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Bronchitis
What is it?
When the large air passages which carry air form the windpipe to the lung become inflamed the result is Bronchitis. The condition may come on suddenly or develop in a more serious form, as a prolonged disorder that gets progressively worse, cutting down the supply of oxygen to the blood. Warning: Anyone developing symptoms of bronchitis should see a doctor before seeking alternative treatments. Smoking is the most common cause of the disease.
Symptoms:
Inflamed air passage, cough, breathing problems.
Conventional Practice:
A doctor may prescribe medicine to ease the cough, a balsam inhalant to aid breathing and antibiotics to fight infection. However, some doctors believe coughing and spitting prevent infected matter being inhaled. Smokers with progressive bronchitis will be advised to give up. All patient should consult a doctor if a cough persists.
Alternative Treatments:
  Reflexology
  Reflexologists treat diseases in parts of the body they claim to be related to reflex areas. It is thought that illness occurs when energy channels in the body are blocked, causing damage to one area or another. Massage is aimed at destroying these blocks, allowing the energy to flow freely again and so heal the damage. More Info
  Acupuncture
  An ancient Chinese therapy, patients are treated by sticking needles into their skin at particular points. These acupuncture points lie along invisible energy channels called meridians. The needles are said to unblock a flow of energy (called Qi) through the meridians. More Info
  Homoeopathy
  Homoeopathy aims to treat the whole person. Illness is seen as a sign of disharmony or inner imbalance. More Info
  Aromatherapy
  Treating illness with highly concentrated oils extracted from plants is known as aromatherapy. These highly scented extracts-called essences or essential oils-contain the substances that give plants their smell. Aromatherapists believe that many also have medicinal properties. More Info
  Herbal Medicine
  The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info
  Naturopathy
  Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info
   



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