Tracheitis

About the disorder

When the mucosa of the respiratory tract is inflamed following an attack from a microbial agent – generally of bacterial (Streptococcus) or viral type (Rhinovirus, Adenovirus, influenza virus), the infection can expand, going deeper and deeper until it reaches the mucosa covering the trachea, causing onset of tracheitis. This is usually a sign of a debilitated immune system under a particularly virulent, microbial attack or shows an alteration of the mucociliary clearance (i.e. the ability of the respiratory tract to expel irritant substances or pathogenic agents trapped in the mucus, by moving the vibritile cilia).

The highest incidence of tracheitis is during winter, even if it also frequently occurs during seasonal changes and, lately during  the summer period, as well, as a result of the widespread use of air-conditioning systems. It can develop as a result of common colds or other viral infections of the nose and throat. Viruses commonly involved include adenovirus, rhinovirus, coronavirus, influenza A and B viruses and parainfluenza viruses. 

Tracheitis is usually accompanied by a sense of burning behind the breastbone, wheezes and dry, non productive cough. High temperature and general indisposition may also be present. Inflammation of the trachea is never localized but is usually accompanied by laryngitis and/or bronchitis. The chances of contracting tracheitis increases as the immune system becomes more debilitated.

A diet poor in vitamins and rich in refined sugars and foods in general; stress, frequent intake of drugs (in particular of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicines) contribute to make the organism more fragile and prone to viral attacks and bacterial complications. Certain foods, often not recognized, may also well be the root cause of food intolerances. Intolerance to milk, for instance, is one of the major causes responsible for the insurgence of respiratory disorders. Undigested dairy products produce great quantities of mucus, that can get into the respiratory tract causing it to weaken and fall ill.

Treatment of tracheitis using conventional medicine

To address the problem of tracheitis, conventional medicine resorts to administration of anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, antiseptics, cough syrups, as well as nebulization of solutions for aerosol devices to decongest tracheal mucosa.  As is well known, the use of antibiotic drugs, apart from not solving the problem and not having any effect whatsoever on tracheitis of viral origin, can have several contraindications: in fact, their use frequently leads to sensitization and causes the insurgence of problems related to bacterial resistance.

On the other hand, anti-inflammatory medicines and aerosol solutions do not offer definitive resolutions either, since they do not act on the actual causes of the microbial infection. This is why it so important to have valid alternatives available for the treatment of tracheitis, whatever its origin.

Nature can help you solve the problem of tracheitis  

Our Approach

A natural and effective approach

To solve the problem of tracheitis, nature can be of great help once again, thanks to Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE), the efficacy of which against bacteria and viruses involved in this particular affection of the oral cavity has been confirmed by numerous studies and applications.

GSE and tracheitis

Grapefruit Seed Extract has broad spectrum antimicrobial efficacy: in fact, it has been proven by Laboratories and Institutes worldwide that GSE is active against several viral strains, including viruses involved in the development of tracheitis (adenovirus, rinovirus, influenza virus), showing encouraging results. However, further research is necessary to establish its full potential. In addition, results obtained regarding the efficacy of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) against over 800 bacterial strains, including the Streptococcus causing tracheitis, confirms the value of GSE not only for local but also for systemic use, in directly contrasting ongoing infections as well as  improving the general efficiency of the organism’s defensive system to react against any microbial attack.

 A study published in the “Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine” Vol.5 n° 3 of 1990, conducted in vitro and in vivo on intestinal microflora, proves the efficacy of GSE, used in different concentrations, towards pathogenic microorganisms; it also proves its “selectivity”, in that it does not have a significant, negative impact on physiological microbial flora, safeguarding the natural defences of the organism to avoid the development of bacterial resistance.

GSE therefore represents an extremely valid and safe remedy against tracheitis.

Given the above considerations, GSE therefore represents the cornerstone of an exceptionally effective approach against tracheitis. Its association with specific plant extracts enables to obtain a remedy through a mechanism of action that must include the following:

  1. 1. systemic action by means of a product contrasting microbial proliferation, whether of bacterial or viral origin, while strengthening the natural defence system of the organism and preventing the insurgence of complications;
  2. aerosol therapy for a “selective” cleansing action, drainage, expectoration and decongestion of the upper airways;
  3. integration of intestinal microflora through intake of probiotics and active plant constituents with an immunostimulant action;
  4. action on cough, whether dry or wet, by means of a product promoting its physiological evolution, soothing cough without suppressing it, as well reducing mucosal inflammation.

This approach, associated as always with a healthy lifestyle (in terms of diet, but not only), includes the use of natural remedies that are well known in folk tradition and the efficacy of which in providing a definitive solution has been confirmed by recent studies.

