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Dry Cough Keeping you Awake? Find Relief with Ayurveda

By on August 6, 2016

Karan was often teased about his dry cough and called ‘Cough Karan’ by his peers in college.

He had a dry cough for 2 years, and often ignored it. But, ever since last week he had difficulty singing – his favorite hobby. He had developed nausea after food, frequent headaches and sleeplessness due to the severe cough. No amount of cough syrups seemed to help him. His elder sister noticed the tiredness and weakness in her brother and took him to her Ayurvedic doctor.

Ayurvedic Diagnosis –

After taking his case completely, the doctor diagnosed it as ‘Vataja Kasa’.

Curious, Karan wanted to know the reason for this peculiar cough he had developed. The Ayurvedic vaidya replied- “It isn’t peculiar anymore in places like the silicon city of Bangalore, these are the effects of the increasing pollution in the city. But there are other predisposing factors too. For example, exposure to smoke that is harmful and toxic. This includes cigarette smoking.”

Karan remembered the long hours he used to chat at the parking lot with his smoking friends. “But doctor what about the nausea after food? How did I develop that?”

“Well, intake of dry food or junk food irritates the throat. When this food lodges in the respiratory tract, the body forcibly tries to push it out. The suppression of vomiting is also a reason for this Vataja kasa (dry cough),” reasoned the doctor.

She went on to explain that ‘Vataja Kasa’, is a type of cough where there is no phlegm or no sputum production.

Causative Factors of the Dry Cough –

The causative factors explained vitiate the Prana Vayu and Udana Vayu (two of the 5 types of Vata which are held responsible for the respiration faculty of the body). This irritation is met with the forcible expulsion of air to remove the obstruction, but in turn inflames the respiratory tract and throat. That’s the reason for the thorny pricking sensation in the throat, and difficulty swallowing food. This hampers the immune system as well.

Doctor Recommendations –

After explaining the causative factors, the doctor prescribed some changes in Karan’s daily regimen. These included:

  • Avoid areas with irritants like dust or smoke.
  • Skip mosquito coils, incense, and other irritants.
  • Steer clear of junk food and spicy food.
  • Drink clean water.
  • Eat meals on a regular schedule and eat dinner before sunset.
  • Drink sweetened milk for instant relief.
  • Avoid sleeping in the day time and staying awake at night.
  • Use ghee, ginger, and milk regularly.
  • Exercise the lungs with Pranayama.

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Herbal Remedies for Dry Cough –

  • A lehya (lictus) prepared from Gooseberries (Emblica officinalis), Malabar nut (Adhothoda Vasica), long pepper (Piper longum), along with the kashaya (decoction) prepared from the ‘Ten Roots’(Dashamool).
  • Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) in the form of lozenges to reduce the vitiated Vata and heal the inflammation.
  • Chew dry grapes which also work as lozenges.
  • Drink tea from Tulsi leaves, ginger, and honey.
  • Cut a piece of ginger, sprinkle salt and chew on it for a few times.
  • Drink a glass of warm milk with honey just before going to bed to relieve night time coughs.
  • Turmeric powder mixed with honey taken 2 or 3 times per day is an effective remedy.

Results –

Within weeks of treatment Karan was feeling much better. His appetite was better and his singing practice was in full spree.

Dr. Puneeth Kumar Padmanabhan and Dr. Sanmathi P. Rao practice at Sriranga Ayurvedic Centre: 148/12 27th Cross, 6th Block, Jayanagar, Bengaluru- 560070, Phone: 9060610108

Dr. Puneeth Kumar Padmanabhan & Dr. Sanmathi. P. Rao, a young and dynamic Ayurveda couple are from Bangalore, Karnataka. Hailing from an Ayurvedic family, the authenticity of Ayurveda has been maintained in their practice.

Dr. Puneeth Kumar Padmanabhan is a graduate of Ayurveda from the Govt. Ayurvedic Medical College in Bangalore and is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Kaya Chikitsa from Sri Kalabyreshwara Ayurveda Medical College. He also holds a MA degree in Sanskrit, and has served as a lecturer and physician at Atreya Ayurveda Medical College.

Dr. Sanmathi P. Rao graduated in Ayurveda from Govt Ayurvedic Medical College in Bangalore and pursued her Masters Degree in Rasashastra. She also holds a Masters in Counseling and Psychotherapy, and a YIC in Yoga. She has been trained under her mother Dr. Shubhankari P Rao and practices with her in their Ayurvedic infertility center, ‘Shubha Ayurvedic Centre’ in Bangalore.

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About Dr. Puneeth Kumar Padmanabhan

Dr. Puneeth Kumar Padmanabhan is a graduate of Ayurveda from the Govt. Ayurvedic Medical College in Bangalore and is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Kaya Chikitsa from Sri Kalabyreshwara Ayurveda Medical College. He also holds a MA degree in Sanskrit, and has served as a lecturer and physician at Atreya Ayurveda Medical College.

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