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Coughing: Your Body Needs Help


… It’s a natural reaction for many reasons.


is an action by the body to get rid of substances that are irritating the air passages ways. A cough is usually initiated to clear the phlegm that is been caught in the trachea or its neighboring areas.

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usually is seen when there is some presence of a  disease. If the patient is a non-smoker and has a normal chest  X-ray, the cause of chronic cough in most of all the patients is due to  asthma, reflux (heartburn) or  post-nasal drip.

Some other causes that contribute to chronic cough, include chronic  bronchitis  and medications like as  ACE inhibitors. Coughing occurs both voluntarily as well as involuntarily.

Coughing is one of the ways of protecting the respiratory system, by clearing it of irritants and secretions. Coughs are either dry or productive. Dry cough usually does not bring up a mixture of mucus, irritants, and other substances from the lungs (sputum), while a productive cough brings up both.

If the cough is caused by bacteria then it may be gray, greenish or brown due to the presence of sputum in it. An allergy or viral infection cough produces a white colored sputum. In extremely serious conditions, the sputum may contain blood (possibly a cancer condition).

Environmental pollutants, such as cigarette smoke, dust, or smog, are also assumed to trigger a cough. In cigarette smokers, the nicotine present in the smoke is proved to paralyze the hairs of the nose (cilia) that perform the activity of regularly flushing of the mucus from the respiratory system.

Since the mucus now builds up, it forces the body of its removal by coughing. Avoid smoking and coming in direct contact with people who smoke or who suffer from cold or flu symptoms.

Post-nasal drip, or the irritating trickle of mucus from the nasal passages into the throat, which is caused by allergies or sinusitis, can also be one of the contributing factors for generating a cough.

Some of the common chronic diseases, like asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis, are mostly characterized in part by a cough.

A condition in which stomach acid backs up into the esophagus (gastro esophageal reflux) can cause coughing, especially when a person is lying down. this should not be mistaken as a cough caused by disease. Sometimes a cough can also be a side-effect of medications that are administered with an inhaler.

Many times, drugs used for treating high blood pressure can also cause side effects of coughing, like the beta blockers and some ACE inhibitors.

It is important to identify and treat the origin of the disease, along with the coughing that results. Wash your hands at frequent times and especially during episodes of upper-respiratory illnesses.

Some Remedies for Coughing:

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Take one teaspoon of pure honey and add a pinch of ground white pepper. Regular usage of this 2-3 times a day for about 4-5 days will cure your cough.

Honey when taken with black pepper will loosen the mucous and help you get the mucus out.

If you are coughing due to a cold, drink tea made of ginger 3-4 times a day or eat raw ginger, this will help your cough subside.

Drinking red raspberry, honey suckle, or licorice tea with honey is helpful in treating cough in 2-3 days.

Take 2 tablespoons of honey and mix it in one cup of orange juice and drink it.

Prepare a cough syrup from baked onion juice, comfrey tea, and honey. Drink it daily.

Mix 1-2 tsp of pure home made turmeric powder in warm milk and drink it twice a day for coughs of a bacterial origin. Within 2 days your cough will be gone by using this method.

Gargle with warm water and salt, as many times as possible during the day. This will help clear phlegm caught in the throat and reduce coughing.

Mix 5 ml of onion juice with 10 ml of pure honey. Take this mixture at least twice a day. This will relieve your cough and help soothe your throat.

Take 5ml of fresh tulsi (Ocimum sanctum holy basil) and mix it in 10 ml of pure honey. Take daily at least twice a day.

Add turmeric to a vessel filled with boiling water and inhale the fumes. It’s also beneficial for controlling a cough.

Prepare a paste using ¼ teaspoon of red pepper, ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger, 1 table spoon of apple cider vinegar, 1 table spoon of honey, and 2 tablespoon of water. Mix them well and take 1 teaspoon of this mixture whenever you have a cough. One of the simplest home remedies for cough.

In case of severe and chronic cough, crush 2-3 garlic and some cloves. Add this to a glass of milk or water. Then boil the mixture till it reduces to half the original content. Filter this and add a little sugar to it for improving the taste. Drink this twice a day and continue this treatment for at least a week to see visible results.

In a large vessel, boil some water. Now inhale these vapors of steam by covering your head region with the towel.

Take some garlic and boil them in water, and drink it. You can add sugar to improve the taste.

Crush some black peppers and eat them with honey.

For dry and frequent coughs, take 1-2 gm powder of fried turmeric with honey, three times a day.

Take 2-3 cloves and fry them in butter or ghee, and chew them.

Take some garlic pieces and then boil it in water, add some sugar, lemon and honey and drink it.

Take equal parts of black pepper, dry ginger, and sugar mixed in ghee or butter two times a day.

This home remedy for is one of the most useful ones. Take some water in the pot and put it to boil, after the water boils, put three cloves of garlic, one spoon of oregano and leave water for boiling around 4 -5 minutes. Take this water in cup and drink directly or add it in milk and then drink it.

Take a ¼ cup, add 2 teaspoons of honey, half a lemon, cinnamon and one eucalyptus leaf and drink it.

Take some eucalyptus and mint leaves and boil them in water. Now inhale its vapors while the water cools.

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Author: Steve Berchtold