Several respiratory conditions may be caused by bacteria, viruses or allergens. Your lungs can get inflamed if you come into contact with these agents from your surroundings. This can sometimes occur during severe cold, influenza or allergic reactions. One common type of lung condition is bronchitis.5 This makes the bronchial tubes swell up and create excessive mucous.5 The bronchial tubes are the air passages to your lungs.5
Symptoms of acute bronchitis can include:
- Trouble breathing
- Chest pain2
How Can I Get Relief from the Symptoms of Chest Congestion?
Most cases of bronchitis due to infections such as cold, influenza, and allergies will go away within about ten days or less.2 However, you can try to prevent getting sick by:
Washing your hands often – Use soap and water to keep your hands clean, as much as possible. This will help prevent the spread of germs. If you can’t access soap and water, or your hands are visibly dirty, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.3
Keep your things clean – Wipe your surfaces and the things you touch often.3 Its best to use disinfectant or an alcohol-based sanitizer spray for this.
Avoid contact – Keep a safe distance from those who are sick or showing symptoms. Be responsible and stay home if you are sick as well.3 If you are allergic to environmental agents such as pollen, avoid going out when the pollen counts are high, as indicated by your local health authorities.
Have a healthy lifestyle – That includes a healthy diet, exercise, drinking plenty of water and rest.3 This will keep your immune system strong and lower the number of infections you get.
What About Traditional Medicines?
Astragalus is an herb that has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine.6 It grows predominantly in northern China, Mongolia and Siberia, and has a warm, sweet taste when mixed into drink.6 This ancient herb has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to tonify the lungs and for frequent colds.8 It is also known to help maintain a healthy immune system, support the spleen, and augment vital energy.8
Licorice is one of the oldest herbal medicines in the world, licorice has been used for thousands of years.8 It has been used traditionally as an expectorant to help relieve bronchitis, and other chest complaints such as mucous buildup and coughs.9 It also helps relieve inflammatory conditions found in the gastrointestinal tract.9
Try Some Supplements
Bill Natural Sources LungFLX combines both Astragalus and Licorice into one capsule. This convenient blend of these two ancient herbs, provides a great way to relieve chest congestion and bronchitis symptoms and tonify the lungs.7,9
Be prepared these trying times with proper hand hygiene and a healthy lifestyle, and make sure to have a good supplement handy just in case.