How to treat a cough
A cough can be caused by many things. Below are a few of them:
ACE Inhibitors are a classic
As a place of comprehensive wellness, Navigator focuses on finding the underlying cause of your cough and addressing this as well as appropriately treating the symptoms. Since the overwhelming etiology of bronchitis is viral infection, it is important to NOT take antibiotics until absolutely necessary. Call or come see me EARLY so that we can alter the course of your illness and avoid stormy weather.
Here are my recommendations for a healthy way to reduce your symptoms of coughing:
My preference is a local honey as a lot of cough is due to allergens in our air. Local bees will process the flowers and pollen and allergens in such a way that their honey allows us to create immunity to them.
It is as effective in studies as OTC Dextromethorphan
Honey and Lemon
Black pepper and honey
Marshmallow (not that kind!) tea
Root and flowers of the Althaea officinalis
Also, comes in a capsule form
Flavonoids relax muscles in bronchioles and lessen inflammation
Contains Glycyrrhizin which is decreases inflammation
Avoid if on steroids or have kidney problems
Gargle with salted water
Tea as above
Peppermint oil in steaming cup of water and inhale slowly
Pineapple fruit or juice
Avoid if on blood thinners
May increase antibiotics concentrations, but we DON’T want to be on antibiotics anyway!
Steam therapy – mix these oils into a hot bowl of water and stir and then inhale the vapors
Tea tree oil
When you are sick and have a fever you breathe more rapidly.
With each breath, you lose water vapor
Each time you cough or sneeze, this is exacerbated
Increasing your fluids will keep the mucus loose and easier to expectorate
Lactobacillus helps to loosen mucus, but avoid milk as it makes it worse
Helps to keep the gut flora healthy and boost your immunity
Please refer to my other healthy tips in Navigation Aids