Sep 24, 2014

    Try a herbal remedy for chronic cough

    A PERSON with a cough is often looked at with annoyance in venues such as an examination hall, theatre or library.

    Coughing is a reflex meant to clear the airway of irritants.

    Having a persistent cough can disrupt sleep and daily activities.

    According to traditional chinese medicine (TCM), children are more prone to chronic cough as they have weaker lungs, spleens and kidneys.

    As a result, infection sets in easily and a child takes a longer time to recover.

    When the spleen is weak and low on vital energy, or qi, its ability to absorb the nutrients needed for growth is impaired.

    The weakened spleen produces phlegm, which the lungs store. The phlegm upsets the lungs' qi and triggers coughing.

    Even after the child recovers from a fever or sore throat, the cough lingers as the weakened lungs need more time to recover.

    TCM can help to manage a cough condition.

    After determining the child's condition, a TCM practitioner can prescribe him with powdered herbal medicine, which can be customised according to the child's age and weight.

    Even after the cough ceases, the herbal medicine can be used to nourish the body, helping to prevent a recurrence of the cough.

    Preventive measures should be taken during this period such as avoiding cold food, drinks and fruit.

    Reduce the child's sugar intake, as sugar increases the spleen's production of phlegm.

    Doing regular exercise will help improve the body's qi circulation. Getting enough rest and sleep are also important for recovery.

    Try to avoid sleeping in an air-conditioned room, or maintain a temperature of at least 25 deg C to reduce the cold air entering the child's body.

    A small dose of herbal medicine can go a long way in giving him a happy and healther childhood.

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