Ayurvedic Treatment for Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

Medical Name: Pertussis

What is the Whooping Cough ?

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) is a bacterial infection of the lungs which is caused by a bacterium Bordetella pertussis. It is a very contagious disease which causes coughing with little or no fever. The coughing may be so severe that it leads to vomiting and aspiration.

This infection is usually begins with a cold and a mild cough and effects the respiratory tract and the lungs. After that the disease eventually converts to severe coughing and many persons make a whoop sound after the person breathes in after coughing. Initially when there was no vaccination available to cure whooping cough, almost three out of every four children who suffered from the disease, died. Now today the condition has improved a lot and only a few people suffer from whooping cough.

Pertussis may occur to any person at any age, but it is very common in un immunized infants under one year age. So early immunization to small children is very important (usually at age of 1 or 2 months), as it can help to prevent very serious disease to occur in small babies.

It is now believed that adults who had been given vaccination when they were child, and their vaccinations are no longer effective and whose symptoms are less diagnostic may be the carriers for whooping cough, so they must be given a booster vaccination at age of 11- 12 years, so as to help them to fight from the disease properly.

Common symptoms of Whooping Cough are:

1) Runny Nose.

2) Sneezing.

3) Mild Cough.

4) Mild Fever - or no fever at all in early stages.

5) Sore Throat.

6) Tears.

7) Tiredness.

8) Loss of Appetite.

9) Night Cough.

Herbal Remedies for the treatment of Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

Medical Name: Pertussis

Aloe Vera Juice - Mix equal parts of aloe vera juice and honey and take a tablespoon or two before you suspect an attack for whooping cough. Good for a smoker's cough.

Alfalfa Leaves - Alfalfa leaves have wonderful healing powers that can prevent heart disease, lower cholesterol and help prevent strokes, overall helping to prevent whooping cough.

Comfrey - Take a comfrey tea for dry persistent coughs.

Caution : It should not be taken for long term use as it may cause liver damage.

Almond Oil - Almond oil is also a good remedy for curing pertussis. Mix Five drops of almond oil with ten drops of fresh white onion juice and ginger juice. This mixture can be taken three times a day.

Honey - Add a tablespoon of honey to a glass of boiling water and drink as needed. This will give a soothing effect to the throat and will help to cure whooping cough fast.

Ginger - 10ml of ginger juice with equal quantity of honey may provide relief to whooping cough, you may take it two times daily.

Calamus - A pinch of the powder of the roasted calamus can be given with a teaspoon of honey. This will provide relief in whooping cough to the patient. Being antispasmodic, it prevents severe bouts of coughing. For smaller children, the dose must be proportionately smaller.

Licorice Root - Take 5 grams of Licorice Root and powder it. This can be taken three times daily with honey. You can also make a decoction by using ½ teaspoon of powdered root to one cup of water, and drink three cups daily.

Licorice Root gives soothing to your throat and contains anti-inflammatory properties, and is an expectorant. Do not use if you have high blood pressure.

Castor Oil - You may take castor oil by mixing it with cow's milk. This will help you treat whooping cough fast.

Onion: A syrup prepared by combining 1 tablespoon raw onion juice with 1 tablespoon of honey is very beneficial for curing whooping cough. Take 1 teaspoon of it daily.

Cough Home Remedy

Cough treatment using Grapes

Grapes are one of the most effective home remedies for the treatment of a cough. Grapes tone up the lungs and act as an expectorant, relieving a simple cold and cough in a couple of days. A cup of grape juice mixed with a teaspoon of honey is advised for cough relief.

Cough treatment using Almonds

Almonds are useful for dry coughs. Seven kernels should be soaked in water overnight and the brown skin removed. They should then be ground well to form a fine paste. A quantity of twenty grams each of butter and sugar should then be added to the paste. This paste should be taken in the morning and evening.

Cough treatment using Onion

The use of raw onion is valuable in a cough. This vegetable should be chopped fine and the juice extracted from it. One teaspoon of the juice should then be mixed with one teaspoon of honey and kept for four or five hours-it will make an excellent cough syrup and should be taken twice daily. Onions are also useful in removing phelgm. A medium-sized onion should be crushed, the juice of one lemon added to it, and then one cup of boiling water poured on it. A teaspoon of honey can be added for taste. This remedy should be taken two or three times a day.

Cough treatment using Turmeric

The root of the turmeric plant is useful in a dry cough. The root should he roasted and powdered. This powder should be taken in three gram doses twice daily, in the morning and evening.

Cough treatment using Belleric Myroblan

The herb belleric myroblan is a household remedy for a cough. A mixture comprising two grams of the pulp of the fruit, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of long pepper, and 2 teaspoons of honey should be administered for the treatment of this condition twice daily. The dried fruit covered with wheat flour and roasted , is another popular remedy for cough condition.

Cough treatment using Raisins

A sauce prepared from raisins is also useful in a cough. This sauce is prepared by grinding 100 gm of raisins with water. About 100 gm of sugar should be mixed with it and the mixture heated. When the mixture acquires a sauce-like consistency, it should be preserved. Twenty grams should be taken at bedtime daily.

Cough treatment using Aniseed

Aniseed is another effective remedy for a hard dry cough with difficult expectoration. It breaks up the mucus. A tea made from this spice should be taken regularly for treating this condition.

Dietaries for Cough

Cough : Home Remedies suggested by users

Orange juice and water

In the case of a severe cough, the patient should fast on orange juice and water till the severity is reduced. The procedure is to take the juice of an orange diluted in a cup of warm water, every two hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

All-fruit diet

After the juice fast, the patient should adopt an all-fruit diet for two or three days. In case of a mild cough, the patient can begin with an all-fruit diet for five to seven days, taking three meals a day of fresh juicy fruits such as apples, pears, grapes, grape-fruit, oranges, pineapples, peaches, and melons. For drinks, unsweetened lemon water, or cold or hot plain water may be given.

Well-balanced diet with emphasis on wholegrain cereals, lightly cooked vegetables

After the all-fruit diet, the patient should follow a well-balanced diet, with emphasis on wholegrain cereals, raw or lightly cooked vegetables, and fresh fruits.

Avoid tea, coffee, refined and processed foods

The patient should avoid meats, sugar, tea, coffee, condiments, pickles, refined and processed foods. He should also avoid soft drinks, candies, ice-cream, and all products made from sugar and while flour.

Other Cough treatments

Warm-water enema

While the cough is severe, a warm-water enema should be used daily to cleanse the bowels.