What is Cough?
A cough is a reaction to clear the airways of mucus, phlegm, dust, smoke or a foreign body. Whenever there is an obstruction or inflammation in the throat or in the upper airways, 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.
Common Causes of Cold
- Viral infection
- Common cold
Other serious causes may include:
- Whooping cough
- Clot in the lung
- Cancer of the lung
Home Remedies for Cough
Suck on 3 peppercorns with a pinch of black cumin seeds (shah jeera) and a pinch of salt.
Burn a clove by stirring on a hot tava or pan. Keep this in the mouth and suck on it.
3-5 drops of clove oil mixed with a clove of crushed garlic and ½ tsp honey helps soothe the throat.
In a cup of boiling water add 1 tsp turmeric powder and 1 tsp carom seeds (ajwain). Boil till half. Add 1 tsp of honey and have 2 times a day.
50 gm of sugar candy (mishri) with 50 gm pepper powder. Mix with pure ghee to make small pellets. Store. Keep in mouth and suck on them, 3-4 times a day.