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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Thursday, January 7, 2021

9 Natural Ways To Manage Chronic Cough

Cough is the natural body mechanism to expel the mucus or any other particle that get stuck in our airway and it usually gets subsided once the blockage is cleared. Meanwhile, it can also get associated with any underlying disease condition. While some types can be mild, others can be life-taking. Whatever be the reason, it should never be ignored. Once neglected, cough can lead to tuberculosis, dyspnoea, COPD and various other severe ailments. When a cough persists for more than 3-4 weeks, it is said to be a chronic cough and should be treated at the earliest.

Chronic cough

In Ayurveda classics, five different types of cough are described and the treatment is based on the different presentations of the cough produced. Eventhough any of the vitiated tridoshas (vata, pitta and kapha) may lead to the manifestation of cough, vata is the main dosha involved. The vitiation of Vata occur mainly either due to the 'dhathukshaya' (depletion of tissues) or 'aavarana' of vata (occlusion of vata by kapha dosha). Several factors are responsible for the formation of cough but the first and foremost direct causative factors mentioned by the scholars are the 'raja' (dust) and 'dhooma' (smoke). Main pathology of a chronic cough is found in the chest area with altered functioning of the respiratory system. Although a large number of herbal remedies are available that bring about relief from persistent cough, let us go through some of the effective remedies which are described in our Ayurveda classics.

  1. Powder of equal quantity of pippali (Piper longum), maricha (Piper nigrum) and sunthi (Zingiber officinale) along with jaggery and ghee is found to be very efficacious in cough and asthma. Similarly, pippali powder alone mixed with ghee, honey and sugar candy can also be licked frequently in cough and hoarseness of voice.
  2. Soup of green gram is prepared by adding the juice of kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum). Consumption of this soup by adding gooseberry to it is advantageous in different types of cough.
  3. Fresh juice of rhizome of ginger or black basil leaves mixed with honey provides relief from cough. For those cough with vata predominant symptoms like that of dry cough, juice of vasaka (Adathoda vasica) is found to be effective. The same juice when taken along with trikatu (piper longum, Piper nigrum and Zingiber officinale) is beneficial in productive cough.
  4. Fruits of gooseberry are boiled in milk and then made into a powder. Ghee sprinkled with this powder can be consumed in conditions like ‘kshayajakasa’ where there is vitiation of tridoshas and in which emaciation of body takes place.
  5. Intake of gruel prepared from rice etc by adding with equal quantity of sesame seeds and little rock salt is very useful in chronic cough with vata predominant symptoms.
  6. Practice of gargling (kabala) or mouth-filling (gandusha) either with salted lukewarm water or medicated liquids is worthwhile in most kind of cough. Honey, green gram soup, certain decoctions etc can be used accordingly for this purpose.
  7. Herbal smoking (dhoomapana) is worth trying in chronic coughs but it is advisable to be done cautiously under an expert. The drugs like maricha (Piper nigrum), pippali (Piper longum), ela (Elettaria cardomomum), tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) etc are used for preparing medicated smoke which is inhaled through nostrils, especially in cough where excess sputum is present.
  8. Judicious selection of head and body massage oil is crucial in cases of chronic cough. Generally, oil application is contraindicated in those conditions when there is excess kapha in the body. There are chances of aggravation if the property of oil counteracts with the prakruthi (constitution) and disease condition of the individual.
  9. For any disease to get subsided, the essential criteria to be followed are “Nidana parivarjanam eva chikitsa”. This implies that absconding from the causative factors is the main treatment for a disease. Hence the predisposing factors like improper food habits, suppression of natural urges, excess exertion above one’s capacity, excess sleep, over exposure to heat, dust, smoke, sun etc should be avoided.

With these remedies and techniques, chronic cough can be managed to a far extent but medical supervision under an expert is highly advised depending on the severity of the condition.


Herbal Remedies for Chronic Cough

Herbal Remedies for Chronic Cough

1. Kaas-Har Churna

Planet Ayurveda introduces the Kaas-Har Churna which aids in providing relief from all kinds of cough and cold. The key ingredients present are the herbs like Vanshlochan (Bambusa arudinacea), Pippali (Piper longum), Ela (Elettaria cardomomum), Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanica) and mishri (sugar candy). Pippali works effectively in relieving chronic lung disorders, tuberculosis and other respiratory disorders. Ela is a wonderful anti-oxidant which is mentioned along with herbs useful in asthma, dyspnoea etc. Vanshlochan acts as a bronchodilator, expectorant, demulcent and boosts immunity.

Dosage - 1-2 teaspoon twice a day.

2. Kakrasringi Churna

This single herb powder from Planet Ayurveda is made from the Karkatshringi (Pistacia integerrima) which is mentioned under the kasahara (cough relieving) group of drugs in Charaka Samhitha. It gives promising results in chronic respiratory diseases like asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough etc by clearing the mucus and protecting the respiratory system. It has got antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial action.

Dosage - 1 teaspoon with plain water after meals, two times a day.

3. Aller-G Care

Aller-G Care capsules from the house of Planet Ayurveda is a successful herbal medicine which has proven fruitful in respiratory allergies like rhinitis, pollen allergy, sinusitis, asthma, sneezing etc and the cough related symptoms associated with them. The ingredients involved are the extracts of Haridra (Curcuma longa), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Shirish (Albezzia lebbock) and Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). All these drugs possess the qualities of anti-inflammation and anti-toxication thereby enabling the body to fight against external factors causing allergies.

Dosage - 1-2 capsules twice or thrice daily after meals.

4. Praanrakshak Churna

The Praanrakshak churna available in Planet Ayurveda helps in restoring the healthy functioning of respiratory organ. It is made up of ingredients like Shirish (Albezzia lebbock), Vaasa (Adathoda vasica), Anantamool (Tylphora asthmatica), Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanica), Bharangi (Clerodandrum serratum), Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum) and Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra). All these drugs are throat- protective and beneficial in chronic respiratory tract infections. It helps in scraping off the excess kapha and cures chronic cough.

Dosage - 1-2 teaspoon with plain water after meals thrice a day.

5. Tulsi Capsules

Planet Ayurveda brings the Tulsi capsules which contain the pure herbal extract of Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum). Tulsi is kaphavinasini (reduces increased kaphadosha), kasahara (relieves cough) and swasahara (used in asthma and other chronic respiratory complaints). It also facilitates relaxation from body pain associated with frequent cough and is good for overall respiratory health.

Dosage - 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals

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Chronic cough can be a much discomforting and debilitating condition for which adequate Ayurveda treatments are available. Along with proper diet, regimen and natural medicines it can be treated from the root cause thereby providing solace to the patients.

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