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Treat Your Cough At Home

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  Koramangala, bengaluru, karnataka, india, Bengaluru     Feb 6, 2017

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Overview

A cough is a sudden, and often repetitively reflex action that clears the significant breathing passages from fluids, irritants and microbes. The cough reflex occurs with three phases: an inhalation, a forced exhalation against a closed glottis, and a violent release of air from the lungs. The vapour follows the opening of the glottis,  which is usually accompanied by a distinctive sound.

There are two types of cough: productive and nonproductive. A productive cough produces phlegm or mucus, clearing it from the lungs. A nonproductive cough, also known as a dry cough, doesn’t produce phlegm or mucus. 

Causes of Frequent Coughing

The frequent cough in people is generally due to the presence of bacteria and viruses that lead the host to cough and may spread to new hosts. It usually indicates the disease, if regular coughing is active on a body.

  • Most of the time, coughing is caused by respiratory tract infections.

  • It can also be triggered by choking, smoking, air pollution.

  • Cough can be due to asthma, gastroesophageal or acid reflux disease, chronic bronchitis.

  • Lung tumours, heart failure, post-nasal drip and medications like ACE inhibitors also progresses towards coughing.

Cough Remedies At Home

Some solutions may help in relieving the cough. People who want to use natural or home remedies to treat their cough must research to eliminate the side effects. It is important to remember that herbs and supplements can interfere with other medications if it is there. 

Here are some best cough remedies for adults that are known to treat effectively:

1. Turmeric And Garlic Milk

Turmeric has a protective and therapeutic action on people suffering from common cold and cough. It has potent anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties that are very effective in treating several infections. 

Garlic also acts as a natural analgesic (pain-reliever). Adding both of turmeric and garlic to hot milk can work wonders for your cough by clearing the mucus from the chest. Adding some garlic to the turmeric milk can help you get relief from the congestion in the tonsils.

  • One has to boil 1-2 cloves of garlic along with the milk. 

  • Then, he has to add half a teaspoon of turmeric in that milk. 

  • Having the mixture twice daily will help to get your throat cleared and rid of the cough.

2. Honey Tea

Studies have revealed that honey can work better than certain medications when it comes to treating cough. It has a certain stickiness and high viscosity (semi-fluid consistency) that helps to coat and soothe the mucous membrane that is often irritated when you suffer from a cough.

The anti-bacterial properties of honey can make short work of the illness if it’s a result of a bacterial infection.

  • To use honey, one has to mix two teaspoons of honey in warm water or herbal tea. 

  • Drinking the solution once or twice a day can help to treat with coughs.

  • Children under one year of age are not advised to give honey.

3. Giloy (Heart-leaved Moonseed) Juice 

Giloy works as an anti-allergic, promoting faster recovery from coughs that are caused due to specific allergic reactions by smoke, pollen, dust and pollution. 

In Ayurveda, Giloy is said to bring a balance between the three doshas; Pitta, Vatta and Kapha. Giloy is also an active immunity modulator, helping to build a robust immune system.

  • You can buy Giloy juice that is readily available in the market or take some Giloy leaves and boil it in some water to extract the juice. 

  • You have to add two spoons of the juice to a glass of water and drink it regularly in the morning till the time your cough gets better.

4. Ginger and Peppermint Syrup

Ginger has excellent soothing qualities that can help you get rid of that uncomfortable and persistent cough. Ginger helps in loosening and expelling the mucus from your lungs. 

Also, it stops the painful trickling sensation that you feel in your throat, something that’s usually known to trigger the cough, especially if you are suffering from a dry cough. Peppermint also works in the same way, easing the discomfort in your throat.

  • You will require 3 tablespoons of chopped ginger, 1 tablespoon of dried peppermint, water, and some honey.

  • Add the ginger and the peppermint to a pan of water and set it to boil. Once boiled, allow it to simmer until the solution is reduced to half. 

  • Strain the solution and let it cool. Put some honey in it and stir till it dissolves properly. 

  • You can take a tablespoon at regular intervals in a day, or as required to treat your cough.

  • You can store the solution in a bottle and it can be refrigerated to 3 weeks. 

5. Black Pepper

Black pepper is the most effective and best remedy for cough at home. It is also known to provide you relief from nasal congestion. The expectorant property present in black pepper helps in the breakdown of mucus as well as phlegm deposits in your respiratory tract. 

The irritant quality of black pepper further allows you to get rid of the loosened mucus by way of coughing/sneezing, thus eliminating it from your body and promoting faster healing.

  • You can take 2-3 seeds of black pepper and chew it. 

  • In case you do not like the bitter taste of it, you can add them in a glass of boiled milk and drink it regularly until your condition improves. 

  • Another way to have it is by making black pepper tea. Put some black pepper powder and honey in a cup and then add boiling water to it. Let it stay for about 15 minutes, strain it and have it.

6. Marshmallow Root 

It is a herb that eases coughs and sore throats and is being traditionally used since ancient times. The herb can help to handle with irritation resulting from cold or flu. 

According to a small study, a herbal cough syrup that contains marshmallow root, along with some thyme and ivy, effectively reduce coughs. Almost all of the participants in a survey rated its effectiveness as good or very good.

  • Marshmallow root is also available as a bagged tea or in a dried herbal form

  • You have to add either form of the root in hot water and drink it immediately. The longer the root steeps in the water, the more mucus grows in the drink.

  • You can also allow it to cool first and then have the solution.

Cough Remedies for Toddlers

It is miserable watching your babies suffering from coughs or any other problems or diseases. Cough suppressants may be harmful to toddlers.  They make kids hyperactive, restless, irritated and dizzy. So, you can try some of these cough remedies at home for babies which will be safe and will naturally cure them.

  • Dark honey, such as buckwheat, work best for coughs in children of 1 age 1 and older. It contains high concentrations of antioxidants. 

  • You can give half a teaspoon of honey to babies ageing from 1-5 years

  • For children of age 6-11 years, one whole teaspoon of honey may be offered.

  • Toddlers less than the age one is not suggested to have this remedy as it can build botulism in them.

  • Warm or cold fluids is an excellent remedy for babies because they thin out mucus, which causes coughs in humans. Liquids will also make your child hydrated. Juices, hot water can be given to them.

  • Saltwater gargling helps in treating a dry cough at home. It also reduces throat irritation in toddlers. You can make the mixture by adding one-half teaspoon of salt with 8 ounces of water, then give to your child for rinsing it.

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