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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. Monoj roy says:

    am suffering from intense irritation and sharp tickling in throat, causing severe coughing, im 43 yrs and had undergoes some recent surgery two months backs. This cough creating more complication in my post surgery. pls advise how to get relief from it. if required can consult online also. Also suffering from sore throat and Tonsilitis.

  2. Aisha Saqib says:

    Assalamualaikum doctor.I have hiatal hernia.Due to this I have persistent dry cough and my mouth is very dry too.Can you please recommend homeopathic medicine for this.I also had h.pylori in stomach

  3. Sukhi khasi hai or khaste khaste aankh se Pani nikal jaata h

  4. Avijit Das says:

    My father gets cough in sleeping position during night.It continues for slmist 12 days.what medicine should be rights?

  5. सुशील चाचान says:

    5 साल के बच्चे को मांसपेशियों में दर्द और साथ में सूखी खांसी लगातार हो रही है, कृपया होमियोपैथिक दवा बताएं।

  6. Stephanie Latham says:

    Hello, I have a dry cough, it comes around 3pm. Does not happen when I lay down…gets worse during winter months. I pretty much keep it all year. I’ve been to ENT, he says Silent Reflux, which I would agree, then I think, allergies. I’ve read a lot of thos article on dry cough. I’m so confused on what I should take. I have been trying different things for silent reflux. Someone today said to try mullein.

  7. आशा says:

    हमेशा ठंढ़ी के महीने मुखयता दिसंबर और जनवरी मे सूखी खांसी चालू हो जाती है, जितनी ज्यादा ठंडी बढती है खांसी भी बढती है। हीटर के सामने या गर्म हवा के सामने थोडी देर बैठने पर रुक जाती है, फिर ठंढक मे जाने पर शुरु हो जाती है।रात मे सोने के समय फिर आने लगती है। एस्नोफीलीया भी खूं की जांच मे बढी रह्ती है। किर्पया दवा बतायें

  8. Which medicine we use after eating oranges cause dry cough

  9. अनुज कटिया says:

    मेरे बेटे की उम्र 12 वर्ष, वजन 55 kg है, 22 दिन पूर्व इसे ठंडा खाने की वजह से सूखी खांसी हो गई थी कई दवाई लेने के बाद में सूखी खांसी ठीक नहीं हो रही है सूखी खांसी की वजह से कई बार खसते खसते इसको उल्टी हो जाती है और थोड़ा बहुत काम भी निकलता है। दिन और रात दोनों समय इस खांसी चलती रहती है। उल्टी होने पर थोड़ा बहुत बलगम निकलता है बाकी खांसी के अंदर कोई बलगम नहीं रहता है। कृपया उपचार बताएं।

  10. Rebecca Kuttickal says:

    I am 49 years old and had a hysterectomy on October 11th. At the moment I have a runny nose and nasal congestion. I am having tickling sensation in my throat, which is urging MD to cough and it is a dry cough. I am really scared of coughing, as it hurts my incision while I cough. Can you please suggest a homeo remedy to help me with my problems. Thank you.

  11. Ali Qureshi says:

    My wife Maryam is 78 years lady who is on oxygen for last six months for having IPF. Her dry coughing has increased to an unbearable degree. One of her lungs is said to be not working.
    Is there any specific homeo medicine that can give her immediate relief ?

    • Ashok Saxena says:

      Mujhe upper respiratory system per infection bana hi rahta hai kaafi ilaz ke baad bhi thik nhi ho raha hai cough bhi banata hai aur breathing problem creat hoti rahati hai mujhe koi homeopathic medicin advise kijie doctor sir

      • Ashok Saxena says:

        Dr mam I m also registered medical practitioner I was suffering from brochichitis year 1975 till time I take all medicines in allopathic and aaurvedic side but not relief and repeated upon disease mam . Dr gosamiji at district datia mp given advised me take pulsatilla 200 potency this medicin very powerful for me I take very relief this medicine .but my age 65 year old and take pulsatilla is not working till time advise doc mam plz thanks.

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