Ayurveda home remedies for cough
Home remedies for cough
Cough is a reflex action to clear the airways. In general, there are two types:
1. Dry cough – It is caused when a foreign particle irritates the throat and it is felt like a tickle.
2. Productive cough – It is caused when the phlegm causes irritation in your chest. It usually occurs as a secondary cause to respiratory infection, allergic rhinitis, bronchitis, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
There is no recommended treatment for a cough which is not caused by the aforementioned types. It will clear by itself within three weeks.
From Ayurveda’s perspective, a cough is caused by excess kapha, pitta accumulation in your chest cavity or bronchial tree as a result of which congestion, irritation occur.
Honey is considered as universal remedy for soothing the irritation caused by cough.
Eat a ripe banana with 1 teaspoon of honey and 2 pinches of ground black pepper. Eat it 2-3 times a day.
Try chewing ¼ teaspoon of ajwan with natural organic sugar.
Boil 1 cup milk with ½ teaspoon of turmeric and ¼ teaspoon ginger, drink this milk at night to relive the irritation and congestion.
The simplest home remedy for a productive cough is black pepper, eat ¼ black pepper powder with 1 teaspoon of honey / ghee (recommended if you have a hoarse voice).
Prepare a tea by adding ½ teaspoon of ginger powder, plus a pinch of clove and a pinch of cinnamon powder to boiled water.
Mix together ½ ground mustard powder and ½ teaspoon of ground ginger into teaspoon of honey and eat slowly. Eat it 2-3 times a day.
Add 1 teaspoon of honey with a pinch of clove powder. Eat 2-3 times a day.
For cough in children:
Try giving them ½ cup pomegranate juice with a pinch of ginger powder and a pinch of pippali powder.
Honey is not recommended for infants under 1 years of age.
Ayurvedic medicine for reducing cough is ‘sitopaladi churna’ for productive cough and for a dry cough ‘Talisadi churna’ with one teaspoon of honey taken twice daily.
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