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
  • Flu
  • Smoking

Other serious causes may include:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Whooping cough
  • Tuberculosis
  • Pneumonia
  • Clot in the lung
  • Cancer of the lung

Home Remedies for Cough

Tips 1:

Suck on 3 peppercorns with a pinch of black cumin seeds (shah jeera) and a pinch of salt.


Tips 2:

Burn a clove by stirring on a hot tava or pan. Keep this in the mouth and suck on it.


Tips 3:

3-5 drops of clove oil mixed with a clove of crushed garlic and ½ tsp honey helps soothe the throat.


Tips 4:

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.


Tips 5:

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.