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Natural Remedy To Stop Coughing
Cough & homeopathy: Acute cough can respond to correctly prescribed homeopathic remedies; there are hundreds. Here are a few: bryonia alba: cough develops over 2-3 days, & is dry, hard, & painful. Worse from any movement. Drosera: violent fits of hard coughing with choking -- can barely breathe when coughing. Coccus cacti: cough w/choking on thick, stringy mucus. Constant clearing the throat; worse w/cold drinks. ...Read more
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
Home remedies: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: It depends on the cause of the cough. Most acute coughs are due to viral infections, but coughs can also be caused by allergies, tuberculosis, cancer etc. Presuming you are talking about an acute infection, my favorite treatments are the herb pellargonium sidoides (sold as umcka) & homeopathy. A good article on homeopathy for coughs is http://homeopathyplus.Com.Au/coughs-and-how-to-treat-them/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Time: There really isn't a way to "cure" a cold because it's caused by a virus. Your body will kill it off within 7-14 days. You can help with the symptoms in many ways. Raw honey can help with cough and sore throat. Nasal saline spray or neti-pot can help with the nasal congestion symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm trying to quit smoke, what natural remedies exist to control the cravings and to help me detoxified faster? I want natural things only.
Find cause first: First define the problem (do you have soft or frequent stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea developed (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, food intolerances, stressful times, exposure to ill individuals, food poisoning, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, etc.), severity (stool volume, dehydration, blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), & duration. The "cure" depends on diagnosis. ...Read more
Buckwheat honey: Actually studied not too long ago, buckwheat honey when compared to typical over the counter (otc) cough medicine was found to be as good, if not better than these cough syrups. As always, infants under one year of age should not be given honey due to spores sometimes found within honey that could potentially cause botulism. ...Read more
Don't be foolish: Asthma is a significant disease with major morbidity and mortality. There are multiple double blind placebo controlled studies of various asthma therapies with national and international treatment guidelines. Don't waste your money nor risk your health and life, skip the health food store and get to your doctor or asthma specialist. ...Read more
What's the best way to treat a cough and sinus cold? Been using abuterol no help. Any home remedies that can help?
Antihistamines..: Dust/pollens/allergens are trapped to the inside of your nose as you breath and there they can cause allergic symptoms..Thus cleaning them out will help reduce your symptoms. Good air-filter can help. If needed, antihistamine meds such as benadryl, (diphenhydramine) zyrtec, claritin, bromphiramine etc...Are decent allergies meds and can help dry out your nose and reduces sneezing etc...Consult doc..Good luck. ...Read more
Besides teas what other foods can help me rid of this cold quicker. Any suggestions for home remedies?
Home remedies: Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a netti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more
Natural: Consider nasal saline or better yet- use a netti pot. ...Read more
Many: While there are many over-the-counter remedies that are used for treatment of insomnia, the best prevention is to have a good sleep schedule (also called sleep hygiene). Go to bed and get up as close to the same time as possible, do not drink caffeinated products or alcohol at night if possible and sleep in a cool, comfortable environment free from light and sounds. A good bed doesn't hurt either. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No quick fix: Forget "natural" / "pop" remedies. The stuff that works -- topical benzoyl peroxide, topical / systemic vitamin A analogues, topical / systemic antibiotics -- are all nature's gifts. Acne isn't curable but if you work hard, using your physician as needed, you can keep on top of it until it remits on its own. ...Read more
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