The reason a “wet cough” is given that name is due to the presence of phlegm aka Mucus. The fasted way to get rid of mucus is to consume something that is opposite in nature. The Ayurvedic principles of treatment states that an illness must be treated with substances that are opposite in nature to the symptoms and vitiating factors responsible for the disease.
Mucus is heavy, moist, thick, sticky and slimy in nature. We need something that is light, dry, thin, and also hot in potency, eg. Turmeric & Clove.
1. A 3/4 glass of hot milk (almond, or raw milk that has been boiled), mixed with a half teaspoon of turmeric and a little rock candy or raw cane sugar, taken 2 times a day can rid you of a cough very fast.
2. 3-5 cloves crushed, with a little bit of honey, can be licked to reduce a wet cough very fast.
3. Inhaling steam of water mixed with a few drops of camphorated oil is also high effective in reducing congestion and mucus.
4. Licorice root is a powerful expectorant and can aid in liquefying and removing the excessive mucus.
5. Sesame oil, warmed and rubbed on the chest. Sit with it for 15 minutes, then take a hot shower and wash it off. The heat from the sesame oil helps to liquefy and expel mucus as well as relieve the cough reflex.
(Always use medicinal herbs under the supervision of a doctor)
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