Every one of us has suffered from cough sometime or other. It is a common condition in cold weather.
In this article, we highlight what basically is a cough and how turmeric can be used to treat it (home remedies / ayurvedic remedies).
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Benefits of Turmeric in Cough
Turmeric is a go-to medicinal herb used in India for centuries. To maintain body health in general, our ancestors formulated ways to take turmeric as a part of our daily life. Turmeric with milk is the first treatment for cough and throat infection in Indian households, and even scientific evidence proves the same. It helps in reducing inflammation, throat infection, and in managing allergies. Turmeric acts as an immunomodulatory agent and helps in maintaining lung health.
Helps in treating cough
Turmeric is used to treat cough and other bronchial inflammation.
What it means: Turmeric helps in reducing infection and also in managing common issues such as cough.
Helps in reducing inflammation
The Journal Mediators of Inflammation published a study involving mice.
What it means: Scientific studies proved the efficacy of curcumin as an anti-inflammatory compound. It can help in reducing airway inflammation.
Benefits in lung health
It is suspected that bacteria also cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease besides cigarette smoking.
In a mouse model, the inclusion of curcumin in the diet inhibits intrinsic and extrinsic inflammation in the lungs.
What it means: Turmeric helps in maintaining the overall health of the lungs by lowering inflammation and controlling signal pathways.
Helps in managing allergies
Allergy induced airway problems include sneeze, cough, inflammation, and airway hyper-responsiveness (AHR).
In an invitro mice model study, induced airway problems were treated with the administration of curcumin.
It is found that turmeric helps in reducing AHR, and it may help in attenuating asthma.
What it means: Turmeric helps in controlling the symptoms of allergies, such as sneeze, cough, and mucus secretion.
It is also found that in low doses, it enhances antibody action.
What it means: Curcumin contains many healing properties that help in maintaining various aspects of bodily health, and it helps in increasing immunity.
Using Turmeric for Cough
Here is how you can use turmeric for cough –
- Cough associated with running nose can be relieved by drinking hot water mixed with turmeric.
- Smoke emitting from burnt turmeric serves as a strong expectorant.
- Chronic cold and cough can be relieved by keeping a small piece of turmeric in mouth all-night.
- Roast the turmeric root and ground it into powder. Take about 1-2 gm of this roasted turmeric powder along with honey thrice a day to obtain relief from dry persistent cough.
- Mix 1-2 tsp of pure curcumin powder in warm milk, mix thoroughly. Using this concoction twice a day offers relief from cough in just two days. This remedy works better for cough caused by bacteria.
- Add pure turmeric powder to boiling water and inhale the vapors. This relieves cough as well as sinus congestion. Covering you with a blanket while inhaling vapors aids in easy inhalation of the vapors.
Turmeric for Chronic Cough
If cough problems are not treated for a long time, they become chronic.
Chronic cough is a difficult situation for the patient as there is no relief from the coughing, even a sound sleep is not possible in this case. It also leads to tiredness and stressing for the patient.
Turmeric can be useful in treating chronic cough too. Here is how you can prepare a turmeric cough remedy at home:
- Take 1 gm of roasted turmeric powder and keep it within betel leaf and 0.25 gms of Javakhar (Potassii carbons). Keep this in the patient’s mouth and ask him to keep sucking it gradually. This should be done twice a day – one in the morning and another after dinner.
- Apart from the above, the patient should be given goat milk along with turmeric. The way to prepare this milk is – add turmeric powder to milk and then boil it. Allow it to cool down and then drink it. Note: turmeric should be added while boiling the milk and not after it.
One very important part of Ayurveda is diet-related restrictions based on the disease. In the case of chronic cough, the patient should avoid oily and spicy food.
Also, he should not overeat. Foods such as dates, papaya, wheat flour-based food, etc. should be taken.
Precautions to be followed while using turmeric for cough
- Make sure that turmeric does not fall down as it discolors the surfaces permanently.
- Avoid using curry powder for turmeric as it contains very little amount of turmeric.
- Choose curcumin powder from reputed manufacturers to avoid adulterated products. If you have an option of buying raw turmeric do that. It is not tough to make a powder out of it. Here are some good brands>
- Use organic turmeric if that is available
Who Should Avoid Turmeric?
Turmeric as a spice is very safe but if you plan to take turmeric supplements to be careful. Supplements are not recommended when you are pregnant.
In the end..
Turmeric provides several benefits if you have a cough – both directly and indirectly. It is easy to consume and is very safe to use.
Just make sure you buy good quality turmeric! 🙂