Ayurvedic Treatment for Cold and Cough

Ayurvedic treatment for cold and cough can occur at any time of the year due to contact with the cold virus, especially if the recipient’s immunity is low. It may also occur by frequently changing temperatures/weather, contamination of drinking water or exposure to dust, pollution and pollen.

The most basic symptoms to diagnose common cold and cough are a watery/runny nose, continuous sneezing, sore throat, breathlessness (in case of asthma patients) dry cough, mild headaches or fever of/above 100.4°F.

The symptoms start during the ‘incubation’ period of the common cold and cough — during the first 2–3 days. If not treated, the common cold and cough may last for 14 days or more and may become contagious.

In Ayurveda, the practice is to make the body strong and immune enough to take the wear-tear of seasonal changes and other elements. The most recommended ayurvedic remedy for cold and cough are usually simple and can be performed with easy to procure ingredients.

Milk and turmeric: A very popular Ayurvedic treatment for common cold and cough is drinking warm milk with a spoonful of turmeric. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal spice and it helps in preventing the onset of full blown common cold and cough. Drinking turmeric in warm milk also helps clear out chest congestion and makes breathing easy for those with cold. This drink has long been known in Indian households to be a perfect treatment for seasonal cold.

Warm water with lemon and honey: A very popular drink in the winter months in Northern India, taking warm water with lemon and honey is also an Ayurvedic treatment for cold and cough. When chest congestion occurs, it is advisable to drink 3–4 glasses of this mixture as it eases breathing, soothes the throat and helps in coughing out of excess phlegm. In case of dry cough with uneasiness, the ayurvedic treatment for cough and cold is to add equal quantities of dry ginger, black pepper and cinnamon (all ground into a find powder) to the warm water, lemon and honey mixture and drink it. This powerful drink is advised only when there is a strong, dry cough.

Eucalyptus oil vapour: A strong decongestant, a few drops of eucalyptus oil should be added to boiled water in a vessel or a vaporizer and the steam should be inhaled for a 2–3 minutes by the person suffering with common cold and cough. This simple Ayurvedic remedy for treatment of cough moistens and frees up the nasal, sinus and bronchial passages and help in relieving breathing. This is especially helpful for those who suffer from asthma.

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