Yoga for bronchitis - an alternative treatment

What is Bronchitis?

Bronchitis refers to a respiratory tract infection wherein the windpipe and the bronchi (both large and small) get inflamed due to infection or other causes. Bronchitis, in short, is the inflammation of the air passage to the lungs.

What are the Symptoms of Bronchitis?

Symptoms of bronchitis may include one or more of the following:
  1. Bronchitis is accompanied by a hacking cough. This cough may persist for at least two weeks or longer. It could be dry or produce yellow-grey phlegm. The presence of phlegm could highlight a lower respiratory tract problem. In this case it is very important to consult your doctor as this could be the first sign of pneumonia.
  2. Wheezing is also a common symptom of bronchitis and is caused by the inflammation of airways, making it harder to breathe freely
  3. Other symptoms include sore throat, blocked nose, tightness in chest, sinus, headaches, slight fever, and stomach and chest soreness (caused by constant coughing).

What are the Causes of Bronchitis?

Bronchitis almost always occurs during the cold and flu season, and is preceded by a cold and is the result of bacterial or viral infection. Bronchitis can also be the result of exposure to harsh chemicals, fumes and dust; this includes tobacco inhaled when smoking. It can also highlight a serious underlying respiratory tract infection like pneumonia.

There are two types of bronchitis – acute bronchitis and chronic bronchitis. The former is usually preceded by flu and if diagnosed early is fairly simple to treat and control. The latter on the other hand is a more severe condition. It lasts longer than acute bronchitis and needs immediate medical attention. It may not be very easy to treat and causes even greater discomfort.

Doctors recommend a round of conventional allopathic remedies for bronchitis till the infection clears. When this course of medication is combined with bronchitis alternative treatments like yoga, it helps the body heal faster. It also helps the body regain strength and eases discomfort that is usually associated with the condition.

Yoga for bronchitis is a complementary therapy for treating bronchitis. Through a series of very gentle poses and more importantly deep breathing techniques, yoga can help the body beat bronchitis faster and more effectively.

Yoga’s deep breathing techniques help clear the nasal passages and infuses the system with a fresh flow of oxygen. Despite the inflammation, yoga helps you breathe in adequate amounts of oxygen to facilitate efficient lung function. It clears congestion and strengthens the lungs. Deep breathing and gentle postures also help ease the many aches and pains experienced across the body. It flushes the body with energy allowing you to recover faster.