Cough and Bronchitis

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.


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.


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 homeopathy or other medical practitioner immediately.

Homeopathic Medicines

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 from a tickle in the pit of the throat look at Rumex.
  • Self Care and Home Remedies
    • 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.
    • Drink licorice root tea, one cup three times a day, as an expectorant.
    • Avoid dairy products, sweets, and heavy foods.
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