Published: 03/08/2015 - Updated: 05/18/2018
Author: MSc. Miriam Reyes
Coughs aren’t anything “bad”, like we usually think of then, but just a normal and protective reflex that the body has when facing certain circumstances. A strong, dry cough is known as an irritative cough, and does not produce phlegm or mucous (expectoration). It is recognizable because this type of cough is hard and could create severe and prolonged severe coughs. Dry coughs generally appear during upcoming colds, or when foreign bodies invade the pharynx or larynx. Certain medications could also create a dry cough as a secondary effect.
Causes of a dry cough
- Low defenses due to stress or exhaustion
- Lung diseases, such as bronchitis or laryngitis
- Some allergies
- Talking a lot, tired and exhausted throat and voice box muscles
- Larynx or pharynx obstruction
- Throat inflammation
- In winter, this generally occurs more frequently perhaps due to abrupt temperature changes between hot and cold, or due to a lack of moisture in the air.
- Emotional causes: exhaustion, stress and lack of sleep could unleash a dry cough. Feelings “strangled” by several activities or responsibilities. Another cause is having doubts regarding which path to follow, prolonged doubt could create a lot of stress in the throat area.
Some symptoms accompanying dry cough could be: sneezing, sore throat, hoarseness or breathlessness. This is considered acute when lasting less than three weeks, and chronic when it is longer than these 3 weeks.
Naturally treat dry coughs
If you have a dry cough and you want to quickly cure yourself, and also make your body stronger to prevent it from happening again, just follow these remedies:
- Prepare a ginger syrup, which is one of the most powerful and effective remedies for these types of coughs. It has potent anti-inflammatory properties, and when combined with lemon, it has vitamin C, making an even stronger cleanser. Ginger syrup is prepared in the following fashion: cut a piece of fresh ginger the size of your thumb, well-washed and disinfected, and place it in a blender with half a glass of water, and the juice from 4 juicy lemons. Add 5 tablespoons of agave nectar or honey. Blend well and place in a jar. Sip throughout the day, chewing the ginger to help reduce throat inflammation.
- Try to relax. Find areas to rest and not do anything. If your cough is very strong, give yourself one or two consecutive days of rest and try to think about what things are difficult for you to change, or perhaps where your repressed anger or frustration lies. Coughing is just one form of expression, it’s like “barking” at the work about the things that you shut off. Repressed or very controlled rage could also cause dry cough, which is why it’s important that you be at peace with others and find ways to solve yoru anger, starting wtih not expecting anything from others, nor trying to change them.
- Eat sliced oranges before breakfast. This is a super effective remedy for helping heal your throat because when you swallow the slices, it heals the throat. Oranges are also rich in Vitamin C, prepare a juice with them to drink mid-day, with a guava, and increase your defenses.
- Avoid sugar and fatty foods, especially cow’s milk and all of its derivatives. This only creates toxins in the body.
- Ginger tea with lemon is another perfect remedy for night. You will sleep much better with these two ingredients. Just boil water and add a few pieces of fresh ginger and the juice from 2 lemons. Sweeten with honey or agave nectar.
- Drink at least two liters of fresh water a day and add one tablespoon of liquid chlorophyll to it.
- Pineapple, guava, broccoli, carrots, alfalfa and aloe should be prevalent for the time being in your diet.
- Avoid talking for the time being. Your throat needs a vacation! So turn off your phone and talk as little as possible. Silence is also great for reflecting on things that might make your feel unmotivated or angry. Remember that being alone nourishes the spirit a lot and helps us to see things that we don’t see when we talk too much. Some say that the best way of not saying anything is to talk too much, so talk less and say more. You’ll notice that your throat won’t have the daily stress of so many words.
Revised by: Dra. Loredana Lunadei on 05/18/2018
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