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
It is highly recommended to take this paste after/with meals and to avoid taking it close to other medications. (Read Does Turmeric cause acid reflux? Black pepper in GP: Does it cause drug interaction?) Here is the recipe.
When making Golden paste, use good quality turmeric powder prepared by reputed manufacturers to avoid adulterated products. Here are some good brands.
If you have an option of buying raw turmeric, you can do that as well. You can also make Golden Paste from fresh roots.
Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose by ¼ teaspoon every week. Continue till reach a dose of 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day (precisely 1 tsp 3 times a day).
If you plan to take turmeric supplements, please consult your health practitioner about the same. The general recommended dosage is 300-500mg 1-2 times a day for 95% curcuminoids supplements. The dosage can differ based on the formulation.
You can check our post on Best Turmeric/Curcumin Supplement Brands for more details.
Supplements should not be taken on an empty stomach and close to the time of taking other medicines. Consult a health practitioner prior to taking turmeric supplements.
Turmeric in diet is absolutely safe. Turmeric supplements should be taken with care. (Read Side effects of Turmeric)
If you are taking blood thinners, turmeric supplements should be avoided. Turmeric can be included in diet in small doses. If suffering from a bleeding disorder consult a doctor and herbalist or naturopath before taking turmeric. (Read Is turmeric a Blood Thinner? Will it increase Bleeding Risk?)
Turmeric supplements should be avoided in case of pregnancy and lactation. Discontinue use of turmeric supplements 2 weeks prior to surgery.
Turmeric supplements should be avoided in case of gall bladder obstructions. (Should you take turmeric if you have gallstones?)
Turmeric may interact with certain medications like stomach acid reducing drugs, diabetes medications, blood thinners. Avoid taking turmeric supplements at the same time as medicines.
Consult a health practitioner before taking turmeric supplements.
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! 🙂