Friday, January 13, 2006

Coughing up a Storm?

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchi in the lungs. Bronchitis causes a dry cough that over time turns productive (wet). Bronchitis usually occurs after a cold, sinus inflammation or flu. The productive part of the cough is the body's way of expelling infected mucus from the lungs. Bronchitis usually lasts about about two to three weeks and is mostly likely caused by a virus, so antibiotics are not helpful. The number one thing to do for bronchitis is rest. Hot soup always helps break up the mucus. Vitamin C taken in 3 or 4 dosages throughout the day fights viruses and infections. Astragalus helps to strengthen the lungs and increases immune system function. It is very helpful with bronchitis, but not to be taken when fever is present. Licorce root (DGL) helps to reduce coughing.

Thought for the Week: "It must be remembered that physicians of today treat the sick, but they must also learn how to examine well persons to prevent them from getting sick."---Charles Mayo, MD. Of the Mayo Clinic Mayos.

The beauty of Chiropractic is that we help to get sick people well and then keep well people healthy.-----------Me (Dr. J.)


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