Coughing is a natural reaction to obstruction in the trachea or air passages. When a cough is associated with other cold symptoms, this obstruction is usually excess phlegm or mucus from the lungs or nasal passages. The mucus buildup results from bacteria or viruses in the body that have attacked the mucus membranes in an insidious effort to spread themselves to other humans (through contact, coughing, and sneezing).
Chronic coughing (ongoing and not associated with a temporary illness) is usually caused by smoking, nasal problems, or asthma. In some cases, chronic coughing could indicate disease.
Since coughs have so many possible and divergent causes, it’s difficult to offer a few, simple keys to cure them. Nevertheless, here are some possibilities to help with cough symptoms, whatever the cause:
- Use essential oils of eucalyptus, myrrh, peppermint, chamomile, pine, or rosemary in steam diffusions or room diffusers.
- Avoid foods that cause mucus, including dairy products, wheat, sugar, and starchy foods.
- Eat more nutrientrich, healthforming foods, including Spirulina, bee pollen, spinach, dandelion greens, kale, and other super foods. This will help your immune system fight off pathogens that are causing the cough.
- Reduce mucus with ginger, cayenne, cinnamon, tumeric, and clove. Use as a gargle or take these spices in capsule form or combine them with honey to soothe the throat.
- For coughs associated with cold or allergy, gargle with sea salt water as hot as you can stand.
Combine ground perilla seed, ground apricot seed, slippery elm, and licorice and take orally. Take vitamin A (100,000 IU) until the cough dissipates (pregnant women should not take this much vitamin A). A research study published in 2000 demonstrated that 12.8 mg of zinc reduces the length of time you suffer from a cough by 50%.