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17 Homeopathic Remedies For Cough

homeopathic medicines for coughHomeopathic treatment for cough is highly effective in most cases. Homeopathy uses medicines of natural origin for treating cough and they are, therefore, safe to use for persons of all age group. These medicines work to treat the cause of the cough so as to bring about a complete recovery in a natural way.

Homeopathy gives an excellent result in acute as well as chronic cases of a cough. Cough including dry cough, loose rattling cough, spasmodic cough, paroxysmal cough, nocturnal cough, all are wonderfully treated with homeopathy. Also, cough arising from various diseases like asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and pneumonia is treated remarkably well with homeopathy.

Along with cough the attending symptoms like wheezing, expectoration, difficulty in breathing and shortness of breath also go away with the use of homeopathy.

Homeopathic Medicines for Cough

There is a large list of therapeutics for the treatment of cough. Among them, the top-ranked include – Drosera Rotundifolia, Antimonium Tart, and Conium Maculatum. The characteristic features of these remedies are as below:

1. Drosera Rotundfolia – Remedy for a Dry Cough

Drosera Rotundifolia is a very effective homeopathic remedy for a cough that is dry. For using Drosera, a dry, irritative (irritant) cough is the chief indicator. The cough comes in attacks that follow each other rapidly. A marked fatigue attends the coughing episodes. Other accompanying symptoms include tickling in the larynx, scraping sensation (like in a sore throat) and fetid breath with the cough. Vomiting with cough may also arise. The cough usually worsens after talking or laughing.

Cough that appears during measles or following it is also treated well with this remedy. Drosera is also a well indicated for a cough that begins on lying down. This is also an important natural treatment for cough variant asthma

2. Antimonium Tart – Medicine for a Rattling Cough

 Antimonium Tart works very well in cases of rattling cough. The patient has a loose, rattling cough and the lungs feel full of mucus. The cough remains constant throughout the day and night. The patient faces excessive difficulty in raising the phlegm. Along with this, difficulty in breathing (most marked at night time) is present. Difficulty in breathing makes a person sit up from a prone position (in which it is worse). In addition to the above symptoms, a burning sensation in the chest may be present. Chest pain on coughing also arises in some of the cases. A cough that worsens after each meal is yet another characteristic feature pointing towards the use of Antimonium Tart

3. Conium Maculatum – Treatment for a Cough Worse at Night

 Conium Maculatum is useful for a nocturnal cough. The patient has a cough at night on lying down.  They are restless at night and tend to sit up many times due to coughing spells. A tickling sensation in the throat pit may be prominently present. A few individuals may complain of an unusually dry spot in the larynx. In some cases, a headache on coughing may arise.

4. Ipecac — For Cough with Difficult Phlegm

Ipecac is a suitable medicine for a cough with difficult expectoration. The patient has a loose rattling cough with marked difficulty in expectoration. A constricted feeling in the chest and shortness of breath may arise. Suffocative spells may accompany the cough. Nausea and vomiting with a cough are also present in a majority of the cases.

5. Spongia Tosta—For a Cough with Dry Air Passages

Spongia Tosta is a medicine that is highly useful when there is a cough with extreme dryness of all the air passages. The cough is an exclusively dry, barking, hacking type. Chills may attend the cough. Warm drinks may offer a little relief.  Along with this, shortness of breath and labored respiration may also be present.

6. Corallium Rubrum—For a Cough from PND (post nasal dripping)

 Corallium Rubrum is for cough that results from PND (post nasal dripping). The cough appears in quick, short attacks that follow each other in quick succession. Along with the cough, excessive hawking is also present. Extreme exhaustion is felt along with the cough. A vital symptom that attends the above symptoms are extremely sensitive air passages to air (inhaled air feels cold).

7. Millifolium—For Cough with Bloody Sputa (hemoptysis)

 Millifolium is of immense help in a cough with bloody sputa or in any lung disease with accompanying cough. In addition, shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing and oppression of chest appear. Hemoptysis after injury or following violent exertion also indicates the use of Millifolium.

8. Natrum Mur—Treatment for a Cough with White Phlegm

For a cough with white sputa expectoration, Natrum Mur is a beneficial medicine. The sputa may be salty to taste. Other attending symptoms are a cough with the flowing of tears from the eyes, a headache of bursting nature, and shortness of breath. A sore, bruised feeling in the chest also appears. Another symptom that may arise is involuntary urination during coughing.

9. Kali Sulph and Pulsatilla Nigricans —Remedies for Cough with Yellow & Green Phlegm

 Kali Sulph is a valuable remedy for cough with expectoration of thick yellow coloured sputa. Other symptoms pointing to the use of Kali Sulph are the rattling of mucus in the chest, difficult expectoration, and wheezing in the chest.

