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Gain Relief from Dry Cough with these Ayurvedic Tips

Gain Relief from Dry Cough with these Ayurvedic Tips

Dry cough or Shushka Kasa is typically an allergic condition that affects people living in polluted areas, such as cities. When allergens or pollutants enter the airways into the lungs, our body responds by attempting to expel the foreign particles through triggers like coughs and sneezes. 

However, when the body is forced to do so repeatedly, such natural reflex actions can cause inflammation of the throat and the respiratory tract over time. This is when the condition is known as a chronic one. In this blog, we will discuss dry cough and its symptoms that can make it troublesome after a while. We will also cover some major Ayurvedic tips and treatments to heal this disease and provide effective permanent relief.

Chief Symptoms of Dry Cough

Dry cough presents itself alongside the following symptoms - 

  • Mouth dryness, extreme thirst
  • Bitter taste
  • Fatigue and irritability
  • Fever
  • Sputum production and expectoration 
  • Smothering/suffocation or burning feeling in the chest
  • Pain near the heart, head, abdomen, or sides because of excessive coughing
  • Irritated throat, leading to a hoarse voice
  • Problems in ingesting food
  • Possible nausea after meals 

What are the Main Causes of Dry Cough?

The most common cause of dry cough, as mentioned above, is the rise in pollutants and allergens, particularly in cities and metropolitan areas. The body must kick out all the toxic smoke, pollutants, dust particles, etc., which is why dry coughing is triggered. 

Let’s take a quick look at the other major causes of dry cough - 

  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Sinusitis
  • Pneumonia
  • suppression of vomiting
  • Inflammation due to irritants/allergens

To protect your body from this disease, your respiratory system requires building strong immunity. However, this becomes challenging due to various factors like poor nutrition, abnormal lifestyle, and rising ecological toxicity, making it difficult for the body to fight back.

What is the Ayurvedic Treatment for Dry Cough?

The respiratory system is governed by two kinds of Vata, the Prana, and the Udana Vayu. When allergens or pollutants enter it, the body applies its countermeasures (coughing or sneezing) which creates a Vata imbalance in the body, leading to Vataja Kasa.

Simple & Amazingly Effective Home Remedies for Dry Cough

Chronic or acute, you can get rid of dry cough easily enough with these beneficial Ayurvedic home remedies - 

  • Take a glass of warm milk after adding a bit of turmeric and honey to it. Raw turmeric can also be added to milk before boiling it to make a delicious beverage that acts as a natural antibiotic. However, add honey only to warm, not boiling, milk.
  • You can also mix turmeric powder in a bit of honey and consume this mixture thrice daily, without adding milk at all. 
  • Suck on pieces of Mulethi (Licorice) for relief from inflammation.
  • Boil a teaspoon of Saunf (Aniseeds) in water and reduce it to drink as-is or use it as the base water when you make coffee or tea.
  • You can make a natural, homemade cough syrup by boiling a piece of ginger in water. Cool and filter it, and add a teaspoon of honey. This concoction will alleviate your infected throat, as ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Add a bit of cinnamon powder in your tea or a glass of warm water. This will not only provide you relief from throat irritation but also provide several other benefits.
  • Drink tea made with Tulsi (Holy Basil) leaves, ginger, and honey.
  • Keep a Tulsi leaf in your mouth and suck on it (but don’t chew it). 

These remedies work much faster if you make a few necessary lifestyle changes, such as - 

  • Avoiding exposure to pollutants and allergens. 
  • Eating as little junk, processed, or spicy and dry food as you can, as these also cause multiple issues in our body. 
  • Add nourishing soups in little amounts to your diet that will encourage and strengthen the digestive Agni.
  • Get lots of rest and let your body repair itself in its own natural way.
  • Drink water that’s hygienic and either warm or at room temperature. 
  • Do Pranayama daily to make your lungs stronger.
  • Stay away from irritants from different sources such as smoke from mosquito coils and incense sticks, etc.
  • Follow a proper feeding and sleeping schedule. Try to have dinner before the sunsets.
  • Install a room purifier or a humidifier in the house.
  • Increase your intake of foods that are rich in Vitamin C to build a stronger immune system.

Other Approaches for the Treatment of Dry Cough, According to Ayurveda

Aside from the aforementioned home remedies, Ayurvedic practitioners recommend various herbal preparations based on the particular Dosha composition of the individual as well as their symptoms.  

Ayurveda has always provided the safest and the most effective treatments for healing several kinds of ailments like dry, irritating cough, throat infection, chronic fever, and respiratory disorders.

Some of these preparations include - 

  • Draksharishta
  • Vaikranta Baddaras
  • Pravala Chandrodaya
  • Ekotharavrudhimahalakshmivilasarasa
  • Talisadi Churna
  • Sitopaladi Churna
  • Lakshmi Vilasa Rasa

Treating the most common form of dry cough, known as ‘Vataja Kasa’ in Ayurveda, consists of the following plan:

  • Application of heat (fomentation) and oils, like Sesame oil, to the respiratory system, known as prana vaha srota in Ayurveda. 
  • Adding expectorant herbs like mulethi, vasaka, and kantakari to ghee to prepare medicated ghee, called Ghrita. 
  • Performing a decoction enema (niruha basti) or an oil enema (anuvasana basti) to unblock and soothe the digestive system.
  • Prescribing Sitopaladi Churna, a churna made with a combination of several medicinal herbs and spices, chief among them being the Vamsa rochna.
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