  1. Systemic action by means of a product contrasting microbial proliferation, whether of bacterial or viral origin, while strenghthening the natural defence system of the organism and preventing the insurgence of complications;

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Grapefruit Seed Extract:  acting as an extraordinary “selective cleanser”, it is effective against pathogens, while remaining harmless towards mucosal microbial flora, and it enables reconstruction of beneficial flora,  representing the organisms’ first line of defence against any external aggression, ensuring protection from infections.

Echinacea purpurea: by slowing down the spread of pathogenic germs, it triggers a defensive mechanism against germs while activating a regenerative process of tissues at the same time. For this reason, preparations based on Echinacea are considered effective in the treatment of septic conditions and in situations of infectious diseases in general.

Rhodiola: it increases resistance of the organism towards toxins; it increases the level of enzymes, of RNA and of proteins and can therefore reduce recovery time following fatigue or prolonged sicknesses.

Uncaria: powerfully effective in regulating the immune system. Its use leads to an increased resistance of the organism against infections and it improves the body’s response in case of illness.

Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia): an Australian plant with widely known and proven antiviral properties, it is also effective against bacteria and fungi, as well as being a powerful stimulant of the immune system.

Swallowable tablets are the most suitable form of intake for these plant active constituents, to be taken at recommended doses, preferably before meals, for one month. For children, the drinkable version composed by the same ingredients is to be preferred.

 As an alternative to these two solutions, both for adults and for children, it is also possible to resort to an innovative formulation in effervescent tablets, based on GSE at high concentrations together with Uncaria; the exclusively natural composition, the high concentration of active principles and the benefits of the effervescent formulation (allowing rapid dissolution and increased bioavailability), give the product a pleasant taste, making it also  rapidly effective.

  1. Aerosol therapy for “selective” cleansing action, drainage, expectoration and decongestion of the upper airways

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Grapefruit Seed Extract: results obtained with regard to the antimicrobial efficacy of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) confirm GSE to be beneficial also for local use. Its synergy with specific plant extracts makes the formulation effective and safe to use.

Echinacea: by slowing down the spread of pathogenic germs, it triggers a defensive mechanism against germs while activating a regenerative process of tissues at the same time. For this reason, preparations based on Echinacea are considered effective in the treatment of septic conditions and in situations of infectious diseases accompanied by high temperature, particularly when there is a tendency to chronicity and relapses.

Drosera rutundifolia: it carries out a spasmolytic activity on smooth muscles, with an action similar to adrenalin that reduces spasms caused by histamine on the chain of bronchial rings; consequently, it relaxes the bronchi.

Enula bell: it has secretolytic properties, thanks to its sesquiterpene lactones in particular, and is also markedly anti-inflammatory

Dwarf pine: the extract obtained is a mixture of monoterpene hydrocarbons such as alfa and beta pinene, limonene, phellandrene, camphene and borneol: all these substances have antiseptic, balsamic and secretolytic properties, particularly aimed at the respiratory tract.

Thymus Serpyllum: its most significant action is as an expectorant and it is therefore successfully employed in the treatment of catarrh in the respiratory tract. Moreover, its proven bacteriostatic property, especially on Gram + bacteria, completes the antiseptic and secretolytic action on the respiratory organs.

Thymus: its essence includes, among other constituents, thymol (up to 55%) and other volatile compounds such as: geraniol, terpineol, cymene, linalool, camphene, borneol. It has antiseptic, balsamic and fluidifying properties.

Atomised sea water: sea water is the most complete mineral water because it contains all elements present in nature. Used for inhalation, it is beneficial in treating or preventing numerous affections and is a good remedy for all respiratory disorders.

 The ideal medium for intake, whether adults or children, is a solution to nebulise using an aerosol device.

  1. Integration of intestinal microflora through intake of probiotics and active plant constituents with an immunostimulant action

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Triad of probiotic bacteria: to provide adequate colonisation of the whole intestine, from small to large intestine, contrasting intestinal dybiosis, with consequent rebalancing of the immune system. Probiotics indicated, for a total of not less than 3 billion cells, are in this case: Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Lactobacillus acidophilus.

Cultivated on topsoil, they are therefore naturally free from milk derivatives, and obtained using integral cultivation systems, i.e. complete with supernatant fluid (a substance produced by beneficial bacteria during their growth on the culture medium). This fluid is composed by antimicrobials, such as hydrogen peroxide and acidophilin, vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants and immunostimulants; the supernatant works as a natural swab for probiotic bacteria, allowing them to survive gastric acids and provides all that’s needed to form colonies, as they remain in their natural environment.

Fructo-oligosaccharides: prebiotic fibres with a marked capacity to keep probiotics alive and stimulate colonisation of the colon by bifidobacteria.

Grapefruit Seed Extract: natural antibiotic action, with a direct impact on pathogenic microrganisms and for selective intestinal cleansing, in full respect of physiological bacterial flora.

Uncaria: native to South America, Uncaria, of which the bark is used, proves to be powerfully effective as an immune system regulator. Its use leads to an increase in the organism’s resistance to infections and it improves the body’s response in case of illness.

