In the season of heavy rains and frequent downpour, people come across a variety of troubles. The most common amongst these troubles is the common cold and cough that affects a significant number of the population.
Following are some guidelines on how to manage cold and cough with the help of Ayurveda:
General Symptoms of Cough and Cold
- Runny Nose
- Continuous sneezing
- Sore throat
- Muscle pain/fatigue
- Body Pain
- Breathing difficulty
One or many of the above symptoms are experienced by an individual suffering from a cold.
Causes of Cough and Cold
- A continuous change of surroundings/constant exposure to cold and chilly winds can be contributors
- A primary cause is the digestive fire (agni) being affected with cold or moist conditions
- A reduced agni can affect the body’s overall immunity
- Lowered immunity leads to an increase in the toxin production
- These amas can go and clog the micro-channels in the body leading to formation of phlegm or mucus
- It is this phlegm/mucus blocks the respiratory channel functions. Finally you experience soar throat, allergic cough, sneezing, blocked nose, breathing difficulty etc.
Along with the above mentioned causes, there can be other factors as well that lead to cold and cough in individuals. For example, an allergy to one’s surroundings can also be the cause of a cold. Eating or drinking food that is too cold or hot can also cause cold and cough in the individual. Habits and lifestyle choices such as sleeping in the afternoon after a heavy meal or staying up late at night, can also contribute to developing a cold. There goes a quote which says that “Your biography is your biology” and the Ayurvedic philosophy stands by it. In the end, what we eat and do throughout the day has a large impact on our health.
Treating Cold and Cough Ayurveda way
- Keep body (throat, feet, chest, head) warm
- Gargle with warm salty & turmeric water for a sore throat
- Avoid milk, milk products and fruits till the symptoms completely go away
- Eat light foods like soups, boiled or steamed vegetables, dal khichadi (rice and mung dal) etc
- Drink spiced/Herbal Teas
How to make herbal tea to improve your immune system and prevent viral fever ?
Fresh Basil leaves 20
Cinnamon stick – 1 inch long
Black pepper corns crushed – 3
Fresh ginger crushed – 2 inches long
Jaggery (optional) – as a sweetner
Water 4 cups
Boil the ingredients in water and make it 2 cups. Filter and drink warm 3-4 times a day.
Stay safe this monsoon with the power of Ayurveda!