Cough is spontaneous or repetitive occurrence of violent and audible expulsion of air from the lungs. Coughing is a reflex to protect the respiratory system, in which the body seeks to expel irritants substances and secretions.
The cough usually follows a process initiated by a strong inspiration, causing the closure of the glottis and consequently blocking the air in the lungs. The muscles and diaphragm contract against the lungs and the glottis opens suddenly and forcibly contracted by releasing the air.
An healthy person tends to cough occasionally to renew the air and clear the airway, but a person with respiratory problems or involved in denser or polluted environments, will cough more often and at length – one to two weeks, if the cough lasts more than two weeks is considered chronic, , it must therefore request an assistance of a health professional. request the assistance of a health professional.
Coughing is divided into two groups: dry – there is no production of secretions (expectoration) – and the production – in which there is production of sputum.
The cough is often caused by respiratory infections: cold, influenza, bronchitis (inflammation of the bronchi), whooping cough, pneumonia, tuberculosis (bacterial infections), asthma and fungal infections. A cough can also be caused by other factors such as air pollution, tobacco, smoke and dust.
Phytotherapy is the oldest therapeutic systems in the world, belonging to traditional Chinese medicine, characterized by studying the medicinal plants and the sias applications in curing various diseases, including cough. Phytotherapy recommends some cough remedies: Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) for its antitussive and demulcent properties, Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), recognized by the German Commission E Monographs because of its anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties. The Evening Primrose oil (Oenothera biennis) is a good medicine for whooping cough, as well as inhalation of Red Clover flowers herbal tea (Trifolium pratense) for the treatment of asthma.
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