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Coughing is not an illness. It is simply the response of the body to an irritation of the respiratory tract, and as such it is actually a protective action.
Causes of Coughing
There are numerous things that may cause a person to cough. One of the most common is an infection of the respiratory tract, such as a cold, influenza or bronchitis. Pneumonia and tuberculosis are more serious causes of coughing. These conditions all cause inflammation of the lining of the respiratory tract and coughing. Conditions such as bronchitis also trigger the production of excess mucous which can adhere to the trachea, a second factor triggering the cough reflex. Conditions such as asthma, heartburn or post nasal drip are also commonly associated with recurrent coughing.
Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice Root) is a highly respected remedy with a variety of uses. Apart from strengthening the action of other herbs, licorice has long been known for its ability to soothe and calm the respiratory tract. In addition Licorice root supports the functioning of the immune system.
Dose: 1 teaspoon of powdered root with 1 glass of water; as needed or 3 times daily. Capsules: 3 x 3 daily or as suggested.
Sambucus nigra (Elder) is a well-known tonic for the throat and respiratory tract. It is also a valuable aid to keep the respiratory tract clear and free of phlegm and congestion. As a diaphoretic herb (causing perspiration) it is useful for cooling the body. Research has suggested that Sambucus nigra also contains compounds that are active against several strains of flu viruses.
Flowers: 3 - 5 grams 3 times daily. Flower Tea: Pour 1 cup boiling water over 2 tablespoons of flowers; 3 times daily.
Bark/Root Tea: Pour 1 cup boiling water over 2 level teaspoons; only 1 time daily.
Eucaluyptus (commonly known as the Blue gum)is a known antiseptic and expectorant. It is a constituent in many cough, mouth and throat formulas. Take 4 - 6 grams of the leaf daily, or make up an infusion of 2 - 3 grams in 150 ml of water.
Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) soothes inflamed membranes and is an effective expectorant. This makes it useful in the treatment of coughs, asthma, emphysema and bronchitis. Marshmallow contains vitamin A, the B group of vitamins, zinc and calcium. It has no known side effects or contraindications. The German Commission E has confirmed the usefulness of Marshmallow Root in the treatment of irritation of oral and pharyngeal mucosa and any resulting coughs.
Dose: Add 1 teaspoon to 1 cup of boiling water. To be taken 3 or more times a day.
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Common causes of a chronic (long term) cough are smoking, chronic bronchitis and certain medications such as ACE inhibitors.
Treatment for Coughing
Treatment of a cough is dependent upon diagnosing and treating the underlying cause. However, natural cough remedies may help alleviate the discomfort associated with bouts of illness-induced coughing. There are many natural cough remedies available that address various forms of coughs.
Coughs can be conventionally treated with cough medicines, often through cough suppressants (antitussives) that suppress the body's urge to cough. Centrally-acting cough suppressants reduce the urge to cough by inhibiting the response of the sensory endings of the vagus nerve. This is not always desirable, as your body is built to naturally expel mucus and irritants by way of a cough. Failure to do this can one more susceptible to a secondary infection.
Productive coughs (coughs that produce phlegm) are usually treated with expectorants that loosen mucus from the respiratory tract.
A cough that continues for several days or increases in severity warrants a visit to a physician or health care practitioner to rule out other diseases. If a cough lasts for more than three weeks, multiple causes are likely, and only when all the causes are treated will the patient be symptom-free.
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