Cough is a reflex that manifests itself due to irritation of the respiratory system. Sometimes it occurs as a result of diseases, the appearance of which is caused by viruses and microbes. In addition, allergies, as well as pathologies from the heart system, can become the root cause of its appearance. Every year more and more people are abandoning synthetic drugs, preferring folk remedies. In terms of effectiveness, one cannot put equality between medicines and folk recipes, because the former begin to act faster, but herbs can be used in combination with pharmaceuticals.
Medicines used for coughing have a number of side effects, as they are primarily made up of chemicals. It is with this that people argue the refusal of drugs in favor of traditional medicine. But do not forget that products of natural origin have contraindications and can cause negative reactions.
Traditional medicine is designed primarily for colds of the respiratory tract. They can only be used with the approval of the attending physician. If during treatment you notice difficulty breathing in or out, as well as whistling or wheezing, seek immediate help. The same should be done when sputum appears red or streaked with blood.
Healing raw materials consist of biological substances, which are also chemical compounds. At the same time, the composition of the synthetic drug is known, but no one calculated the proportions of substances in the decoctions. Nevertheless, it is not worth denying the positive effects of folk remedies on the body. The main thing is to correctly use herbs, roots and other raw materials for medical purposes.
Dry cough: folk remedies
With a dry cough, sputum practically does not leave, breathing is difficult, the sound source is formed in the larynx. Cough is dangerous by the active development of inflammatory reactions in the respiratory tract.
For treatment, you can use black radish. Rinse the root crop thoroughly, cut off the top and make a deep depression in the center. Pour 2 teaspoons of honey into the formed hole and return the top to its place. Place the radish in a warm, dark place for at least 8 hours. After this time, the juice obtained in the root vegetable is ready for use. You can use the radish three times. The medicine tastes good. Preschool children can drink the resulting juice a teaspoon 3-5 times a day, adults - a tablespoon the same number of times. The tool should not be used by people with intolerance to bee products.
You can prepare another folk remedy from this root vegetable. To do this, it is enough to mix the radish juice with carrot juice in equal proportions. It is worth taking the medicine for a tablespoon every 2 hours.
For dry coughs, ginger has worked well. It not only acts as an anti-cold remedy, but also strengthens the immune system. To prepare a folk remedy, grate the ginger root. Pour 1-2 teaspoons of the resulting mass with 200 g of sugar and add a small amount of water. Put the bowl with the contents on low heat and, stirring regularly, bring the mixture to a viscous mass. Take the resulting medicine half a teaspoon three times a day.
Onions, which can be used for inhalation, are also suitable for treating dry coughs. It is enough to chop it finely and combine it with a small amount of sugar for better juice extraction. Breathe over the resulting mass at a distance of 30-40 cm for 10 minutes.
Onion juice is great for coughing. To prepare it, chop the root vegetable, mix with 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1 liter of hot water. Leave the mixture for 2 hours in a dark place to extract juice.Take the product in a tablespoon 3-5 times a day. This method is perfect even for those who cannot stand onions, as sugar suppresses the taste of the root crop.
Wet cough: folk remedies
With a wet cough, phlegm leaves, while the sound is gurgling from the chest. This type of cough is dangerous because the phlegm, settling in the bronchi, acts as an excellent breeding ground for bacteria. Due to the growth of microbes, the inflammatory process turns into a bacterial infection. The main task at this stage is to improve the discharge of sputum, for this, decoctions of medicinal herbs and other natural raw materials are used.
With a wet cough, honey is great. Combine it with olive oil in equal proportions, then heat in a water bath. Take the mixture in a teaspoon three times a day. You can also mix honey with warm milk and drink it throughout the day. For even greater effect, it is recommended to add butter to milk.
You can make a folk remedy from onion juice and raisins. To do this, pour 50 g of dried berries with a glass of boiling water, strain after 30 minutes and add 3 tablespoons of onion juice. Take a health drink before bed.
To combat coughs, you can make a sweet medicine with figs. Children perceive it perfectly, as its taste is simply amazing. Pour 2-3 fruits with a glass of milk, put on low heat and, stirring occasionally, bring to a boil. Drink the resulting product 2-3 times a day warm.
There are many ways of non-traditional cough treatment. But again, note that you should not make up a treatment plan for yourself or your child. A doctor's consultation is always necessary, because the virus can cause dangerous complications, which are often treated only in a hospital setting. Use alternative medicine as a preventive measure or as part of a prescribed therapy.