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.


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 good for kids

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.


Warburgia ugandensis Solution good for adults only

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.


Zanthoxylum macrophylla Bark Solution good for all

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)


Sonchus scwheinfurthii Tea good for all

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).

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.


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