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Cough is an irritating symptom that happens for different reasons. It’s always important to consult your physician about the cause of coughing and get the needed treatment. While there are many medical treatments for cough, there are also natural remedies that would soothe it. Even when going natural, it’s important to ask a specialist to make sure it’s suitable for the case and to avoid any side effects. These are some natural remedies that would help calm your cough.
Natural Remedies to Reduce Coughing
- Anise and ivy leaves
- Saltwater gargle
Drinking water is one of the best remedies for cough relief. A cough patient should drink water frequently as it soothes the scratch of a cough and thins the mucus in the throat.
Anise and ivy leaves
There are some herbs that help in making your cough a short-term one. Two of the best herbs are anise and ivy leaves. It’s recommended to mix them together in a hot drink for better results. For kids, a mother can prepare it, leave it to cool down, then give it to them.
Although a saltwater gargle is known to be a sore throat remedy, it works well for coughs too. It thins mucus. To use it effectively, tip your head back, gargle, then spit the mixture out.
A teaspoon or two of honey may cut mucus production. Besides, honey kills germs. Don’t give it to children less than 12 months.
Thyme, especially when combined with ivy leaves, has shown effective results in relieving cough in a previous study. The study was conducted on patients suffering from acute bronchitis with productive cough. The study stated that oral treatment of acute bronchitis with the thyme-ivy combination for about 11 days was superior to placebo.
The mean reduction in coughing fits on days 7 to 9 relative to baseline was 68.7% under the thyme-ivy combination compared to 47.6 % under placebo (p < 0.0001). In the thyme-ivy combination group, a 50% reduction in coughing fits from baseline was reached 2 days earlier compared to the placebo group. The symptoms of acute bronchitis improved rapidly in both groups, but the regression of symptoms was faster and the responder rates (p < 0.0001) compared to placebo were higher at Visit 2 (83.0% vs 53.9%) and Visit 3 (96.2% vs. 74.7%) under the treatment of thyme-ivy combination.
If a raw dry throat is making you cough, moisture may help loosen the mucus, so you can cough it up. You can either try breathing in steam from a hot shower or use a humidifier or vaporizer in your room during sleeping. The steam can relieve the dryness of the nose and help get rid of the back-of-the-throat tickle. It’s important to check this with your doctor as in some allergic conditions steam is not recommended.