As the monsoon commences most of them commonly face cold and cough. Every time dust or allergens enter your lungs, throat or airways your body tries to expel the irritants by coughing. While a dry cough may be a natural reflex designed by Mother Nature to protect you, but constant coughing can be bothersome as well. On the other side a productive (‘wet’ or chesty) cough is a cough that produces mucus or phlegm.
|Symptoms of Dry Cough||Symptoms of productive cough|
|No phlegm present||Breathlessness|
|Sore and dry throat||Fever|
|Fatigue or feeling low||Cold and flu symptoms|
|Weakened immunity||Chest pain|
|Causes of Dry Cough||Causes of productive coughs|
|Infection of the respiratory tract||viral infections, including the common cold and influenza (the flu)|
|Allergy to dust, pollen, etc.||Smoking and|
|Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)|
Indigenous cultures (such as African and Native American) used herbs in their healing rituals, while others developed traditional medical systems (such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine) in which herbal therapies were used. There are many herbal remedies described in Ayurveda. Today, I would like to introduce few herbs which help in healing different types of coughs.
Tulsi is considered as mucolytic and an antibiotic. Promotes the removal of catarrhal matter and phlegm. Can also be used as a herbal medicine in numerous ailments, including fever, common cold, coughs, sore throat, respiratory disorder, kidney stone, heart problem.
Banafsha is used to heal respiratory tract conditions, particularly dry or sore throat, stuffy nose, coughs, hoarseness, and bronchitis.
Vasaka acts as a Bronchodilator and helps in healing respiratory ailments. The entire plant can be used for treating cold, cough, whooping-cough, chronic bronchitis and asthma. Also, normalizes the cough and improves the voice.
Pippali is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders from cough, cold, congestion to digestive issues.It is also considered as lungs detoxifier that helps in improving breathing.
Yashtimadhu, an expectorant is a great natural remedy for cough. It is formulated with rare herbs and possesses huge benefits in problems related to throat such as cough, bronchitis and fever. Considered as a safe and effective immune modulator.
Eating grapes can help relieve annoying lung conditions. It acts as natural food for cough paitients. They help in improving the vision,whet appetite, clarify vocal chords. It is also known for cooling and pacifying kapha and pitta imbalances.
Aids in curing Cough, cold, throat infection and congestion. It also provides relief from chronic asthma and allergy. Helps in fighting with allergic cough and pollution related cough.
Ajwain with its germicide and antiseptic properties turn out to be a boon for patients suffering from cough and cold.
Sonth or dry ginger acts as a PAF (Platelets Activating Factor) inhibitor and can treat the cold and cough like none another. One cup of sonth tea clears your throat congestion instantly.
Kantakari is a very useful Ayurvedic herb, used widely in the treatment of cough, cold, asthma and such other respiratory tract conditions. It is considered as anti allergic and provides synergy to combination.