The Chinese treatment for a cough is unique. Instead of taking medicine, they use fruits and vegetables as a remedy. Try these recipes for coughing, especially in winter time. Coughing night and day can cause headaches for old and young.
In the early stage of a cough, don’t take cough syrup. The following recipes can also cure a cough with no need for medicine:
1. White radish and honey
When the body feels weak coupled with a cough, the cough will be prolonged and difficult to cure. This treatment works best when one has the following symptoms: heavy coughing, itchy throat, light phlegm accompanied by a headache, blocked or runny nose, fever.
White radish tastes pungent with a sweet and sour flavour; it can rectify qi and clear phlegm, moisten the throat and also stop the coughing. It also nourishes the kidneys and strengthens qi, relieving the cough. Honey’s sweet taste has the ability to reduce the urge to cough, soothe the lungs, and stop the cough.
It also soothes the intestines for a detoxification effect, and it is also good for the skin. Combining the two is the best recipe for curing a cough. Wash and peel a white radish, and cut it into small cubes. Take half a bottle of honey and pour it over the radish cubes.
It’s ready to use after two hours. Dilute one tablespoon of the mixture with some warm water and drink four to five times a day — the cough will be gone the next day
2. Apply a hot water bottle to the back
For a frequent cough with thin white phlegm accompanied by a blocked or runny nose with an itchy throat and feeling cold, wrap a hot water bottle in a thin towel and apply to the back of the body at the third thoracic vertebra of the spinal cord (upper middle of the back), located 1.5-inches from the lung acupoint, to relieve a cough caused by a severe cold. This is very effective.
3. The lily plant can soothe the lungs and stop a cough
This treats symptoms such as a recurrent cough, yellow phlegm accompanied by a dry mouth, sore throat, constipation, dark brown urine, body heat, and wheezing. The lily plant is good for reducing heat, soothing the lungs, and stopping the cough. Those with a severe cough can eat more of the lily plant every day.
There are many ways of eating varieties of the lily plant: lily porridge, steamed lily, and celery lily are good choices, while adding a little rock sugar has a better effect on the lungs.
4. Steamed rock sugar and pear juice
Pears can soothe your lungs, reduce heat, quench your thirst, and induce saliva. Together with rock sugar, it can cure dry lung coughing, i.e., a dry cough without phlegm accompanied by dry lips and a dry throat. This remedy is especially suitable for winter use.
Peel the pear, cut the top off, and use a ladle to dig out the core. Put rock sugar in the middle, replace the top, steam the pear for about 30 minutes, and then eat it. This is best repeated several times to be the most effective.
5. Poached egg with honey
Honey can clear a cough and it can be even more effective when eggs are added. Break the egg into boiling water, wait until it has slightly cooled, then add one teaspoon of honey, along with a few drops of sesame oil. Drink this on an empty stomach every day for 10 to 15 days to be effective.
If the cough is preventing sleep, eat a teaspoon of honey before going to bed, keeping the honey in the mouth and swallowing it slowly. This will reduce the cough while sleeping.
6. Sesame with rock sugar
Another remedy for coughing at night is to try sesame with rock sugar water. This soothes the lungs and induces saliva production. Make a simple tea with 15 grams of raw sesame seeds and 10 grams of rock sugar, and drink before bed. This is very effective for coughing at night. This remedy is better for a dry cough without phlegm.
The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources — and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be substituted for professional health care.
Translated by Lu AiZhu