Cold and Cough: An Ayurvedic Guideline

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
  • Coughing
  • Fever/Chills
  • Continuous sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain/fatigue
  • Body Pain
  • Breathing difficulty

One of many of the above symptoms are experienced by individuals 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 a 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 the 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 ?

  1. Fresh Basil leaves 20
  2. Cinnamon stick – 1 inch long
  3. Black pepper corns  crushed – 3
  4. Fresh ginger crushed – 2 inches long
  5. Jaggery (optional)  – as a sweetener
  6. Water 4 cups
  7. 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!