March 21, 2019

Cough!! Stop suppressing, start healing

Are you tired of cough-that is not willing to quit and all your medications leave you with a choice- either you cough or you sleep?

Acute or chronic- cough is something that you cannot hide, but yes you can heal your ailment with Ayurveda-the herbal way.

Cough is not just an ailment or symptom of a disease, but it is a protective reflex which helps to clear the airways from fluids, irritants, foreign particles and microbes.

According to ayurveda, cough is primarily caused by the entrance of smoke and particles of dust (into the larynx and nostrils-airway), excess of physical exercise, inordinate use of any dry or parched, stale food, and voluntary repression of sneezing or of any natural propulsion of the body and the secondary causes include Chronic bronchitis, bronchial asthma, bronchial allergies, GERD and other generalized disorders.

Here are the well-researched empirical treatment plans and remedies, prescribed by Ayurvedic physicians for healing the underlying disorder that would not just cure cough but also revitalises body and re boost the immunity that will help in prevention of recurrent cough-disorder.

Medicated inhalation drugs for Productive Cough

Dhoompana is the ayurvedic procedure of inhaling medicated fumes.

Use of Dhoompana (medicinal smoke) – A medicinal stick is prepared from Bharg (Clerodendrum serratum), Vaca(Acorus calamus) and HinguFerula assa-foetida) -(mixed with clarified butter) and fumes from the burning stick are inhaled gives the  best management which   is therapeutically effective,  cost effective and can be used for long time. The herbal drugs have mucokinetic, mucolysis action on the accumulated metabolites, thus providing a relief in productive cough. The ideal method of inhalation and dose should prescribed by an Ayurvedic consultant only as it is framed taking into consideration various factors related to roga and rogi.

DRY COUGH remedies: 60mg of Pippali powder (Piper longum) should be mixed with 120mg of Saindhav(rock-salt) can be taken two times a day.

Sitophaladi-churna – 1-3g of powder should be taken with 5-6g of honey.

Cough due to ALLERGY- Turmeric is the right solution

The herb turmeric (Curcuma longifolia L., Zingiberaceae) has a therapeutic effect on coughs and it also has anti-allergic chemical constituents. Here are some formulations of turmeric for healing allergic cough.

Turmeric powder mixed with black pepper (1:1 part) is boiled in half cup water and. One table spoon of honey is mixed.

Time of administration – in between meals in 4 divided doses at a time.

Herbal tea – one teaspoon of turmeric powder + one teaspoon of carom seeds added in a cup of water, and boil it until the water reduces to one-half cup.

Half a teaspoon of turmeric powder is added to a glass of hot milk, should be taken in evening hours daily.

A turmeric gargle prepared by adding half teaspoon of turmeric to lukewarm water helps in relieving the congestion of throat and providing clear airways.

Boosting immunity – Preventing Chronic mad recurrent cough

Uttanasana- is known to enhance blood circulation and resolves the obstruction in body .It invigorates the nervous system, relieves stress and tension.

Dhanursasan- This asana helps in the flow of vital energy (Prana) and strengthens the chakara related to respiration and airway pathways.

Morning-Cough remedies

Productive cough, particularly in morning are caused due to these causes-: COPD-  chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic, hacking cough that produces a lot of mucus, includes both chronic bronchitis and emphysema.Smoking is the underlying cause of all these disorders.

The home remedies that can be administered along with a treatment plan as advised by your consultant are as follows:

  • Garlic extract juice should be taken in a quantity of half tspn, every morning,followed by administration of lukewarm water half an hour before breakfast.
  • Ajwain seeds (C.copticum) seeds should be administered orally, as they have anti-bacterial and anti-viral action as well as has bronchodilation action which helps in relieving bronchial asthama.

3 wonder drugs for cough

Honey- for a sore throat and cough. It is proved to be more effective than over- the-counter medicines that are cough suppressants. Drinking warm lemon water mixed with honey is very beneficial to soothe the sore throat. Since honey is low-cost and widely available,   honey can relieve a dry cough and reduce chest pain experienced from continuous coughing. A teaspoon of plain honey is swallowed on empty stomach. This will help to clear the mucus and to soothe the throat. This is very effective in acute cough conditions but if anyone has continuous coughing (dry/productive) for more than two weeks, a doctor should be consulted in every case.Jaggery remedies are useful to resolve cough and congestion.

. A few corns of pepper are boiled in water for 20 minutes; cumin and jaggery (Canesugar of Saccharum officinarum L., family Poaceae) are mixed and should be orally administered in morning.

Lemon (Citrus lemon (L.) Burm. F., Rutaceae) fruits can be used for curing coughs. Lemons reduce inflammation and provide vitamin C. A cough syrup can be prepared by combination of two tablespoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of honey.