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Home Remedies for Persistent Cough

Persistent coughs arise from infections of the upper airways, inflammation and infection of the windpipe, bronchitis and emphysema. Tracheitis and bronchitis usually follow a viral infection

Persistent coughs arise from infections of the upper airways, inflammation and infection of the windpipe, bronchitis and emphysema. Tracheitis and bronchitis usually follow a viral infection. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are long-standing and irreversible due to lung damage from smoking or other pollutants.

Symptoms

Tracheitis

- Dry, painful cough

- Green or yellow phlegm, may be blood-streaked

- Stabbing chest pain

Bronchitis/emphysema

- Cough, breathlessness

- White or grey phlegm, sometimes blood-streaked

Remedies

Bed-rest, fluids, and small quantities of whole food soups are required. Steam inhalations encourage phlegm production. Mustard footbaths are recommended. Apply a hot poultice of linseeds or mustard seeds to the chest or back. Ionization therapy may be recommended.

For chronic bronchitis and emphysema, a lifestyle plan would be worked out to help eliminate pollutants and adverse stress factors predisposing to infection.

Take honey and freshly squeezed fresh fruit and vegetable juices to provide antioxidant nutrients to help combat lung inflammation and encourage recovery. Lemon and pineapple juice are particularly helpful in breaking down phlegm. Fresh sprouting alfalfa or its juice – especially during convalescence – is c recommended for its rich nutrient content of vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll. Specific dietary supplements include all of the above, plus a high-potency vitamin B supplement, and 3 acidophilus capsules or a portion of organic live yoghurt 3 times a day.

For chest infections, herbal practitioners may prescribe an infusion of sage, thyme and nettles, and a hot concentrated concoction of fresh elecampane root to be inhaled several times a day. You can speed your recovery with regular doses of Echinacea (as medicine, capsules or tablets) to boost your infection-fighting forces. The Chinese herb astragalus and traditional Peruvian herb cat’s claw are also potent immune stimulators. Black cohosh acts as a (dry) cough suppressant and a (wet) cough expectorant.

To ease the symptoms of acute bronchitis or tracheitis, inhale (in steam or from a burner) 4-5 drops of cajuput oil twice daily, or place on a clean tissue under your pillow. For chronic bronchitis or emphysema, inhale pepper, pine or tea tree oil in steam or a burner, or add 2-3 drops to a very warm bath and soak for 20 minutes. For emphysema, add 2 drops each of essence of hyssop, pine and garden thyme to 2 tsp of soya oil and rub on the chest and back after a hot poultice.

Prevention

- Seek medical attention for a chesty cough following a viral illness.

- Take the full course of antibiotics prescribed

- Avoid permanent lung damage by stopping smoking and by wearing a protective mask for unavoidable fumes

Caution

- Take treatment advice seriously – bronchitis can progress to pneumonia

- Report streaks of blood in white or colored phlegm during an infection

- Don’t assume it’s bronchitis if your cough refuses to clear – more serious causes must be ruled out by your doctor

- Stop smoking, especially if your doctor diagnoses chronic bronchitis or emphysema.

 

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yes I love my honey for a cough

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