Cold and cough in Ayurveda are treated in various ways depending upon the severity of the illness. Cough is a symptom of a respiratory infection. The Ayurvedic treatment of cold and cough in Ayurveda is aimed at treating the respiratory tract infection and preventing the aggravation of the situation. This is achieved by treating the basic pathology of the illness, i.e. the respiratory tract infection.
The most common types of Colds and Chews in Ayurveda are ginger and Cayenne pepper. These can be used either on their own or in combination with other herbal remedies. Ginger and Cayenne pepper is extremely effective when administered as supplements and in combination with other herbal remedies. When administered as supplements, they reduce the symptoms of cold and cough. Cayenne pepper also increases the immunity of the body and is thus used in Ayurvedic medicine especially in the treatment of athletes and people over 40 years of age.
Other herbs that are very useful in the treatment of Cough and Cold in Ayurveda include Amalaki, Arogya Vardhini, Varishata, Gandhak-Rasayan, Pippali, Chandraprabha, Punarnava, Suvarna Malini Vasant, Maha-Manjishthadi-Qadha, Saariva, Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Pippali (Piper longum), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Shiraz (ariousia speciosa), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Naagbala (Grewia hirsuta), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Patol (Tricosanthe dioica), Patha (Cissampelos pareira), Musta (Cyperus rotundus) and Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia).
It should be noted that all the above mentioned medicines can be used separately or combined as per the requirements of the patient. However, it is advisable to carry out a small-scale clinical trial before administering any medicine under the proper supervision of a trained medical practitioner.
There are several medicines which act on cough and cold in order to boost the immunity system of the body. These medicines include Abhrak Bhasma, Triphala Guggulu, Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Triphala Guggulu, Praval Bhasma, Shatavari Guggulu and Amalaki. These medicines are extremely useful in strengthening the lungs and enhancing the process of immunity. They also improve the immunity of the individual against infections and diseases.
These medicines form an important part of a nutritious diet. The most noteworthy advantage of these medicines is that they are free from any side effects and can be taken along with other medicines like Panchamrut and Laghu-Malini-Vasant.
Some of the most effective cough and cold remedies include Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), Pippali (Piper longum), Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Apamarga (Achyranthus aspera), Sahinjan (Moringa pterygosperma) and Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri). This article is provided for information purposes only. Please consult a doctor for treatment options and prescription medications in case of acute or chronic illness.
Ayurvedic medicines have been found effective in relieving cough and cold in children, in adults and in the elderly. It is also used to treat respiratory and circulatory diseases, such as colds and influenza. Medicines like Laghu-Malini-Vasant, Panchamrut-Parpati, Pippali, Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Bhrungraj (Eclipta alba) and Bruhat-Vat-Chintamani are used to reduce cough and cold in all patients with acute or chronic problems. To get maximum benefit, medicines should be taken with meals.