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Parsley   1  0   

Posted by Kathryn (Owings, MD)

[YEA]  Parsley and spinach tea cured mucus dribbling down throat and mucus cough.This cough with mucus can lead to bronchitis. Point is to keep mucous up in head, throat area. Throw bunch parsley and fresh spinach into a quart pot and simmer like a tea. Strain and drink as often as you wish. Will get rid of mucus if no other complication.

Passaflora   0  0   

Posted by Jake (Chicago) on 09/24/2012

You might give passaflora a try - supposed to be good to stop a cough.

Peppermint Oil   0  0   

Posted by Faith (Pj, Selangor Malaysia) on 05/08/2009

[WARNING!]  I had a horrible reaction to taking a reputable brand of organic peppermint oil (one drop) in a quarter cup of water to stop a cough. Immediately upon drinking I began to feel dizzy and almost passed out. The dizziness and weakness lasted approximately two weeks and about four days respectively. It didn't help my cough either.

Pickle Juice   1  0   

Posted by Shirley (VA) on 11/07/2006

[YEA]  I tried Claussen Kosher Dill Pickle Juice. After reading your other post .. I tried to find something with vinegar.. I could not stop coughing badly..found pickle juice, the kind that is found in chiller section at the store.. this also has garlic in it..Work within seconds have been taking little sips. That is all as it is high in salt.. but that seems to be clearing congestion as well.

Raw Uncooked Unfiltered Honey   1  0   

Posted by Larry (RANCHO CORDOVA CA) on 03/12/2006

[YEA]  I used raw uncooked unfiltered honey on a watered down cotton swab as far back as possible in each nostril. alleluya!!i am a 51 year old male and get a yearly cough during the winter months that can last 1 to 3 weeks. sometimes it is bacterial with greenies at the start but most of the duration after that is just the clear sinus dranage that goes on for days after and some may be due to allergies of spring. this cough is the kind that is most severe in the nightime hours. the logic i used is that the cough was more of a gag reflex from the nasal drip and i thought if i good change the chemistry of the nasal drip closer to the source befor it reached my throat it may work plus the aromatic qualities being as close to the source may help. i also wanted something that would last . i figured it is almost as thick as vick's vapo rub so vhala miraculous discovery. the night i used a small amount it lasted about 2-3 hours so i got up and put more on the second dose. the 2nd-3rd night i used a healthy size swab dose at 10-30pm and slept till 6am by the fourth day i stopped and the cough was gone. unreal!!!!!!! at first appox 5-10 minutes it feels slightly irratible but no more than water from a swimming pool going up your nose. it worked for me but i am not recomending it to anyone, but please please if you try it let me know how it worked best of health to all

Riboflavin B2   1  0   

Posted by Karen (Alpharetta, Georgia) on 03/25/2008

[YEA]  Riboflavin B2 100mg right before bedtime will take care of sinus drainage.It will work in about 20 minutes. If not,try up to 250mg. I had severe sinus drainage for years.I found it hard to sit through meetings,church etc, without coughing my head off. I would eat and have a reaction to food and start coughing uncontrollably.Sometimes medications worked,sometimes not. Sometimes I would double up on medication. Now I take NOTHING!

Star Anise Seed Tea   1  0   

Posted by Ed2010 (Canada) on 10/15/2013

[YEA]  If you have severe cough, dry cough, wet cough, make Star Anise seed tea and drink once an hour. May be 3 or 4 times a day.

Before I was using Flax Seed Tea, but star anise seed tea works even faster and easy to make than Flax Seed Tea. Make sure you treat for your underlying cause as well bronchitis, allergies, mold, lung infection, copd.

To Make Star Anise Tea

Boil 300 ml of water add 5 Star Anise Seeds. Boil for 10 mins in medium heat. Add 2 or 3 drops of Eucalyptus Oil. When it is drinking hot add honey or other sweetner.

Drink it once an hour till your cough subsides. Usually it works in 1 tea.

Honey and Eucalyptus Oil are optional.

Star Anise Seeds and Anise Seeds both are same.

You can get Star Anise Seeds in Desi Stores, but it is availabe in most of the stores.

The best part is it is very tasty and children will like it.

Please give feedback if it worked for you.

Good Health

Steam Inhalation   2  0   

Posted by Annsmeal (Bailey, Colorado) on 09/21/2010

[YEA]  When anyone in my home, (including guests)have a cough, I get out my largest pot fill it with water Add 1 tablespoon of Oregano and 1 tablespoon of Thyme, turn to a simmer once it comes to a boil. Have a person stand over the steam and breath deep, this will make them cough up anything in the lungs. Breath in the steam until coughing is eased. Leaving the pot on simmer, adding water and more of the herbs if needed. I find that at least two days is the time frame to illuminate a bad cough. This combination takes care of both viral and bacterial causing coughs. Can be used with other remedies. I put this in a crock pot on low in sick rooms if the aroma doesn't reach from the kitchen.