Morinda citrifolia (Noni): useful in regulating function and regeneration of cells and damaged cells, it stimulates the production of T cells that play a key role in destroying diseases and strengthening the immune system.

 Practical vials with proportioning caps are the most suitable form for intake of these plant active constituents,  for both adults and children (with a specific formulation for children in particular), preferably on an empty stomach.

  1. Action on cough, whether dry or wet, by means of a product promoting its physiological evolution, soothing cough without suppressing it, as well reducing inflammation of the mucosae.

FOR DRY COUGH

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Grapefruit Seed Extract: results obtained with regard to the antimicrobial efficacy of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) confirm GSE to be beneficial also for local use. Its synergy with specific plant extracts makes the formulation effective and safe to use.

Chestnut: it offers marked anti-inflammatory action thanks to its leaves rich in tannins in glucosidic form, deriving  from gallic and ellagic acid. It is essential in therapeutic formulations devised for inflammations of the respiratory tract, such as antiseptics and secretolytics, as well as for cough sedatives. In fact, it’s calming action on cough is confirmed, even though the active constituent involved is not yet known.

Lavender: it contains an essential oil rich in terpenic substances (geraniol, linalool, borneol, pinene, thymol), as well as a significant quantity of coumarin and tannins. It is therefore used for external use as an antispasmodic and nervous sedative to calm cough, since according to a number of researchers it has an inhibiting effect on the excitability of the spinal cord.

Marrubium: it finds application in treating respiratory disorders, particularly as an antispasmodic in coughs of allergic, asthmatic and inflammatory origin, thanks to its terpenic lactones (marrubin) content, which acts at the level of smooth muscular tissues, particularly the bronchi.   muscoltaura liscia

Red Poppy: it contains a significant amount of mucilages as well as a benzyl- isoquinoline alkaloid called rheadine, give the extract sedative, calming properties. It is used as a mild sedative, calming and soothing cough, especially in children.

 These plant active constituents are easily combined in drinkable, pleasant-tasting formulations.

IN CASE OF WET COUGH

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Grapefruit Seed Extract: results obtained with regard to the antimicrobial efficacy of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) confirm GSE to be beneficial also for local use. Its synergy with specific plant extracts makes the formulation effective and safe to use.

Mullein: its contents of active principles of iridoid type determines an anti-inflammatory action; the combination of saponins and mucillages provides an expectorant, soothing, and emollient action. It is therefore ideal in preparations for internal use whenever there are inflammations of the respiratory tract featuring catarrh and cough.

Enula: the presence of sesquiterpene lactones  (alantolactone, germacrane-D-lactone 8,9-epoxy-10-isobutyl hydroxythymol-isobutyrate) is responsible for the secretolytic action of the extract, which, together with its marked anti-inflammatory property, makes it a fundamental cough-soothing constituent.

Maidenhair: it contains significant quantities of mucillage and tannins in glucosidic form, making it a plant with emollient and protective action. It also has an expectorant action, helpful in treating colds and bronchial diseases, thanks to the presence of a saponine triterpenic nucleus.

Helichrysum: it promotes expectoration and soothes coughing by stimulating the cilitated epithelium; it additionally provides antibacterial action due to its essential oil consisting mainly in terpenes (pinene and geraniol). Moreover, phthalides and pyranoderivatives present reduce coughing owing to their spasmolytic action. It also finds application in affections of allergic origin involving the respiratory tract.

Raspberry: with its organic acids (malic, oxalic, tannic and tartaric) and pectins, raspberry contributes with anti-inflammatory properties useful in case of airway infections. It also adds a pleasant taste to the syrup.

 These active principles are easily delivered in drinkable, pleasant-tasting formulations.

Specific remedies useful to treat the following conditions can further support the above-mentioned combinations of active principles, essential to ensure a definitive solution in case of tracheitis:

–    in case of nasal congestion, to promote “selective” cleansing and drainage of the nasal cavities, maintaining the fluid liquid and preventing it from stagnating while contributing to soothe inflamed mucosae and strenghthen its defenses: completely plant-based, preservative free sterile solution, in a practical eco-spray nebulizer and preservative free packaging, consisting in GSE, Altea, Echinacea, Thymus Serpyllum, Calendula, Cypressum and Kiwi Water.

–    “selective” cleansing action on the oral mucosa,to slow down the spreading of pathogenic germs in tissues, with a local defensive action, soothing the mucosae while activating regenerative processes: in case of aphony and hoarseness, a natural solution in eco spray bottle, based on GSE, Echinacea, Helichrysum, Aloe vera and Fruit water.

In case of laryngitis, pharyngitis and tonsillitis, tablets to dissolve in the mouth are ideal, based on GSE, Liquorice, Raspberry, Echinacea, Astragalus and Ginger, with natural flavourings (Mint or Citrus fruits).