5 Natural Home Remedies for Acute Coughs
Recently, new guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Public Health England (PHE), on the best ways to treat acute short-term coughs, suggested that we ought to be reaching for the kitchen cupboard, not the medicine cabinet.
The evidence supporting the new guidelines showed that honey could be effective at reducing the symptoms of acute coughs, including how persistent the cough was and how severe their cough was.
Dr Susan Hopkins, of Public Health England, said:
“Antibiotic resistance is a huge problem and we need to take action now to reduce antibiotic use. Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk of developing infections which in turn cannot be easily treated.
These new guidelines will support GPs to reduce antibiotic prescriptions and we encourage patients to take their GP’s advice about self-care."
In light of this new research, we've compiled a list of five all-natural remedies you can try at home...
In the study, honey appeared to be as effective as a common cough suppressant ingredient, dextromethorphan, in typical over-the-counter doses. Given that honey is inexpensive and widely available in almost all UK supermarkets, it's a more cost effective solution than medicines. To use honey to treat a cough, mix two teaspoons with warm water. Drink this mixture once or twice daily.
Ginger may ease a dry or asthmatic cough, as it has anti-inflammatory properties. It may also relieve nausea and pain.
One US study suggests that some anti-inflammatory compounds in ginger can relax membranes in the airways, which could reduce coughing.
This enzyme found only in the stem and fruit of pineapple suppresses coughsby loosening the mucus in your throat. According to Healthline, to reap the benefits of pineapple and bromelain, eat a slice of pineapple or drink 3.5 ounces of fresh pineapple juice three times a day to relieve symptoms.
According to Reader's Digest, thyme is an officially approved German cough treatment. Those tiny green leaves are packed with cough-suppressant compounds.
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts promoted as having various health benefits.
They're usually added to yoghurts or taken as food supplements, and are often coined as 'friendly' bacteria. Probiotics have long-touted been a remedy for digestive health. While they do not directly relieve a cough, they may boost the immune system by balancing the bacteria in the gut.