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Home remedies for cough

About Cough

Cough is a common health ailment, which usually comes along with cold. This is usually known as Kapha(water) disorder in Ayurveda. It is caused by accumulation of mucus or stimulation on the mucus membrane of the respiratory tract. The wet cough is often accompanied by mucus or phlegm while dry cough is one where there is no mucus and the throat hurts a lot due to dryness.

Symptoms and causes
Symptoms of cough include pain in the throat and chest, cough which is accompanied by mucus or phlegm, exhaustion, fatigue, irritability and a weak immune system which make one vulnerable to other diseases. Causes of cough are common cold, climatic change and infections.

Remedial Action

Home Remedies
a) Drink ginger tea. It acts as a decongestant, helps stimulate slow digestion and improves the taste buds too.
b) Lemon juice with water and honey. It soothes sore throat, boosts vitamin C intake thus helps in curing cold.
c) Garlic contains antiseptic property, garlic in soups or supplements is one of the best remedy.
d) Tulsi and long pepper in equal quantity, ground together and rolled into small pills, take these pills 3-4 times daily. Tulsi has antiviral, antioxidant property. It is good immune modulator. Long pepper relieves inflammation.
e) 5 gm ginger juice mixed with amla (Indian gooseberry) juice and one teaspoon honey with a little water. It boosts body immunity and acts as a decongestant.

Ayurvedic herbs to treat cough
Ayurvedic herbs and spices like cloves, cinnamon, ginger, long pepper, turmeric powders etc are used for the treatment of cough.

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