The EclecticPhysician

The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.

Coughs-

Coughs usually accompany colds and flu. They are not usually serious unless you have chest pain and/or you are coughing up green, yellow or brown mucous which may indicate a bacterial infection of the lungs or bronchial tubes (pneumonia or bronchitis. Coughs that accompany colds and flu are usually better in 3-5 days, along with the other symptoms. Spasmodic coughs that interfere with rest and sleep may need a cough suppressant prescribed by your health care provider. A chronic cough can be a symptom of chronic bronchitis, asthma, emphysema, heart failure or lung cancer. Any cough that persists for more than a week, especially if it is accompanied by a fever, production of green, yellow or brown mucous, difficulty breathing, wheezing or if you are coughing up blood, should be evaluated right away by your health care provider.

For a simple cough accompanying a cold or flu, follow the suggestions under colds and flu. Also increase your intake of hot liquids and use a vaporizer or humidifyer to moisturize the air to help liquify secretions and make them easier to expell.

Herbal treatment-
Mullein- contains mucilage which is soothing to the throat and lung passages and saponins which have an expectorant effect. Gentle and effective.
Liquid extract-1/2-1 teaspoon three- four times a day
Dry herb in capsules-500-1000 mg three- four times a day.
Other herbs- Licorice, Slippery Elm, Osha, Wild Cherry, Nasturtium, Grindelia, Horehound

* The information presented in this web site is intended to inform and educate. It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.

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