Coughing is usually a reflex response of the body caused by an irritation in the throat or windpipe. A reflex response means that the body does something automatically, without a person thinking about it. This reflex helps to protect the lungs from bacteria, viruses, dust, and other damaging substances. However, people can cough on purpose if they want or need to.
There are many possible causes of a cough, ranging from allergies to lung infections.
In simple words cough is a reflex mechanism to expel any irritant from the trachea or wind pipe.
Causes of cough
Coughing can be due to the number of conditions like colds and flu to more serious conditions like chronic bronchitis, asthma and whooping cough.
Signs & Symptoms
Generally coughs are worse in the morning and one may find that he/she is bringing up some thick yellow or green phlegm. Sometimes a minor irritation may start the cough reflex even though there is not sufficient material to clear from the lungs. This is known as dry cough.
While coughing, if blood comes out or severe pain the chest occurs, one should consult a doctor at once.
•Since most coughs are good for the lungs it is desirable to allow the cough to run its normal course. Do not suppress a productive cough. Let the phlegm be expelled out.
•Two gm of pure homemade turmeric powder well mixed in a cup of warm milk, taken twice a day effectively checks the cough of bacterial origin. This should be continued for 15 days.
•5ml of fresh tulsi juice well mixed in 10 ml of pure honey, chewed twice a day, calms down cough in children and adults.
•In chronic coughs, crush 1 or 2 garlic cloves, add to a glass of milk, boil the milk till half glass of milk remains, then filter it, add little bit of sugar if desired, and make it into two parts. Take one part in the morning and another in the evening. Do it for a week.
•Similarly, onion juice can also be used. 5 ml of fresh onion juice well mixed with 10 ml of pure honey should be taken twice taken twice a day for 10 days.
•Steam inhalation of turmeric in water is very good for controlling cough.
•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.
•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.
•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.
•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.
•In the case of a severe cough, the patient should fast on orange juice and water till the severity is reduced. The procedure is to take the juice of an orange diluted in a cup of warm water, every two hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
•After the juice fast, the patient should adopt an all-fruit diet for two or three days. In case of a mild cough, the patient can begin with an all-fruit diet for five to seven days, taking three meals a day of fresh juicy fruits such as apples, pears, grapes, grape-fruit, oranges, pineapples, peaches, and melons. For drinks, unsweetened lemon water, or cold or hot plain water may be given.
•After the all-fruit diet, the patient should follow a well-balanced diet, with emphasis on wholegrain cereals, raw or lightly cooked vegetables, and fresh fruits.
One should avoid sour things like curd, lemon etc.and very cold water, soft drinks and ice-creams. Meat should be restricted
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