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Homeopathic Treatment for a Dry Cough

Cough is a common reflex action to clear the breathing passages and airways. A dry cough refers to a cough free from mucus or phlegm also known as non – productive cough. A dry cough is annoying and troublesome and makes a person restless. In some persons, dry cough occurs in a continuous spasm, making the person anxious.  It may also cause difficulty in breathing and sleeping. A dry cough is very common in children and sensitive people.

homeopathic treatment for a dry cough

Homeopathic Treatment

Homeopathy works at a dynamic level on a person. The advantage of homeopathic medicines is that they stop the recurring tendency of the disease. These medicines are made up of natural substances and are very safe. Other conventional treatments distort the body’s natural healing processes and make the body dull. In homeopathy, the body’s restorative processes are used to bring it back to health. These medicines do not cause any side effects or slow down body processes.

Homeopathic Treatment For A Dry Cough

Top grade homeopathic medicines for a dry cough are Bryonia, Drosera, Spongia, Rumex, and Belladonna.

1. Bryonia – Top Medicine For Dry Cough

Bryonia is the top-most medicine for managing cases of dry cough. On coughing, pain may occur in head and chest. The pain is mainly stitching type. It feels as if the head and chest would break into pieces from pain. Pain may also be felt in abdominal muscles while coughing. The cough worsens from eating or drinking. At times, vomiting of food occurs while coughing. Bryonia is also indicated when cough increases when a person enters a warm room.

When to use Bryonia?

Bryonia is the most commonly used medicine for treating dry cough which can be considered as the first remedy in case of dry cough. It is a short-acting medicine that can be repeated frequently.

2. Drosera – For Dry Cough At Night

Drosera is a natural medicine prepared from plant ‘round-leaved sundew’. It is the most important medicine to manage dry cough that gets worse at night. A very peculiar feature to use this medicine is cough as soon as a person lies down at night. Besides, this medicine is suitable when cough gets worse while laughing or singing. In some cases needing it, vomiting may occur with cough.

When to use Drosera?

For dry cough that gets worse at night on lying down, Drosera is recommended.

3. Spongia – For Dry Cough  Which Gets Better By Warm Food Or Drinks

Spongia suits well when dry cough gets better by taking warm food or warm drinks. Cough is absolutely dry. Along with cough, burning may be felt in chest. Cough worsens from lying down and gets better by sitting up. In some cases, wheezing and weight in chest is felt. Along wth this, difficult breathing can be there which gets worse by talking or moving. Spongia is very effective for managing dry cough in bronchitis and asthma.

When  to use Spongia?

If a person gets better in cough by intake of warm food or warm drinks, Spongia is the best remedy.

4. Rumex – For Dry Cough From Temperature Change From Cold To Warm Or Vice Versa

Rumex is a very effective medicine for dry cough that arise from sudden change of temperature from cold to warm or warm to cold. Cough happens from tickling/irritation in throat pit. Another very specific indication to use Rumex is cough that occurs by inhaling cold air. In majority of cases needing Rumex, cough is most troublesome during day. Along with cough, marked weakness is felt. Headache occur during cough. Sometimes few urine drops escapes involuntarily during cough.

When and How to use Rumex?

Rumex should be selected in dry cough cases that trigger from change of temperature from cold to warm or other way round.

5. Belladonna – For Persistent Cough Day And Night

This herbal medicine is very useful when dry cough occurs day and night. It occurs from a tickling sensation in throat. Along with cough, the throat is red and inflamed. Headache may attend cough. Its use is also recommended for cough that arises from inhaling fine dust in air.

When to use Belladonna?

Belladonna can be used to calm dry cough that persists day and night.

Causes Behind Dry Cough

1. Viral infections – Viral infections like common cold and flu can cause cough. In such cases, runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing tend to resolve early but cough may take few weeks to resolve and in some even one to two months.

2. Upper respiratory tract infections (URTI): It refers to an infection of nose, pharynx, larynx, bronchi with virus or bacteria. Some examples include common cold, pharyngitis, and sinusitis.

3. Asthma:It is an inflammatory disease of airways in which airways swell, constrict and produce excessive mucus. Cough in asthma can be productive or dry but most of the time, it is dry along with its main symptom of difficulty in breathing, tightness in chest and also wheezing. However, in cough variant asthma (an asthma type) dry cough is main symptom.

4. Bronchitis: It refers to inflammation of bronchial tubes via which the air passes from the trachea to the lungs. In bronchitis cough is dry in initial stages but gets productive afterwards.

5. Post nasal drip: It means dripping of mucus from the back of the nose into the throat. PND tends to irritate nerves in the throat leading to cough.

6. Allergies: People suffering from nasal allergy (allergic rhinitis) can get cough along with other symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, itchy watery eyes.

7. COVID-19: Dry cough can be a symptom of COVID – 19. About 50 to 70 % people having coronavirus infection suffer dry cough along with other symptoms like fever, sore throat, weakness.

8. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): It refers to back flow of stomach acid into the food pipe and throat. This acid can cause cough by irritating the throat.

9. Air pollution, dust and smoke can also trigger dry cough.

10. A dry cough may be the result of overexertion or a psychological condition. Sometimes, people develop a habit of coughing, especially under stress or even without any stress.

