Cough: Causes, Symptoms, Home Remedies For Cough

Cough: Causes, Symptoms, Home Remedies For Cough

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Written and Reviewed By :
Dr. Riddhi P. Sardhara.




What is Cough?

Cough is a protective reflex that clears the airways of antifriction, phlegm, dust, smoke, or a foreign body. Whenever there is an obstruction in the throat, the brain thinks it to be a foreign object and tries to relieve it by coughing. Continuous coughing for more than two weeks needs medical attention.

Symptoms and Aggravating Factors

  • Sore throat.

  • A feeling of foreign body in the throat.

  • Excretion of white/yellow sputum.

  • Sometimes cough increasing after the meal, nighttime, or in the wet weather.

  • Also during the common cold, if proper treatment or regimen are not followed, then it produces a cough and sore throat.

  • Constipation is also an aggravating factor of the cough.


  • Home Remedies For Cough

  • Take 10ml juice of Basil (tulsi) leaves two times a day with Honey (Shahad).

  • Consume 10ml juice of Ginger (Adarak) two times a day.

  • Mix 3gm of Black Pepper (Kali Mirch) powder with Honey (Shahad) and take it two times a day.

  • Juice of Malabar nut (vasa-adusi) 10 ml twice a day helps to relieve cough.

  • Take 2gm of dried Ginger (Sonth) powder, 1 gm powder of Long Pepper (Lindi pepper, piplamool, piplamul), and mix with Jaggery (Guda). Take this twice a day.

  • Take dried fruit peel of pomegranate (Anar), boil it in water till it becomes one-fourth, then filter it and drink 40ml of this freshly prepared decoction twice a day.

  • Consume 10ml juice of Malabar nut (Adusi) with 2-3gm of Turmeric (Haldi) powder mixed with milk cream (malai).

  • Take 10gm of Honey (Shahad) and mix it with 40ml drinkable lukewarm water and drink this 2-3 times per day.

  • Chew Ajwain and Cardamom (Dalchini) and swallow the juice which is being formed in the mouth.

  • Take 3gm of Liquorice (Mulethi) powder with Honey (Shahad).

  • Fomentation of the salt/sand (heat the salt/sand in a pan, make a pocket of cloth, add them into it, apply to the thorax region, back region of the thorax.) is beneficial as an expectorant and for easy breathing.

  • Make soup of green gram, with ajwain seeds, rock salt, black pepper, and ginger. It is beneficial for the cough and increases the stamina of the lungs.

  • Take Jaggery (Guda) and a small piece of Ginger (Adarak), grind it make a paste, lick it the whole day, it reduces the cough.


  • When to Consult a Doctor

  • If the cough is associated with high-grade fever, cold, and headache, or rashes in the body, it is better to consult a doctor.

  • When dyspnea, high rate of respiration, or sputum with the blood, green color, or bluish color sputum it is better to consult a doctor.


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