Pulsatilla Nigricans is an important remedy for cough where greenish expectoration is present. The patient’s cough may get aggravated in a warm room and find relief in the open air. Pulsatilla Nigricans is also suited for a cough after measles.

10. Phosphorus and Hepar Sulph—For a Cough in Bronchitis

Phosphorus and Hepar Sulph are beneficial medicines for cough in bronchitis. The characteristic indicators for using Phosphorus are cough with sputum expectoration of a purulent nature, frothy or blood-stained sputum. The phlegm may be salty or sweet to taste. Strong odours may trigger a cough.

Along with cough, chest tightness, oppression of chest, and sharp stitching pain in the chest may be present. Heat/ burning sensation in the chest may also appear in a few individuals needing Phosphorus.

Hepar Sulph is significant medicine for bronchitis in older adults. The symptoms indicating use of Hepar Sulph are a loose rattling cough with thick, tenacious, yellow sputa. The cough may worsen from exposure to cold air, while warmth relieves it.

11. Arsenic Album—For an Asthmatic Cough

 Arsenic Album is an excellent choice of medicine for an asthmatic cough. The symptoms indicating the use of Arsenic Album are a cough with shortness of breath, and wheezing/whistling in the chest. Tightness in the chest may also arise. Tenacious expectoration of yellow/ green colour may be there. Other attending feature is suffocative attacks during sleep. Anxiety and restlessness may occur in persons along with above symptoms.

12. Antimonium Arsenicosum – For a Cough in Emphysema

 Antimonium Arsenicosum is a remedy for treating cough in persons having emphysema. Along with a cough, extreme dyspnea (difficulty in breathing) attends. In most cases lying down worsens the cough and dyspnea. Excessive mucus expectoration is also there with an emphysematous cough. In addition, a general weakness and loss of appetite may be present.

13. Bryonia Alba –For a Cough in Pneumonia

 Bryonia Alba is beneficial for a cough in pneumonia patients. The guiding symptoms for using Bryonia Alba include a dry, hard cough and brick coloured/blood streaked sputa. Chest pain on coughing, which makes a person hold the chest is the chief attending feature. Stitching pain in the chest which is worse on inhaling is another prominent symptom for using Bryonia Alba. The chest pain may benefit from lying on the painful side.

14. Sambucus Nigra – For Cough in Children

Sambucus Nigra is a well indicated medicine for treating cough in children. The cough is usually of paroxysmal type. The most troublesome time for a cough is during the night. Sudden spells, mainly of a suffocative cough arise during night hours. A child needing Sambucus Nigra frequently sits up at night because of the coughing spells. Along with the cough, a whistling sound from the chest is also present in most cases.

15. Senega—For Cough in Older Adults

 Senega is of high value for treating cough in the elderly. A rattling in the chest with marked difficulty in raising the tough sputa arises along with the cough. Soreness and oppressed sensation in the chest may also assist. Pain in the back on coughing could be present. A cough in asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis all indicates the use of Senega.

16. Cina and Coccus Cacti—For a Spasmodic Cough

Cina and Coccus Cacti are significant medicines for a spasmodic cough. Cina Maritima is helpful when there is a violent cough that ends in vomiting. The cough is so intense that it brings tears to the eyes. The cough usually appears in paroxysms with attending shortness of breath. Coccus Cacti is useful when a spasmodic cough is worse in the morning. The cough ends with vomiting of viscid mucus. Coccus Cacti is also prominent when there is a cough in regular paroxysms with expectoration of much ropy mucus.

17. Nux Vomica—For a Cough with Acidity (GERD)

 Nux Vomica is an important medicine for a cough with acidity. The symptoms indicating its use are cough and difficulty in breathing with an accumulation of gas in the abdomen. Nausea, vomiting, fullness in the stomach and sour/bitter belching are prominently present with a cough.

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  1. Dr. Zulfiqar psychiatrist says:

    Thanks to respectable doctor
    Written well
    Do more please

  2. Tilly Smith says:


    I have had a cough for a week now. A bit of phlegm and hard to get up. I have to take a deep breath and cough a lot to get it up as I can feel it there.

    I am not nauseous.

    What would you recommend?

