Homeopathic remedies for colds and coughs
Common colds, coughs, and flu seem to be simple seasonal health conditions, yet these are not like that, knocking you down with their severity. The nastiness of these monsoon ailments can be experienced, especially by those facing these seasonal blues. A running nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, sore throat, headache, fever, and uneasiness accompany coughs, colds, and flu. The efficacy of homoeopathic medicines increases manifolds when they are prescribed by correctly knowing the symptoms. Because of their precision remedial role, homoeopathic medicines are widely used in treating coughs and colds. Homeopathy medicines are made from natural substances and have almost no side effects.
What are the symptoms of colds and coughs?
- Running nose
- Nasal Congestion and stuffiness
- Mild Fever
- Muscular pain
- Sore and scratchy throat
What are the causes of common cold?
- Extremely heated or chilled
- Transmission of the virus through saliva, air, cough, surfaces, blood, needles, etc.
Coughs and cold complications
- Excessive body pain
- Severe ear infection
- Asthmatic attack
- Respiratory tract infections
15 homoeopathy medicines for acute cold and cough
- Aconite: Sudden attacks of cold and cough after exposure to freezing weather of winter or intense hot weather of summer. The medicine is most suitable to take as soon as the complaints start.
- Ars.alb: The medicine is used with symptoms like watery discharge, sneezing, burning sensation in nostrils, weakness, restlessness, and increased thrust.
- Allium cepa: Allium cepa should be used for symptoms like acrid (irritating) nasal discharge but bland (non-irritating) tears and sneezing; it is better in the open air.
- Euphrasia: bland (Non-irritating) nasal discharge but acrid (irritating) tears.
- Justicia a.: Common cold with cough, sneezing, tightness of chest, hoarse voice, constipation, worse in a closed room, and better in the open air.
- Sambucus n. : Nose blocked without nasal discharge in children, wake up at night frequently.
- Cassia s.: Thin, watery, nasal discharge with sneezing, better from warmth.
- Nux vom. : Chilliness, nose blocked, cold, often alternate sides, better in the open air.
- Rhus tox. : Common cold after getting wet, with feverish feeling and body ache.
- Sabadilla: Profuse watery discharge with severe sneezing, suited for children with worm trouble.
- Belladonna: Dry cough with red face, eyes, sore throat.
- Hyoscyamus: Dry cough with tickling in throat, worse on lying down, better by sitting up.
- Causticum: Cough with dryness, hoarseness, and rawness in throat; relieved by cold drinks and involuntary urination while coughing.
- Drosera: Whooping cough, violent, paroxysmal, long bouts of cough ending with a whopping sound, worse towards midnight, and lying down. Could you give a single dose only?
- Cocculus: Cough with thick ropy expectoration, worse in the morning on waking.
10 Natural home remedies for quick cold and cough relief
- The patient should take adequate rest.
- Drink more and more water, including other natural fluids. Liquids help to thin the mucus in the throat and make it easier to cough it up.
- In the winter season, it is better to stay at home to avoid cold exposure.
- Inhale steam for at least five minutes; in chronic cases, one may also use Vicks for better and quicker results.
- Cover yourself adequately from top to bottom.
- Gargling with warm salt water is beneficial.
- Do Jal Neti and Sutra Neti (Nasal cleansing yogic processes). It helps to clear the nasal passage and also removes dirt and germs.
- Give more and more weightage to vitamin C and citrus fruits.
- Hot chicken soup is also recommended.
- Taking honey regularly also helps to prevent coughs, colds, and flu.
Cold, cough and flu prevention tips
- Wash your hands properly after nose wiping.
- Also, wash your hands before eating food and after the toilet.
- If you come across disinfectant, wash the touched part.
- A mother who feeds her kid’s breast milk is known to protect against respiratory infections even years after breastfeeding.
- Drink plenty of water to balance and smooth the functioning of the immune system.
- It is suggested to keep away from the infected person.
- Don’t smoke, and also stay away from passive smoking.
- If you have seasonal allergies like hay fever, stay indoors during the days when airborne allergens are high. If possible, keep the windows closed and use an air conditioner.
- Avoid fans that draw in air from outdoors.
- Shower and change your clothes after being outside.
- Avoid exposure to dust, air pollution, airborne allergens, pets, and other triggers that you know you are allergic to.
When to consult a doctor
- Symptoms worsen or do not improve after 3 or 4 days.
- Pain and discharge from the ear could mean that the infection is getting worse.
- On experiencing shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing
- If the cough is accompanied by blood.
- If there is thick, foul-smelling, yellowish-green phlegm, which indicates bacterial infections.
- If you have a history of heart disease.
- If the cough lasts longer than 10-14 days.
- If the child is younger than three months.