All one ought to know about respiratory infections

A respiratory infection refers to any infection related to the lungs, airways, throat and sinuses. This is generally caused due to virus. Respiratory infections are classified into two groups namely upper and lower respiratory infections. The former includes the trachea, ears, throat, sinuses and sometimes the bronchi. The latter often includes lungs but includes the bronchi rarely. Bacteria and virus are the key causes of both these types of respiratory infections. With a plethora of respiratory herbs these can be cured easily.

Common respiratory infection symptoms

  1. Bad breath
  2. Haemoptysis
  3. Nasal discharge
  4. Sore throat
  5. Chills
  6. Rigors
  7. Fever
  8. Sputum production
  9. Weight loss
  10. Fatigue
  11. Tachypnoea
  12. Tachycardia
  13. Chest pain
  14. Dyspnoea
  15. Syncope
  16. Shortness of breath
  17. Shortness of breath during exertion

Who are susceptible to respiratory infections?

  1. People who smoke
  2. Homeless people
  3. Those who have a weakened immune system
  4. Those having breathing problems
  5. Obese people
  6. Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people
  7. Pregnant women
  8. Those suffering from kidney or heart disease or diabetes (type 1 and 2)
  9. People aged 65 years and above particularly those residing in a nursing home
  10. Children below 5 years and born with circulatory or heart problems

Try respiratory herbs to cure respiratory infections

  1. Catnip herb: this cooling, gentle decongestant contains strong antiviral properties. It is also relaxing and thereby aids one to have a restful sleep in times of bad cold. It can be taken as a hot tea, alone or in combination.
  2. Horehound: this is well-known for ages as an effective lung and throat remedy that works wonders in treating croup and coughs and also helps in expelling phlegm. It directly affects the respiration by dilating vessels and has also proven beneficial in treating chronic and acute congestive bronchial condition accompanied by an unproductive cough. This is one of the most effective respiratory herbs.
  3. Licorice root: enriched in anti-inflammatory, expectorant and antiviral properties, this root can be safely used for soothing sore throats, fighting off viral infection and loosening painful coughs. This herb is safe for those who do not suffer from elevated blood pressure.
  4. Chickweed: this herb works wonders in healing lungs that are inflamed. It relieves sore throats, and helps in strengthening the lung’s tissue lining. It gently dissolves the throat membranes and thickened lung, neutralize and emulsify toxins as well as weaken the walls of the bacterial cell making these vulnerable to distraction. This is also one of the most recommended respiratory herbs.
  5. Red Clover blossoms: tea prepared from these flowers works wonders in treating the common cold. For best results combine it with a little Elder and/or Ginger. This herb helps in removing the byproducts of the infection and also contains an expectorating action. Along with this it helps to dry the upper respiratory passage and reduces post-nasal drip and swollen glands.

Try these respiratory herbs and experience the difference.

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Apart from these natural herbal remedies, one can also try natural products such as Holy Basil/Tulasi From Himalaya for respiratory disorders without any side effects.