11. Some other rare causes are idiopathic lung fibrosis (in this scar tissue forms in lungs), lung cancer and heart failure.

What Other Symptoms Can Attend Dry Cough?

Depending on the cause behind dry cough, the following signs and symptoms can attend:

1. Runny nose, nasal congestion

2. Sneezing, watery itchy eyes, post nasal discharge

3. Chest pain, headache

4. Breathing difficulty

5. Wheezing

6. Fever

7. Heartburn

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  1. Anuradha says:

    Hello Dr
    My husband aged 62 years has been having dry cough since a month. It is not frequent but he cough hard and loud now and then. Please suggest a homeopathy remedy for him
    Thank you

  2. Pooja Bharti says:

    Hello Dr. Sharma,

    I am Pooja aged 33 years. Since when I conceived in Jan’22 , I developed a symptom of dry cough. Initially I contacted my allopathic doctor with whom I was under medication. He provided me with some light medicines as I was under pregnancy but it didn’tworked well. I delivered my baby last Sep’22 and after that I contacted many doctors including homeopathy and ayurvadic for the same dry cough and had medicines but still suffering from the same.
    Problem of dry cough happens on continuous basis when happens. It starts sudden and keeps on continuing. During coughing, I spit very little amount of dry cough during that. It appears as if cough is some where around my throat and not chest. I am suffering from lack of sleeping and it majorly occurs whenever I am in bed and specially after 2 AM in night.
    Please suggest me with some medicines.


  3. D K Sharma says:

    My granddaughter had cough cold fever and congestion 15days back,now she has dry cough spl in the morning. I have given her Bryonia and BC6 but still she has morning cough Pl suggest some remedy. Thanks

  4. RAJAN.P.N. says:

    Sriya Vishnu, 7 yrs suffering from dry cough and 101degree temp.for the last 2 days. Arsalb 200 1-1-1 fir two days given. But no change in,her condition. Everyone in our home had dry cough . What further medicine can be given to my child for improvement in her condition?

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  7. My 2.5 year old son is suffering from dry cough and a little nasal discharge for the last few days. Incessant spells of Coughing are what are troubling him a lot. He vomited once yesterday and is sneezing at times. Otherwise he is active the way he usually is. Please advise

    • Dharmendra Kumar says:

      Hello Doctor,my son is 5yr old boy,having dry cough in midnight.he is also complaint of nasal block and itching.plz suggest treatment

  8. H C Singh says:

    Respected Dr. Sharma,
    My wife has been suffering from dry couching for last 8 months. She has taken treatment from ENT as well as Chest specialists but there is no relief.
    She coughs almost 30 to 60 seconds or more at a time. When she takes meal she starts coughing. Now a days she is feeling feverish. Kindly help her by suggesting a Homeopathic medicine so that she can relief.

  9. I am suffering from a dry cough due to COVID- it is worse or comes on if I talk (so having an engaged conversation is impossible). It also comes on if I lie down on my back (I sleep propped up)
    I’m wondering if I should take both Arsenic Album and Phosphorus?

    • Shamimuddin Ansari says:

      I am suffering from a dry cough due to COVID- it is worse or comes on if I talk (so having an engaged conversation is very difficult). While coughing I get breathless.

      Please advise a remedy for the dry cough.


  10. Moni gupta says:

    Hello dr I am suffering from dry cough nd some irritation in my throat from 15 days .I took many medicines but no suggest me medicine. I am 44 years old

    • My daughter 16 years was suffering from cold and cough,I gave her cough syrup,all her mucus came out,now she is having extremely dry cough which comes in short span of time, during cough she feels like throwing out,though nothing comes out except water,but it seems cough is coming from her stomach but it is not for acidity,I hv tried with several homeopathy drs previously but it did not help ,it goes off itself after few days

  11. Krishna moorthy s says:

    My wife suffers dry cough and tightness in chest. It seems purely due to hot climate here. She holds chest during cough without expoctoring. Please suggest a Homeo remedy.

  12. Deborah Lord says:

    Good Morning Dr Sharma…for several days I have not felt sick in other ways, just very tired, more than usual, and have had a pressure in my bronchials that feels to cough. It is mostly pressure to cough superficially, completely dry. I have used homeopathy for years, so felt it’s time to get the right one.

    I just read each description of dry cough above….and several partially fit, not completely.

    As a constitutional I have used ignatia at a few times in my life.
    This did come after an emotional few weeks of family drama, in which I felt anger but not feeling the permission to express it.

    First days, just coughed a few times in the whole day.
    second day, a big coughing fit for 5 minutes at 4am, then just a few in afternoon for seconds.
    3rd day, more short bursts of coughing.
    Took ayurvedic herbs and put heat on it. No coughing at night
    I got a 15 minute covid test which was negative

    Heat on chest helps and maha sudarshan and trishun.

    Today I thought to do homeopathy. I have many at home but not all you mention.
    I thought to take ignatia today…
    could try chamomilla…
    could order drosera, agaricus and cocculus…

    what is your recommendation? Thank you so much for your service….

  13. Hi.
    Can u pls telemedicine for 7 years old for dry cough. He is having this dry cough for last two months. Tries to clears his throat whole time

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