Wet Cough (Bronchitis) – Natural Treatment


Bronchitis is a condition in which the bronchial tubes become inflamed.  This occurs due to infections (viral or bacterial), allergies, or irritants like smoke, dust, fumes, etc. Bronchitis is either acute or chronic – in this article, we will be discussing acute bronchitis, specifically, a wet cough. The reason a “wet cough” is given that name is due to the presence of phlegm aka mucus. The quickest way to get rid of mucus is to consume something that is opposite in physical nature.

Evidence-Based Remedies

1. Honey

Honey is known for its anti-inflammatory, mucolytic and anti-microbial properties. Multiple clinical studies have proven its efficacy in treating infections, gangrene, coughs, and wounds. In a clinical trial, a honey-based formula known as “Koflet” was found to have significant efficacy in treating respiratory illnesses including coughs (see study). Koflet is also sold as a lozenge.

In another clinical trial, Honey was found to be most favorably (when compared to dextromethorphan) for symptomatic relief in children’s nocturnal cough and sleep difficulty due to upper respiratory tract infections (see study)

2. Pelargonium Sidoides

This herb is also known as “South African Geranium” and is well known for its clinically-tested efficiency in treating respiratory conditions including the common cold, bronchitis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). In a clinical trial involving patients with acute bronchitis, Pelargonium Sidoides was found to be an effective treatment with good tolerability (see study).

3. Thyme

This herb is easily available and well studied for its anti-bacterial and anti-cancer properties. In clinical studies, Thyme has been found to be effective in treating rhinosinusitis, dysmenorrhea, muscle soreness, and bronchitis. In one clinical trial, Thyme combined with primrose root was found to be highly effective in reducing the symptoms of bronchitis and shorten the time it takes to recover (see study).

Home Remedies

1. A 3/4 glass of hot milk (almond, or A2 Milk), mixed with a 1 teaspoon of turmeric and a little honey or raw cane sugar, taken 2 times a day can rid you of a cough very fast. This is a remedy that I personally use and I have recommended it to many others in my practice.

2. 3-5 cloves crushed, with a little bit of honey, can be licked to reduce a wet cough very fast.

3. Inhaling the steam of water mixed with a few drops of camphorated oil is also highly effective in reducing congestion and mucus.

4. Licorice root is a powerful expectorant and can aid in liquefying and removing the excessive mucus. Avoid Licorice root if you have high blood pressure or issues with electrolyte imbalances.

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. This is the second remedy that I personally use and recommend to many others in my practice.

(Always use medicinal herbs under the supervision of a doctor)

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by Dr. Nishal R.
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