Chesty cough is quite often in wintertime. Like dry cough, it’s a defence mechanism that our organism puts in place to get rid of something “hampering” the normal passage of air in our bronchial tubes and trachea, that may damage these structures.
Chesty cough presents an increased production of mucus. This substance, physiologically present in our breathing structures, has the function to hold any detrimental substances and microorganisms that may cause infections.
However, when this mechanism has to face an overwork, it becomes inflamed and the produced quantity of secretion increases considerably, thus becoming phlegm. This excess of mucus makes it harder to breath. Besides, the more viscous the phlegm is, the harder the expectoration gets, so our cough will worsen.
What we need to do is try to make the phlegm fluider to remove it more easily. Naturally, a medical examination is always advisable to exclude eventual complications.
In these cases we are often recommended to take mucolytics, but let’s be careful not to give them to children under 2 years of age, because their bronchial tubes wouldn’t manage to get rid of all phlegm that would arise.
Homeopathic remedies for chesty cough
I would recommend to always choose homeopathic medications for children. This advice may be helpful also for adults who are already taking many other medications for any reason.
It’s always advisable to drink a lot when we have a chesty cough. In fact, the phlegm will eventually fluidify only in presence of liquids in our organism.
Pulsatilla is one of most used homeopathic medications for phlegm problems.
We may take it when we have a dry cough at night, but when we wake up in the morning we must get rid of a phlegm that suddenly reappears. Our cough remains chesty all day long and it seems to improve outdoors.
Like other remedies for dry cough, Pulsatilla also nurses the urinary incontinence that is due to cough.
This medication may have a different effect according to dilution. A low dilution facilitates the production of phlegm. So, if we want to facilitate the expectoration, we can take Pulsatilla 5CH, 5 granules 3-4 times a day.
If we’re treating a chesty cough that has been lasting for a while, we may take Pulsatilla 15CH, 5 granules morning and evening.
Antimonium tartaricum is indicated to “detach” the phlegm. We may have a mucus cough, but after coughing we perceive our bronchial tubes are not yet free.
In this case we can use Antimonium tartaricum: its dilution varies according to the desired result.
To augment the secretion of phlegm, we may take Antimonium tartaricum 5CH, 5 granules 5-6 times a day (the frequency of use may be then decreased according to improvements).
On the other hand, to absorb the secretion we may rather take Antimonium tartaricum 15CH, 5 granules 3 times a day.
Antimonium tartaricum’s action is similar to cleaning an encrusted pipe.
Kalium bicromicum could be defined a real “phlegm breaker”.
So we may use it when we need a mucolytic action. Obviously, being not a mucolytic in a strict sense, it can be given to little children as well.
Also Kalium b. changes its action according to dilution.
To get a considerable fluidification of the phlegm, we may take Kalium bicromicum 5CH, 5 granules 3 times a day.
To dry it off, we may take Kalium bicromicum 15CH morning and evening.
Silica is the main element of sand. It’s a very useful remedy for a phlegm that never disappears completely.
We may take it when our acute cough has gone by, leaving behind a little mucus that worsens again at the first chill.
In this case we may take Silica 15CH morning and evening for a long time to accompany the progressive resolution of the problem.
Herbal therapy for chesty cough
We can find on sale a lot of herbal mixtures that may be helpful in case of chesty cough. These products contain undiluted exctracts of plants, so we need to be careful when using them, especially on allergic children.
Grindelia is extremely useful in case of chesty cough: it soothes a cough, it detaches the stagnant phlegm (expectorating) and it’s also a powerful antibacterial.
In fact, cough mucus is often inhabited by bacteria which may cause further infections.
We can find Grindelia in many cough syrups, along with other plants having the function to improve the situation.
Or we can take Grindelia Mother Tincture, 30 drops 3 times a day.
Plantago is indicated for chesty cough in two variations, Plantago lanceolata and Plantago major. This plant has a lot of useful actions.
It’s expectorating, so it helps us git rid of stagnant phlegm.
It’s anti-inflammatory, so it decreases the production of phlegm as a response to the inflammation in action.
And it’s also antimicrobial, so it helps reduce the infection which may cause a cough.
We can find this plant in many cough syrups.
Or we may take Plantago Mother Tincture, 30 drops 3 times a day.
Alnus glutinosa MG
Alnus glutinosa is the black alder, a tree that has been used since ancient times to build the foundations of the city of Venice. This tells us how rot resistant this plant is, considering that it’s been soaking for hundreds of years!
The buds of this tree help us keep the mucosas of our organism in good health.
The bud extract has anti-inflammatory and anti-phlegm properties. In case of chesty cough we can take 50 drops morning and evening. The correct dose for children is a drop for each year of age, morning and evening.
Bach flower remedies for chesty cough
It may seem strange to use the Bach flowers even for chesty cough, but I tried them many times with success.
If we think at the philosophy behind the Bach flower remedies, any physical trouble can improve if we improve our state of mind.
For a chesty cough we may add Elm and Crab Apple to the syrup we normally take (10 drops directly poured into the syrup bottle) or we can take them as pure, 2 drops of each 3 times a day, directly in our mouth.
Eml is indicated for any case of excessive “full”. Talking about phlegm, our airways are too full of mucus to let the air in.
Crab Apple is a purifying flower that we can use anytime we have a feeling of “dirt”. So it may be helpful to remove the phlegm.
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