Coughing is one of the most common health problems. When there is a blockage or irritant in your throat or upper air passages, your brain thinks a foreign element is present and tells your body to cough to remove that element. Coughs are often useful, and you should not try to eliminate them. Sometimes, though, coughs are severe enough to make breathing difficult, cause vomiting, or prevent rest.
Different types of cough have different causes so it can be useful to figure out what kind of cough you have so that you know which remedy will work best.
Dry coughs and tickly coughs are generally caused by irritation or dryness at the back of the throat, so anything that will soothe the throat is a good idea. They can also be caused by external factors such as allergies, smoke, dust, as well as problems like asthma.
Chesty coughs are caused by excess mucus, so anything that will loosen, reduce or thin this mucus will be useful. These types of cough often accompany colds, flu and other upper respiratory infections.
• Infectious causes of acute cough include viral upper respiratory infections (the common cold), sinus infections, acute bronchitis, pneumonia, and whooping cough.
• Non-infectious causes of cough include flare-ups of chronic conditions such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, and environmental allergies.
The easiest way to simplify the causes of chronic cough is to divide them into their locations with respect to the lungs. The categories are environmental irritants, conditions within the lungs, conditions along the passages that transmit air from the lungs to the environment, conditions within the chest cavity but outside of the lungs, and digestive causes.
In order to treat cough most effectively, you need to first find out if its dry cough or productive cough. Dry cough may occur due to inflammation of the trachea or irritation in the throat. A productive cough results from the presence of mucus or other fluid in the respiratory tract and it is usually a symptom of a respiratory disease like pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, or tuberculosis. Constant coughing can often leave your chest aching.
You need to diagnose if the cough is severe.
However in mild cases of cough and dry cough where there are no pathological causes these home remedies can definitely help in cough.
Home remedies for Cough:
1. Turmeric :
# Roast turmeric root and grind it into a smooth powder. Mix it with water and honey, and drink it twice a day.
# Boiling pot - one teaspoon turmeric powder+ one teaspoon black pepper +cinnamon stick and boil for 2-3 minutes then add one tablespoon of honey.
# Hot turmeric milk is also very good.
# One-half teaspoon of onion juice with one teaspoon of pure honey. Swallow this solution at least twice a day to alleviate a cough and soothe your throat.
# Cut onions. Breathing in the strong vapours can help stop coughing.
3. Lemon: Lemons have properties that reduce inflammation and also provide a dose of infection-fighting vitamin C.
# Take two tablespoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of honey.
4. Fresh Ginger : GINGER has strong anti-inflammatory action of which helps relieve a sore throat and airway inflammation.
# Crush a few slices of fresh ginger and boil it in water two to three minutes and take drink it after straining it.
# Keeping a clove of garlic in the mouth and crushing it occasionally to release a little bit of juice can help control coughing bouts.
6. Raisins: Raisins make a handy cough remedy that you can easily carry around when you’re under the weather.
7. Peppermint oil + Almond Oil: Apply on chest for instant relieve or just suck some peppermint candy.
8. Steam Inhalation also helps to clear the upper respiratory passages hereby reducing cough cause by post Nasal drip.
9.Burnt Cloves :
# They act fantastically when used for coughing bouts at night. Just burn the cloves and keep the burnt clove inside your cheek or you can also chew and swallow. Your coughing would subside.
10. Turmeric + Honey + Burnt Cardamom (Elaichi):
# Just make a paste of the above three ingredients and use one tablespoon twice a day. You will see remarkable reduction in coughing. This is a very effective and tried and tested home remedy.
11. Salt water Gargles.
Hope the article was useful to you. Keep looking in this space for knowing other get well naturally tips. Happy reading.
Dr. Khushboo Murarka
NagpurMarch 16, 2018