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What is Cough ?

Home Remedies for CoughAlthough it may not seem like it, a cough is a protective action by the body in healthy individuals. A cough is an involuntary reflex (something which we cannot help) that is initiated by two classes of nerves with endings in the lungs. Coughing is an action the body takes to get rid of substances irritating the air passages, and a cough is usually started to clear a buildup of phlegm (mucus) in the trachea. When a person coughs, air may move through this passage at up to 300 MPH.

Cough Causes:

  1. A cough can develop in the chest due to change in weather or seasonal changes.
  2. The real cause of this disorder, however, is clogging of the bronchial tubes with waste matter. This is due to wrong feeding habits. The reason for higher incidence of cough during winter than in other seasons is that an average person usually eats more of catarrh-forming foods such as white bread, meat, sugar, porridge, puddings, and pies during the colder months of the year. Being overclothed with heavy undergarments and other garments during this period also prevents proper aeration of the skin.

Cough Symptoms:

  1. Runny nose
  2. Red, watery eyes
  3. A mild fever
  4. Dry cough
  5. Bring up thick phlegm
  6. Provoke vomiting
  7. Result in a red or blue face
  8. Cause extreme fatigue
  9. End with a high-pitched "whoop" sound during the next breath of air

Cough Prevention:

  1. Quit smoking or don't smoke in the first place.
  2. Stay away from secondhand cigarette smoke and airborne irritants.
  3. If you have seasonal allergies like hay fever, stay indoors during days or seasons when airborne allergens are high and, if possible, keep the windows closed.
  4. If you have allergies year round, cover your pillows and mattress with dust mite covers, use an air purifier, avoid pets and other triggers.

Cough Home Remedies:

  1. Grapes: Grapes are one of the most effective home remedies for the treatment of a cough. Grapes tone up the lungs and act as an expectorant, relieving a simple cold and cough in a couple of days. A cup of grape juice mixed with a teaspoon of honey is advised for cough relief.
  2. Almonds: Almonds are useful for dry coughs. Seven kernels should be soaked in water overnight and the brown skin removed. They should then be ground well to form a fine paste. A quantity of twenty grams each of butter and sugar should then be added to the paste. This paste should be taken in the morning and evening.
  3. Onion: The use of raw onion is valuable in a cough. This vegetable should be chopped fine and the juice extracted from it. One teaspoon of the juice should then be mixed with one teaspoon of honey and kept for four or five hours-it will make an excellent cough syrup and should be taken twice daily. Onions are also useful in removing phelgm. A medium-sized onion should be crushed, the juice of one lemon added to it, and then one cup of boiling water poured on it. A teaspoon of honey can be added for taste. This remedy should be taken two or three times a day.
  4. Turmeric: The root of the turmeric plant is useful in a dry cough. The root should he roasted and powdered. This powder should be taken in three gram doses twice daily, in the morning and evening.
  5. Raisins: A sauce prepared from raisins is also useful in a cough. This sauce is prepared by grinding 100 gm of raisins with water. About 100 gm of sugar should be mixed with it and the mixture heated. When the mixture acquires a sauce-like consistency, it should be preserved. Twenty grams should be taken at bedtime daily.
  6. Aniseed (saunf): Aniseed is another effective remedy for a hard dry cough with difficult expectoration. It breaks up the mucus. A tea made from this spice should be taken regularly for treating this condition.
  7. Pepper, Ginger and Honey: One fourth spoon of Black pepper (kali mirch) powder mixed with Ginger juice and Honey taken once in 2 hours reduces Cough within a day.
  8. Gargles: Gargling with hot water and Salt helps to clear phlegm and reduces Cough.
  9. Ginger and Mint: Tea made with Ginger and Mint (pudina) helps to cure Cough.
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