Ayurvedic medicine originated in India thousands of years ago, and is still in use today. Practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine believe there are medicinal qualities in all things of an animal, vegetable and mineral source. Most Ayurvedic cough remedies are made from herbs with the addition of other natural substances to enhance the action of the herb. Using herbal medicine of any kind may produce side effects. Individuals should consult with their health practitioner before starting any new treatments for cough.
Andrographis or Andrographic paniculata is an herb used in Ayurvedic medicine that was originally found on the plains in India. It is used for colds and coughs and may help reduce symptoms as well as protect against bronchitis. Andrographis is high in antioxidants and strengthens the immune system. The combination of andropgraphis and Eleuthrero or Siberian ginseng acts as protection against the common cold. The herbal tonic is called Kan Jang and is available from Ayurvedic practitioners and stores specializing in Ayurvedica medicines.
The herb fennel is used in Ayurveda for several conditions including coughing due to bronchitis and pulmonary disorders. Fennel is a licorice-flavored herb often used for culinary preparations as well as for its medicinal properties. The Indians use syrup made from fennel juice to relieve chronic coughs.
Sodium Bicarbonate–Baking Soda
Ayurvedic practitioners use common baking soda to reduce excess stomach acid, also called digestive fire, according to the Multilingual Archive World Lingo website. Acid reflux may be the cause of coughing due to irritation of the mucus membranes in the throat as well as the lining of the esophagus. Indians use sodium bicarbonate to relieve coughing from bronchitis, asthma and other pulmonary and respiratory ailments that are connected with excessive digestive juices. Baking soda can raise blood pressure.
White horehound has been used in Ayurvedic medcine as well as by the Native Americans and Australian aborigines as an expectorant in cough remedies. Modern day Western herbalists also recommend horehound to relieve congestion in the chest and accompanying coughing. It’s a potent remedy for the treatment of asthma, TB, whooping cough, bronchitis and inflammation of the airways. Horehound helps to reduce bronchial spasms and thin mucus secretions, allowing the patient to cough it up.
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