is Cough ?
is also usually a Kapha (water) disorder. It is caused by accumulation
of mucus, or by irritation to the mucus membranes of the respiratory
modern science do not regard cough as a disease but the rather consider
it as only a symptom of an impending respiratory disease or disorder
or a manifestation of some cardiopulmonary distress.
are the symptoms ?
common symptoms of colds and coughs are a running or blocked nose,
sneezing repeatedly specially when exposed to cold air or when drinking
ic cold drinks, a sore throat, cough, congestion, headache and sometimes
a low fever with body pains. Anorexia, laziness and difficulty in
sleeping are also seen when the symptoms become servere.
are the causes ?
and coughs are a very common problem and are caused by aggravation
of Kapha Dosha. It may sometimes be caused by a weak digestion. When
the food we eat is not fully digested it changes into mucus, which
in Ayurvedic language is known as ama. This mucus or ama mixed with
various circulation reaches the respiratory system and causes colds
causes are exposure to cold or humid condition and cold air. Exposure
to hot and cold condition alternatively within a short period and
exposing the body to extreme temperature condition also aggravates
the condition. The most common instance of this is drinking ice cold
drinks when we are hot and perspiring. Eating hot and cold food at
the same time e.g. ice cream with hot cofee is also not adviced.
is also generally caused at the time of change of season. Eating foods
that increase Kapha like milk products, foods heavily fried in oil
or ghee (clarified butter) will accelerate the problem.
is the treatment ?
cough involves expectorating thick or slimy mucus of clear or white
color and an infrequent cough. A distaste for food, feeling of heaviness,
and sweet taste in the mouth with excess saliva or feeling of nausea
will be symptoms. The patient will complain of cold, and the lungs
may be full of phlegm.
involves anti-Kapha diet, avoiding dairy and other mucus-forming foods.
Ice, cold water and fruit juices should not be taken. Hot spicy herbs,
particularly long pepper, dry ginger or chitrak as a milk decoction,
are helpful as is Trikatu compound.
type cough involves expectorating yellow phlegm, sometimes streaked
with blood. There will be a burning sensation in the throat and chest,
along with fever, thirst and dryness of the mouth. The mouth will
taste bitter or pungent.
is much like that for Pitta type colds. Ghee can be used to soothe
the throat. Powdered lotus seed with honey is helpful. Licorice combination
can be used.
type cough is usually a dry cough with little expectoration. Cough
will be frequent, painful and with a particular sound. Pain in the
chest and heart, or a headache is typical. There will be dryness in
the mouth, hoarseness and perhaps nervousness, anxiety or insomnia.
involves anti-Vata diet. Anti-cough and demulcent herbs are prescribed,
licorice, marshmallow, comfrey root, shatavari and ash-wagandha. Formulas
include Cardamom combination and Draksha, plus formulas indicated
under the common cold.
foods, cold drinks, ice cream, sweets, fried foods, milk products
like cheese, creams, yoghurt etc. should not be taken.
milk without fat can be taken if boiled with a pice of crushed
a teaspoon of turmeric powder mixed with the milk is effective.
fruit juice should also be avoided, Breads, meats, nuts and pastries
are not advisable.
is good to take a light warm diet like boiled or steamed vegetables;
vegetable soups and fruits, which areok
not juicy, like papaya and apple.
teas, herbal teas and other hot drinks are beneficial.
during the daytime should be avoided.
cold showers, exposure to cold winds, fans, air conditioners etc.
should be avoided
offer some classical Indian supportive remedies for this disease
which are supposed to be taken strictly under medical supervision.
Kindly Ask a Doctor