It seems weird to talk about cough and its treatment. But honestly, the patient who suffers from cough for long time will be ready to do anything to get rid of the cough. Because the reflex of cough, disturbs the whole system. And can lead to serious conditions too, if not treated properly. Here we will discuss about perspective of Ayurveda about chronic cough. Along with that we will discuss the details about Ayurveda Treatment of chronic cough.
Cough is chronic if it lasts more than four weeks in children and more than eight weeks in adults. Coughing is no doubt, routine bodily function. It is a little uncomfortable but serves an essential purpose in cleaning your airways. It brings out foreign material and mucus from your airways that may irritate your lungs. However, coughing may also be the response to illness or inflammation. Most of the cough is a symptom of common cold, and you feel better after a few days and a week. However, in some cases, cough lingers up for several weeks on months or even years. If it lasts for an extended period, it becomes annoying, gets in the way of everyday life, and deprives you of your social and professional life.
According to the expression, chronic cough is of different types. And these types coincide with Ayurveda too. When we go for ayurveda treatment of chronic cough, these subtypes are used to select the medicines.
Every subtype has different treatment. Below you can check the relation of the ayurvedic subtypes.
1. Dry cough – In persistent or chronic dry cough, no mucus is produced. But there is irritation to the throat and lungs. A dry cough is usually a sign of viral infection or sinus issues.
2. Wet cough – A chronic wet cough produces sputum or mucus. The colour of the sputum indicates if there is a bacterial infection or it is a case of fluid in the lungs.
3. Barking cough – This type of cough is seen in children. It is associated with croup or other viral diseases. Swollen trachea (the windpipe) produces the barking sound in croup cough.
4. Stress cough – When the airways are under stress, it creates a reflexive spasm that causes stress cough. Stress cough produces no mucus and is not associated with any infection.
5. Whooping cough – When a cough produces a whooping sound, it is an indication of some serious infection. Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease. Under babies less than one year of age, it may prove to be deadly. The doctor should evaluate it as soon as possible.
Cough is not a disease, but itself a sign of some underlying disease. Other symptoms that accompany include:
A chronic cough may also cause:
If chronic cough accompanies symptoms discussed below, call your doctor immediately:
A variety of factors causes chronic cough. Common causes include:
Coughing is a way of our body to keep unwanted foreign bodies and microbes from entering into the lungs. It also removes extra mucus from the airways. However, smoking, lung infection, sinus problems, COPD, and other lung diseases such as asthma results in excessive mucus production that irritate the airways. With time, it leads to inflammation and chronic cough.
Because chronic cough represents the different complicated conditions, therefore Ayurveda talks about this in detail. The condition of chronic cough is described as- Kaas. Where Ayurveda talks about the treatment and all related details of this condition.
Ayurveda talks about certain signs which appear before the cough. Because when we have knowledge of these symptoms these helps in controlling the condition. So this primary detail is important to know. These symptoms are-
These are common symptoms, which appear before the condition of cough. Rest of the symptoms vary according to the subtypes.
Here we need to know about the subtypes now.
Because Vata is aggravated in this subtype. Therefore this is known as Vataja Kasa.
Hence, we have the dry cough and whooping cough here under this category.
The pitta aggravates and causes this subtype. So this condition we call as Pittaja Kasa. Here are the symptoms-
According to symptoms, this condition correlates with – eosinophilic cough and GERD.
Aggravated Kapha dosha causes the cough. So we know it as Kaphaja Kasa. And symptoms are-
So according to the symptoms this condition relates to the wet cough.
These three subtypes of cough in ayurveda are according to the doshas. But the rest two are according to the causes.
When a person does some physical-strenuous exercise- one need to hold the breath. And when this strain is maximum on the lungs. This leads to the damage to the airways. Because Kshata means- damage, therefore this subtype where we consider the damage to the lung tissue is known as kshataja kasa.
The symptoms are-
Because of the nature of disease this condition is “serious”. And needs immediate care for the patient.
Kshaya means- decay. Because this cough happens due to decay in the body.
So we have detailed descriptions of the chronic cough from the Ayurveda books. And these details are enough to assure about the ayurvedic treatment of cough.
The big play in the treatment of the cough, a simple looking condition is- proper diagnosis. When you cough a lot and it is dry, you might feel this is just a cough. But it might be Sjogren’s Syndrome. The hoarseness of voice along with dry cough tries to tell us something. We need to look at things in a better way!
This is where Ayurveda treatment specializes.
Before doing the Ayurveda treatment the proper diagnosis is a must. When we have a proper classification of the disease. It becomes easy to treat the cough.
When it is dry, we need to make the system unctuous. So that the cough can disappear for the rest of your life. And when it is about excessive phlegm we need to increase dryness.
Without diagnosing if you keep on taking this or that “antitussive” medicines to relieve the cough can lead you to severe complications.
Because treatment for chronic cough is not about just stopping the reflex. The reflex there is for all good. When body wants to get rid of the extra mucus. Body does it. But when this thing keeps on continuously suppressed, it reduces the capacity of the lungs and nervous system inside.
If you want to get rid of the cough permanently, you need to come to Jaipur only for once. And later you can enjoy a good life and that too without any coughing.
The treatment doesn’t need Panchakarma.
All you need are- medicines after the right diagnosis.
Please make sure you make an appointment before coming.