Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Cough

Learn about the Ayurvedic Approach of Treatment and Home Remedies for Cough

Ayurveda Approach of Treatment for Dry Cough

As per Ayurveda, Dry cough (Shushka-Kasa) is a very common ailment provoked by prolonged exposure to high pollution-levels, dust, allergy and toxic smoke (like cigarettes, environmental pollution). As a countermeasure, the body’s natural mechanism forcibly expels air to remove the obstruction. During this process, the Vata (biological air) balance in the body gets impaired and causes “Vataja Kasa”.

To treat ‘Vataja Kasa’ (most common dry cough) the following treatment plan is followed:

  • Application of oils and/or heat to the prana vaha srota (respiratory system). Eg. Sesame oil massaged into the chest followed by fomentation.
  • Ghrita (medicated ghee) administration. Ghee is prepared using warm or moist expectorant herbs: Kantakari, vasaka, licorice and wild cherry bark.
  • For the digestive system anuvasana basti (oil enema) or niruha basti (decoction enema) is done.
  • Prescription of Sitopaladi Churna. It is a combination of many herbs and spices with chief herb being Vamsa rochana.

Natural Home Remedies for Cough

If you are suffering from Dry cough, try out these effective Ayurvedic home remedies:

  1. Before bedtime, take ayurvedic golden turmeric milk. This works as a natural antibiotic. Check out the Recipe for Golden Milk
  2. Consume turmeric powder mixed with honey three times a day.
  3. Lemon and honey mixed in warm water can be consumed twice a day. The high concentration of vitamin C improves the resistance of the body, lowers the toxic nature of the infection, and reduces the total duration of the cold.
  4. Licorice (Mulethi) lozenges to reduce inflammation. You can Buy Licorice throat lozenges from Amazon
  5. Use the decoction of Saunf (Aniseeds) as the base water to make coffee or tea.
  6. Sooth your infected throat pipe with natural cough syrup made by mixing ginger and honey. Boil a piece of ginger (peeled) in water. Filter and mix 1 tsp of honey and consume. You can even chew small pieces of ginger sprinkled with water for its anti-inflammatory properties
  7. Cloves of garlic, boiled in water and consumed as a soup, provide relief from the symptoms of a cold. The antiseptic and antispasmodic nature of garlic mitigates the discomfort. The oil contained in garlic is also beneficial in opening up the airways, thus facilitating better respiration. 
  8. Add a pinch of cinnamon powder in warm water or tea for relief from throat irritability
  9. Drink tea made of Tulsi, ginger and honey.
  10. You can chew Tulsi flowers throughout the day for faster recovery.
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  11. Regular dose of half a teaspoon of Chyawanprash with lukewarm water.
  12. To address a running nose a natural home remedy is to inhale the vapors of turmeric, apple cider vinegar, or eucalyptus oil that can be added to steaming water water. This helps loosen the secretions, thus enhancing the discharge through your nose. 
  13. Saline gargles are helpful to soothe an itchy and sore throat. The use of humidifiers may also be helpful, particularly if you spend most of your time indoors.
  14. 1 gram of dry Ginger powder, black pepper powder, cardamom powder, clove powder, cinnamon powder, turmeric powder. Add an equal quantity of powdered sugar (i.e. 6 grams). Mix 1-4 grams of this mixture in honey or warm water. Dosage: Twice daily. 

Don’t forget to make some important lifestyle changes like:

  • Avoid Cold and frozen foods, yogurt, banana and sour fruits
  • Avoid interaction with allergens (pollution, dust, pollen etc.)
  • Sit in Sun
  • Abstain from junk, dry or spicy food
  • Have plenty of rest
  • Consume clean, room temperature/warm water
  • Do Pranayama for building lung’s health
  • Avoid irritants like smoke from mosquito coils, incense etc
  • Follow strict food and sleep schedule. Have dinner before sunset
  • Install a humidifier in the bedroom
  • Consume food rich in Vitamin C to strengthen the immune system
  • Feet, head and chest should be properly covered
  • A nourishing diet should be taken in small quantities (preferably as soups) until the digestive Agni becomes strong
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