  3. Anton D'Abreu says:

    Your h/path condition remedy summaries are the best on the internet – but here I am worried why do you like 90% of other homeopathic consultants omit from your list Apis Mel ? From a site no longer active I got “The well-known effects of a bee’s sting: burning, stinging, lacerating pain with excessive swelling,in a great variety of conditions. > a feeling of constriction in the throat which excites single, spasmodic, hacking cough at short intervals.. Swollen throat distress extending below the larynx to the upper part of the lung which rapidly becomes sore and sensitive >Producing a deep, hard ringing cough

    I realize this description does not make the all important distinction between ‘dry’ and ‘wet;’ coughs – but I think it is ‘wet’ but not easy to facilitate. I Don’t ecpect to hear back but if I so I hear from you I presume you see ‘Apis Mel’ as marginal to the treatment of this condition. Thanks Anton D

  4. Bikash Nandy says:

    Dear Doctor, I am suffering from seasonal bronchitis reaches pick during December to February forthelast 15 years..Tremendous coughing particularly in lying down condition. I can not sleep comfortably. Please help.
    Bikash Nandy
    Ph. 80920 84507

    • Dzień dobry. Córka lat 7,5. Ma kaszel. Rano mokry. Od godz. 15.00 zaczyna się kaszel bardziej suchy, męczący, trwa non stop do nocy. W nocy kaszle co chwilę. Bardziej w stronę suchego. Męczący. Córka co chwilę piję wodę żeby nie kaszleć. Podczas napadu kaszlu twarz robi się czerwona z wysiłku. Czasami to kaszel jakby z krtani/tchawicy. Czasami mówi że boli gardło od kaszlu. Kaszel podczas snu. Proszę o pomoc.

  5. Cate Montana says:

    Hi Dr. Sharma – What about cough from ongoing Long COVID – ongoing chest congestion and loose cough, sometime barking … PLUS fatigue!


  6. Anirban Sarkar says:

    Good Morning Dr.Sharma. ,
    Respected Sir ,
    My son 10 years old is suffering for persistent cough and cold for last 1 month .As he is autistic child he also cannot properly communicate which is worsening the situation.

    Kindly advise .I will be highly obliged towards you.
    Anirban Sarkar
    M 8621087924

  7. N Madhu Kumar sharma says:

    Namasthe Dr. sir,My mother is 78 years old,she is suffering from chronic cough with sputum in the night,while cough urine is passing involuntarily,can you suggest good medicine both problems

  8. Hi my son is 8 years old. At this moment he have red troath, not very inflamed. Nose in running, the mucus is like water. But he got very irritating and dry cough. Very very often. His blood results are normal, except the granulocytes that are minimal above the normal. The normal is 70, they are 72. He had temperature like 37,5 but after giving him bella donna the temperature gets normal. My concern is the cough.

  9. Fakhra Hasan says:

    . Senega—For Cough in Older Adults

    Senega is of high value for treating cough in the elderly. A rattling in the chest with marked difficulty in raising the tough sputa arises along with the cough. Soreness and oppressed sensation in the chest may also assist. Pain in the back on coughing could be present. A cough in asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis all indicates the use of Senega.
    My mother is experiencing such type of cough and she is 82 of age …Is this medicine good for her?

  10. Paramjeet Singh says:

    Hello Doctor,I am 62 yr male.had cough for 9-10 days.It started with cold and thin discharge from nose .I had 3 does of aconit30 and bell30 i developed pain in throat,but no fever.after that I developed der cough with no sputum,It starts as I day I had 1 dose of bryonia 200.after two days sputum begain.but coughing doesn’t stop. and very difficult exploration.I took 1 does of nat mur 200 next day the sputum become thicker and yellow in colour but still no fever now for last 2 day the yellow sputum is gone but while on bed it becomes very difficult to clear the throat..some times in day time it becomes liquid and night time it becomes very thick white
    Pl advise I am a heart patient and diabetic also

    • Hello doc,
      My kid is 1.7 years old and he is having cold and cough with irregular fever. The cough is like phelgm amd suffocative. He wakes up due to blocakage of nasal air during sleep. Not even eating anything from last three days. Onve eated but vomited. Drinking water normally.
      He is restless not active.
      I given him justicia mothertincture, bryonia 200, hepar sulphur 30, sambucus 200,
      In allopathy sinarest, azee 200, and nebulization is going on.

      Please suggest.. I cannot see him like this.. He used to be very active and now not eating anything. Nor active.

  11. Mohiuddin Ahmed says:

    I am M۔ Ahmed،age 75 years.I am feeling a Coronic cough since 20 years plus. Cough from talking. Some time chest pain on coughing.At present watering from nose. Dry cough.l am taking medicine ANTIMONIUM SULPH AUREUM 30C morning and evening from One month continue.

  12. Chandan Roy says:

    Why is Belladonna 30 used for cough in children?

  13. Muskaan Singh says:

    I am Muskaan Singh aged 22. Presently, I am feeling a sticky cough/phlegm in my chest which does not come out. I feel a sense breathing difficulty while walking. Can you please suggest some medicine? As such, I have a sensitive throt specially to cold. I do not take curd since corona times, ie since Apr 2020. Whenever, I take curd it infects my throat.

  14. Hi
    I m suffering from dry cough and it gets very intensive at times and goes non stop

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