Selecting Cough Herb Remedies
The use of certain cough herb remedies remains to be the best practice for the treatment of certain types of coughs, colds and sore throats.
Chinese cough herb remedies tend to work the best to sooth the symptoms of a nagging cough. Understanding your symptoms and what type of cough or sore throat you have will help pin-point the best type of cough herb remedies to use.
Cough Herb Remedies Verses Antibiotic
Interesting enough antibiotic are often proven ineffective for coughs and painful sore throats.
Non-traditional healthcare, doctors and scientists are rediscovering cough herb remedies and old treatments that are increasingly supplanting today’s standard treatments for a number of conditions. That includes coughs that often accompany the flu or mild chest infections.
Doctors are finding that using the antibiotic amoxicillin to treat respiratory infections in patients (not suspected of having pneumonia) unlikely to help a cough or sore throat. Often this type of treatment can actually be more harmful than helpful.
As a matter of fact overuse of antibiotics, dominated by primary care prescribing, can lead to the development of resistance and often side effects like diarrhea, rash and vomiting.
Even though antibiotics are over used a small number of patients will benefit from antibiotics and the challenge remains that antibiotics are still effective to date. What is nice to know is there options.
Top Cough Herb Remedies
Coughs due to heat often produce sticky phlegm that’s difficult to expectorate. Cough herb remedies treats this type of cough with cooling, moistening herbs and acupuncture directed at specific points on the body that helps clear heat from the lungs.
By comparison, “cough due to cold is often accompanied by chills and copious mucus. Cough herb remedies will treat this type of cough differently, using warming, drying herbs and the application of moxibustion,” a traditional Chinese medicine therapy using moxa, or mugwort herb.
Treating a dryness cough is a type of cough usually contracted due to overexposure to a dry environment or dry wind. The symptoms are a dry, non-productive cough accompanied by a sore throat with a ticklish sensation. Using cough herb remedies focuses on repelling the dryness. Sang Xing Tang (pronounced sahng shing tahng) helps moisten the lungs and repel the dryness pernicious influence.
The Sang Xing cough remedy treatment should be accompanied by a diet of soups and plenty of liquids. Follow-up treatment should include American ginseng daily for two weeks.
Cough Herb Tea Remedies
Herbal tea remedies are easy to make and a quick, simple way to sooth a sore throat and nasty cough.
Mullein is well-known for relieving chest congestion from coughs, colds and the flu. It acts as an expectorant, loosening trapped mucous and soothing sore throats.
Make mullein tea by filling a tea ball or strainer with dried mullein herb and steeping in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Sweeten with raw honey and drink as needed to relieve symptoms.
Garlic is also a well-known immune system strengthener. Garlic shines as an antibacterial and antiviral herb for fighting colds, coughs and the flu.
Peel 2 to 3 cloves of fresh garlic and lightly crush them with the side of a wide knife blade. Add them to 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for another 15 minutes. Strain the garlic and allow the tea to cool. Add raw honey, a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. Drink as much as you like.
A lingering cough is nothing to ignore. Often cough herb remedies can be a happy healthy way to go for treatment. With that being said, as we always say, consult with your doctor to determine what type of cough you have and go from there.