Treating Cough by Ayurveda

Updated at: Apr 15, 2015
Treating Cough by Ayurveda

The Ayurvedic treatment for cough classifies it into a kapha rog, or disease based on kapha. The treatment involves use of herbs and sticking to dietary restrictions.

Pratima Sharma
AyurvedaWritten by: Pratima SharmaPublished at: Jul 20, 2011

Cough is not a disease but merely a manifestation of any kind of obstruction in the tract which facilitates respiration. Although chemical based medicinal treatments for cough are easily available, most of them are known to stifle the mere outbursts alone. Ayurvedic treatment for cough is preferred because it addresses the root cause of the problem and aims to eliminate it. Moreover, chemical formulations for cough are also known to be responsible for side effects such as constipation and drowsiness. Hence, ayurvedic medicines for cough are considered favourable choices.



Ayurveda addresses cough as the Kapha Roga. Ayurvedic sciences primarily name the vata dosha as the prime cause of cough although kapha dosha and pitta dosha are also considered responsible. Ayurvedic treatment for cough can be bifurcated into two parts, the usage of herbs and abiding by dietary restrictions.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Cold and Cough with Herbs


Garlic :

If its whooping cough, garlic is one of the best remedies. Syrup made from 2 to 3 garlic cloves should be consumed twice or thrice a day.


Bay Berry:

If there is congestion in the throat along with cough, Bay Berry should be considered as an effective option of ayurvedic treatment for cough. The bark of the Bay Berry tree should be consumed in powdered form. It is known as an effective remedy for chronic bronchial infections as well.


Betel Leaves


Betel leaves:

Apply a paste of crushed leaves of Betel and water on the chest of the patient for effective relief from cough.


Belleric Myroblan:

The Belleric Myroblan fruit is considered to be an ideal ayurvedic treatment for cough.


Butea leaves:

You could also boil some Butea leaves in water. Cool it and use this solution as an effective mouthwash for treating sore throats and coughs. This solution has excellent antibiotic properties which help curing coughs caused due to septic and throat infections.





Sometimes, cough is a result of inflammation and infection in the pharynx. In such cases, cloves can be one of the most suitable ayurvedic remedies.


Fenugreek Seeds:

Another effective formulation for ayurvedic treatment of cough would be to take some fenugreek seeds and boil them in water for about 30 minutes. Use this solution for gargles. It provides suitable relief.



Henna is also extensively used in ayurvedic medicines for cough. It soothes sore throat and provides effective respite to cough and cold.


Ayurvedic treatment for cough and cold is also about dietary regulations. Some of the norms to be abided by would include:

  • Warm up the water before drinking as this would soothe the throat.
  • Avoid consuming anything cold directly from the fridge.
  • Do not consume veggies and fruits which have a cooling impact on the body. These would include papayas, oranges, watermelons, green bananas and cucumbers.
  • Preferably you should opt for consuming rice from an older crop if possible.
  • Consume fennel seeds on a regular basis along with some figs for excellent results.

The above mentioned remedies pertaining to ayurvedic treatment for cough would ensure long term sustained relief from cough and related ailments. You just need to follow the treatment regime religiously, over a period of time.

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