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<data:blog.pageTitle/> <data:blog.pageName/> ~ <data:blog.title/> Coughing is the body's natural response to any blockage of the airway. That might include dust and traffic fumes or mucus resulting from infection. Coughing can also be a symptom of more serious illness, so professional medical attention is needed for any cough that persists for more than a few days or where there is no obvious cause.

Western herbal medicine uses a range of remedies for coughs: some encourage the production of phlegm, while others act as cough suppressants. These are often combined with antimicrobial's to combat infection or with tonic herbs to help strengthen the lungs.

Chinese medicine often uses similar plants, but these tend to be defined as "directional" remedies that will send lung Qi downward or generally improve Qi circulation. Catarrh and phlegm are associated with excess heat and dampness-pneumonia, bronchitis, and similar congestive problems are seen as phlegm-heat blocking the lung and interfering with the normal Qi flow. Many traditional cough remedies are also now known to be strongly antibacterial and expectorant.

Ayurvedic remedies are usually either anti-pitta, in order to clear excess heat from the system, or more drying if the problem is associated with too much kapha or watery catarrh.

PHLEGM: Coughs con be dry and irritating or productive, with phlegm that con vary in shade from white to green. Colored phlegm generally indicates an infection and, if it is streaked with blood, then professional medical help is required.

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