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Coughing is your body's way of eliminating foreign substances from the respiratory passages. There are many different types and causes of coughs so it is necessary to determine these factors to enable proper treatment. If your cough is producing mucous then follow the advice in the Colds section to avoid mucous-forming foods.

To help ease a coughing fit and soothe a sore throat try making the following drink. To hot water add lemon juice, manuka honey and freshly grated ginger - see Functional Foods for manuka honey.

SUPPLEMENTS TO SUPPORT THE IMMUNE SYSTEM:

There is much that can be done to support the immune system naturally for babies, children and adults - see Immune System and Immune System for Babies & Children

NATURAL PHARMACY:

See the Coughs & Colds section in the Family Pharmacy for all the remedies listed below.

For the immediate and effective relief of dry and irritating coughs try 'ImmunActin Throat Syrup' with elderberry, white willow and slippery elm, and 'ImmunActin Throat Spray' with olive leaf, elderberry and echinacea. 'Santaspina Syrup' is also indicated for dry and tickly coughs, and contains spruce and honey and is suitable for children over two years.

Propolis - produced by bees, this is a combination of tree resin, beeswax and enzymes used to protect the hive. It has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, and also contains bioflavonoids, powerful antioxidants that help to support the immune system. Propolis has a soothing and cooling action on the throat.

For adults the 'Fortacold Herbal Elixir' is designed to support the immune system during illness. For children over two years of age the 'Children's Natural Cough Elixir' combines natural Manuka Honey, Bee Propolis and Echinacea, in an alcohol-free formulation. This elixir is designed to pleasantly provide soothing temporary relief in a natural lemon and honey flavour and can be used to support the immune system.

Wild Cherry - wild cherry bark soothes tickly irritated coughs. 'Wild Cherry Syrup' is suitable for adults and children over 2 years of age.

Drosinula and Hedera - these are antispasmodic and expectorant and make 'Drosinula Syrup' useful for deep, racking, flemey coughs.

Lobelia - for adults and children over 12 years 'Lobelia Homeopathic Tincture' can help relieve a coughing attack. It sooths and relaxes the bronchial muscle, and helps to dislodge mucous. Traditionally used as an anti-spasmodic and expectorant and is best taken in homeopathic form.

NB. Use for emergencies and not for prolonged periods of time, and do not use if you are pregnant or diabetic.

Osha - known as the 'Indian Penicillin', osha has a long history of use in treating children's coughs and chest problems. 'Osha Syrup' also contains thyme and liquorice and is suitable from 2 years upwards.

Herbal Lozenges - there are a variety of natural lozenges designed to ease coughs and sore throats in the Family Pharmacy.

If your cough is persistent and is not improving see a professional homeopath or practitioner of radionics to go through your symptoms in detail.

NB. This information is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are unsure as to the suitability of any of the products or recommendations with regard to your condition please consult your doctor. If your doctor does not approve of complementary medicine it may be helpful to find one who does.

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