Natural therapies for cough, postnasal drip, whooping cough, and asmtha

16 Jun 2015 6:09 PM Natural therapies for cough, postnasal drip, whooping cough, and asmtha

Petries Cottage is a trusted Gold Coast Naturopath and is home to natural therapies and treatments, including for a cough. It’s not the cough where food has ‘gone down the wrong pipe’. It’s not the cough you have for a day or two with a cold or after a week from bronchitis or allergies... but it just won’t go away. Niggle, niggle , cough, cough.

Petries Cottage is a trusted Gold Coast Naturopath and is home to natural therapies and treatments, including for a cough.

It’s not the cough where food has ‘gone down the wrong pipe’. It’s not the cough you have for a day or two with a cold or after a week from bronchitis or allergies... but it just won’t go away. Niggle, niggle , cough, cough.

Coughing is part of the body’s natural defence to fight against disease. It expels, microbes, foreign particles and mucous from the lungs; hence protecting the lungs from infection and inflammation.

Types of coughs

The chronic cough - The cough that is often seen with acute colds is gone within a few days; whereas a chronic cough lingers 3-8 weeks or even longer. Often this cough triggers other problems like frustration and anxiety (from constant coughing); often thinking the worst case scenario – throat cancer. Coughing interrupts sleep leading to fatigue and lack of concentration to broken ribs even urinary incontinence. To find what is causing the cough is important.

Postnasal drip –  This is often seen post cold or flu, that constant tickle where mucous runs down the back of your throat and just won’t stop. Nauseousness can also be a symptom with mucous constantly sitting in the stomach. This mucous is commonly thin, watery and runny; dripping right down the back of your throat. A dry cough can be heard; more so at night when lying down.

Expectorant and lymphatic herbs are needed to help “stop the drip”. Dietary changes should be considered to stop the increased production of mucous. Try the old home remedy of inhaling steam using peppermint, eucalyptus or other decongestants.

Asthma – Wheezing and breathlessness are the usual symptoms, however a cough can be the only symptom at times. Cough variant asthma produces a dry cough during most of the day, particularly worst at night. Common triggers are allergens, dust, cold air and exercise.

Mild asthma can be treated with lung tonics and respiratory herbs to assist opening of the airways and decongesting of the lungs.

Whooping Cough – We are seeing more and more of whooping cough which is a contagious respiratory infection caused by bordetella pertussis. Whooping cough begins like a cold shortly followed by the characteristic lovely sound of a dry barking. The cough can continue even after the infectious period has ended (between 6-20 days). Your typical immune support especially high doses of garlic and vitamin C. Not to be taken lightly and consult your health partitioner.

Other cause of persistent cough:

  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • ACE inhibitors – blood pressure medication
  • Lung infections
  • Abnormal swallowing
  • Environmental irritants
  • Lung cancer
  • Stress

My favourite Herbs that help Coughs and lung related conditions.

  • Ivy
  • Echinacea
  • Wild Cherry
  • Pleurisy root
  • Mullien
  • Grindella
  • White horehound
  • Licorice (not the confectionary)
  • Marshmellow (not the white squishy ones)
  • Clivers

And the list goes on...

If you are worried about your persistent cough and have recently had a cold or flu then a naturopath is there best person to visit as there are varied and many herbs affectively treating, also helping symptomatically.