Not all types of cough are due to COVID -19. It is a very common problem that people often suffer from. Here are a few basic things about ways to treat a cough through natural remedies.
What Is a Cough?
Coughing is a vital body defense mechanism. Coughing is the reaction of the body in which excess mucous is driven out. The air passage of lungs is lined by cells secreting mucus, which traps dust particles. When the cough is associated with sputum then it is called a wet cough. When the cough is without sputum then it is a dry cough. Coughing expels all the particles and foreign bodies from the windpipe and lungs. If left untreated, cough can get serious and result in pneumonia. When the cell lining your lungs get infected then inflammation occurs that leads to an increase in mucus secretion and leads to irritation and gives dry hacking sound as well. It affects all age groups.
What Are the Symptoms of a Cough?
The symptoms of a cough are:
A person who is going to cough, first draws a deep breath in, then he closes his glottis and contracts his muscles that build up pressure in the chest, afterward, he suddenly opens his glottis so that there is an explosive discharge of air which sweeps through the air passage and carries away excess secretions or in some cases foreign matter, which has irritated the larynx, trachea or bronchi.
Production of rattling sound.
The patient feels pain in the chest during extensive coughing.
Feeling of tiredness and weakness.
Other constitutional symptoms like fever, headache, cold, sore throat, body aches, malaise, and loss of appetite may be associated.
What Are the Causes of a Cough?
The causes include:
The real cause is the clogging of bronchial tube with waste matter.
Inflammation of larynx or pharynx, maybe because of digestive disturbance.
Due to weather or seasonal changes.
Wrong feeding habits, such as overeating of bread, meat, sugar, porridge, puddings, and pies in winter.
How Is a Cough Treated?
When one notices any of the above symptoms of cough, then efforts should be made to avoid extensive cold items. A hot bath and chest pack are useful in the treatment of cough. Heavy and cough-producing diet like milk and milk products, sweets, etc., should be avoided. A light diet is preferred. Drink warm water. For a dry cough, a chest pack is beneficial.
Chromotherapy - Half a cup of water fillled in a green bottle charged with sun rays should be consumed empty stomach. Half a cup of water filled in a yellow bottle should be consumed after taking food daily morning and evening.
For overcoming cough with sputum that is wet cough, half a cup of water filled in a yellow bottle, duly charged with sun rays, must be consumed immediately after food.
Fasting on orange juice along with water till the severity gets reduced. Orange juice in warm water every two hours from 8 AM to 8 PM. After the juice fast, patient should adopt an all-fruit diet for two to three days.
In cases of mild cough, patient should start the all-fruit diet for five to seven days. Such a patient should take three meals a day of fresh fruit juice such as apples, pear, grapes, grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, peaches, and melon. After the all-fruit diet, the patient should follow a well-balanced diet with emphasis on whole grain cereals, raw or lightly cooked vegetables.
Warm Water Enema - Warm water enema daily to cleanse the bowel is beneficial.
In cough, Kunjal Kriya may be performed regularly in the morning for a few days. Thereafter, Vastra Dhauti and Jal Neti should be performed to eliminate or remove phlegm accumulated in the respiratory tract.
Yoga and Pranayama - The practice of Bhastrika, Kapalbhati, and Ujjayi Pranayam are advantageous in wet cough. Shitali and Sitkari Pranayama are especially useful in dry cough. The practice of Ghrit Neti before Pranayama definitely gives benefit.
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20 Apr 2020 - 4 min read
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