is only a chronic form of bronchitis) is one teaspoonful of Turmeric Powder (Haldi) with a glass of milk twice or thrice daily. It should be taken preferably on an empty stomach when it acts best. An alternative remedy is a powder of equal quantities of dried Ginger, Pepper and Long Pepper taken thrice daily. It may be licked with Honey or infused with your daily tea. These drugs have antipyretic qualities and deal with fever attendant upon an attack of bronchitis.

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