Posted by Corinna (London, Kent, England) on 02/05/2010

[YEA]  Sometimes I got rid of a bronchitis with raw garlic but a stubborn dry cough persists. I get rid of that by inhaling water with a simple steam inhaler 3 times a day for 5 - 10 minutes. The dry cough is gone within 4 - 5 days. God bless to all!

Tea With Lemon   1  0   

Posted by Anonymous (San Diego, Ca) on 01/06/2008

[YEA]  There's a remedy I recently tried to cure my cough that has lasted for more than two weeks and i got the recipe from my mother. You're supposed to get any kind of regular tea then heat it up with water. After that you get a fresh lemon and squeeze the juice into the tea. You can add some sugar to make it taste better.

Ted's Alkalizing Formula   1  0   

Posted by Citrine (Austin, TX) on 01/19/2007

[YEA]  Dear Earthclinic, I just mixed 2 Tablespoon of ACV with 1/4 Teaspoon baking soda in 8 oz of water as mentioned by Ted. However, the pH strip tested a 5.0 acidity on this mix. I then added another 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and remixed it and tested it again -- this time the solution became neutralized to 7.0. So perhaps the correct mix should be 2 TBS of ACV to 1/2 TSP of baking soda? Just wanted to confirm with you all. By the way, I drank this today and my cold seems to be melting away! My coughing has stopped (after several days of cough attacks) and I am so relieved!!! Thanks so much for such a wonderful site!!! I am learning something new everyday! Regards, Citrine

The Witches Brew Remedy   2  0   

Posted by Shane (Manteca, CA) on 12/10/2006

[YEA]  Wow! I tried the witch's brew (tbsp of butter, sugar and apple cider vinegar)! My cough went away almost immediately! Tastes nasty but it sure worked. Thanks!

[YEA]  For a cough that will not stop, make a remedy my brother and I always called Witches Brew. This was from my Great Grandmother.
Mix 1 Tbs Butter
1 Tbs Sugar
1 Tbs Vinegar
Melt it all together, and take while still warm

EC: You might try substituting Olive Oil for the butter!

Thyme   1  0   

Posted by Brenda (San Antonio, Texas) on 03/15/2007

[YEA]  My 79 year old Mother had an upper respiratory infection. She could not shake the cough. I had recently read an article that said steep 1 teaspoon of your kitchen variety thyme in a cup of hot water, as you would a teabag, and sip. She tried it and it worked. Encouraged, I told my friend who has the start of COPD about it, she tried it and is amazed also. The article stated it relaxes the bronchials. Yet another alternative.

Traditional Chinese Medicine   1  0   

Posted by Sf-doc (San Francisco, Ca) on 03/28/2012

[YEA]  Yea apple cider vinegar worked, I am a physician who has been coughing for a few weeks, I think it is a post viral residual inflammation, and I did not want to medicate with inhalers, in any case I tried this and so far so good (1.5 hr cough free)

Replied by Aurora
Palo Alto, Ca
Hi, Thanks for the tip, I'll try it tonight.

Update; last night was horrible. It's slowly getting worse; I'm afraid I'm keeping all the neighbors up all night.... my chest and throat is now very sore from coughing.

So far I've tried all the different variations of ACV, echinacea-goldenseal, variations with honey in milk, in acv, in lemon, in tea, cough syrup, cough drops, garlic, and someone told me to buy elderberry so yesterday I bought that and took several doses throughout the afternoon and before bed, together with a bronchial remedy. All to no avail. Oh and I've tried heat, steaming, hot baths, and salt. I'd love to try the anise remedy but don't think I'll survive this anotehr two weeks...

Again, there's no phlegm. There is a little saliva if I cough really hard. Or a little blood, if my coughing attach is really bad. I almost throw up and am gasping for air. When it stops, I'm fine, I don't feel sick, I'm still working; I'm just so tired from three weeks of not sleeping much.

I'm starting to think this is not an average cough at all. I had many as a child, and this feels very different. There is this tickle in my lungs and throat. It's very bothersome, sometimes it goes away for alittle but then comes back. Any change in air temperature or air quality, like if I enter a stuffy building, sets me off. I tried picking up take-out at the chinese restaurant the other day and had to spend 15 mins in the restroom until the tickle and cough spasms calmed down.

They were doing some air-duct work, taking out old and installing new, right were I was working, when I got this. I feel like my body is trying to get rid of something, like dust in my thoat.

Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks Again!

Replied by Gigi
Edison, Nj
Hi, I always go alternative medicine first, but sometimes you need to see a doctor. My sister had a persistent cough and the doctor told her it was bronchitis. Many months went by and it didn't get better. Turned out it was lung cancer. I don't mean to scare you but if it's not going away maybe you should look further.
Replied by Suzy
Eugene, Or
I agree that you should get checked out. I was diagnosed with asthma last year. You may have to be on an inhaler for awhile... But once under control you can try more natural methods and ease off the meds. My asthma is allergy induced, and it sounds very similar to the symptoms you described. Once you know "your enemy" than you can fight it more effectively.
Replied by Aurora
Palo Alto, Ca
Thanks for all the suggestions!

I was at work today and the dust set me off. I'm starting to see some pattern. I was told by someone at work that I most likely have a form of pneumonia ( I guess it can be caused by irritants/allergies, by virus, by bacteria, and by parasites........ ) Since I'm up and fever is low, probably walking pneumonia.... It gets slowly worse after the 2nd week. Dry cough, and difficulty sleeping due to coughing at night. The reason I don't think astma at this point is that it isn't cronic; I don't generally have coughs at all. Not colds or flu either...

So yes, in that case I think I need to go see someone, and Lisa (right?), thank you; chinese traditional medicine sounds perfect. I'm actually not against allopathic medicine for appropriate cases, but I already know what they would give me for this, (antibiotics) and I don't do well on them at all. For every time I take antibiotics I pay with a year of infections and side-effects.....

I will share when I know for sure what it was.

Many Blessings, Aurora

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
Hi Aurora, I am absolutely certain the TCM drs can help you. What you describe is what I used to experience and just hated it. It would keep me up all night! I haven't had this condition in a very long time at this point and as I said, it was my acupuncturist who explained what was going on. The lungs don't have the chi to kick up and out what is irritating them and so the coughing is futile and yet the body keeps doing it. It knows what it's supposed to do, it's just that it's not working! I hope you can get there soon. Wishing you the best, Lisa
Replied by Aurora
Palo Alto, Ca
Hi, an update after a couple of weeks and two acupuncture treatments; Still coughing, but now, with Chinese herbs, getting a little phlegm. And I'm finally getting some sleep. Not full nights, but a lot better than before!

One odd detail; I'm discovering that a great many in this Bay area getting cough at the same time. No cold, went straight to lungs. I'm not sure that it is contagious, since everyone seemed to get sick at the same time.... seemed to last 2-4 weeks.

Maybe my lungs are just alittle more "gunked up" than others due to my work.

Thanks, Aurora

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
Hi Aurora, I'm so glad you followed through and went the Chinese medicine/ acupuncture route. I am absolutely confident you will continue to see improvement as your lung chi strengthens. Also, as the acupuncture and herbs balance you out, you will naturally sleep much better. Chinese medicine is so effective because it sees the whole body working synergistically and restores balance through the meridians. The adaptogen herbs adjust the body as well and then strengthen your being. With this understanding, you will be able to be around sick people but, now you're strong so are not affected by their illness. At least, that has been my experience. I am around sick kids all the time since I teach ballet all the time and I never get sick. Keep up the good work and keep us posted on your progress! Lisa
Replied by Aurora
Palo Alto, Ca
An update after a few more weeks of Trad. Chinese Med. and Acupuncture for persistent dry cough. Still coughing, but only a few of times a day. Able to sleep most nights. I finished 4 projects of work fine, except had to excuse myself sometimes to go cough; if there is any little thing in the air, it seems to set me off. One of these was while driving, not good. It's like an attach almost, had to get off freeway. Seem to be healing, but maddeningly slow...... Still doing oil-pulling ca 4X/week, but stopped the juicing due to cold weather change, it felt too cold. The oil pulling feels great. The vinegar I couldn't seem to do too many days in a row. Or lemon. Thanks everyone. Aurora
Replied by Bagpuss
Sheffield, Uk
Hi Aurora, I read through yours and everyone's comments. To me it seems very funny that this came on whilst air conditioning was being removed and renewed. To be honest, straight away I thought Legionaire's! Then you went on to say about pneumonia which is a symptom of Legionaires. Then you said that lots of people in the same area had the same symptoms at the same time which would indicate a contamination by bacteria - Legionaires. Please have a read up on Legionaire's and see what you think. I think you may have a mild case of that- yes mild I said which you will agree with when you read the full blown symptoms. Go and see a doctor to may be causing scarring to your lungs especially if there is blood. I would definately have them xrayed and get a good doctor's opinion though. You can't be too careful when it's something that's unusual. Listen to your gut instinct.

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