The natural remedies of the Indian tribes to treat coughs, colds and sore throats in children

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What we consider a common cold or cough can be very dangerous situations for children in developing countries. Pharmaceutical products are not always available to treat various diseases and this is why local populations continue to use their natural recipes to treat and treat children. Here are a few



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As we know, every people has its own traditions also in terms of natural medicine. Therefore, herbal remedies suitable for treating the most common health problems come from far away. In this sense, tribes from all over the world preserve a treasure of natural recipes that even modern medicine should rediscover by evaluating their real effectiveness.



What we consider a common cold or cough can be very dangerous situations for children in developing countries. Pharmaceutical products are not always available to treat various diseases and this is why local populations continue to use their natural recipes to treat and treat children.

In India, for example, in the Patalkot valley, local tribes use traditional methods of healing through herbs. According to their experience these formulations (obviously made with plants typical of the area) are safe and non-toxic for babies and children and are still used today by local healers (known as Bhumka) in particular to treat coughs, colds and sore throats.

We present some of them.

  • Fresh extract of abro root (Abrus precatorius): it is used in case of cough. 10 grams of roots are put in 10 ml of water and given to children 2 times a day for 3 days.
  • Decoction of coriander, cumin and roots of aromatic Calamus (Acorus calamus): a decoction is prepared using an equal quantity of these ingredients, then 10 ml of what is obtained is given to children after meals.
  • Calamus rhizome aromatic: this natural remedy is used in case of cough. A piece of rhizome is made to hold in the child's mouth.
  • Justicia adhatoda juice and honey: a mixture made with the juice of the leaves of this plant (6ml) and honey (4ml) is given to children in case of cough.
  • Onion juice and honey: this is a more familiar remedy. It is used in case of cold and cough using a teaspoon of raw onion juice with half a teaspoon of honey. It should be left to rest and macerate for 3-4 hours and then given to the child.
  • Methi Pakoda: it is a special dish known for its beneficial properties for coughs, it is prepared during the winter period using chopped garlic, ginger, trigonella and chilli pepper and fried in rapeseed oil. It is served hot to relieve sore throats and coughs.
  • Aloe: the use of aloe barbadensis leaves from which the juice is extracted to which honey and Syzygium aromaticum powder are added. The compound is given to the child 2 times a day in case of cough.
  • Radice di Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus): the powder extracted from this plant is added to a glass of warm water in case of illness.
  • Mix against whooping cough and sore throat: the same quantity of sacred basil root powder, Aconitum ferox buds, Long Pepper fruit, Pistacia chinensis leaves and Cyperus rotundus roots are used together. About 2 g of this mix is ​​given to the patient along with honey.
  • carissa piled up from miele: the juice extracted from the leaves of this plant (5 ml) combined with honey (4 ml) is given in case of dry cough.
  • coloquintide (Citrullus colocynthis): a cut is made on the fruit of this plant and filled with black pepper seeds. Everything is dried in the sunlight for 5 days, at which point it should be taken together with honey to treat coughs.
  • Decoction of coriander and cumin: to these two ingredients is also added the lymph of Ocimum sanctum (holy basil) to treat cough.
  • Mix at Cedro (in juice), toasted asafoetida, myrobolanum powder, terminalia bellirica powder, amla and licorice powder. The mixture should be divided into two parts, the first should be administered in the morning on an empty stomach and the second before going to sleep.
  • Latte and turmeric or pepe: recipe reminiscent of golden milk, includes the addition of boiled turmeric powder together with milk to treat colds and coughs. In another variant, cow's milk is combined with a pinch of black pepper, then sugar is added before giving it to the child.
  • Whooping cough recipe: according to the healers of the village of Harra Ka Chhar, to combat whooping cough, you can add Carum ajowan powder (Trachyspermum ammi) in the dose of 5 g of milk (150 ml) and of Curcuma longa powder (2 g) in a pot of terracotta. You have to boil everything for 15 minutes before letting it cool down and take.
  • Mango: To relieve dry coughs, this ripe fruit should be roasted in an earth stove and then given to the child.
  • Guava: in case of dry cough, this ripe fruit should be taken twice a day.

We recall that to date the practices of the Bhumka have not been subjected to clinical studies to evaluate their potential. So let's avoid experimenting, especially the more unusual ones (which is difficult since many of these plants are really difficult to find in our latitudes!). Instead, we can continue to use the remedies we already know such as milk with turmeric, aloe vera juice, onion with honey, etc.



In case of a cold, cough or sore throat, read also:

  • COOLING: 10 NATURAL REMEDIES THAT REALLY WORK
  • 10 NATURAL REMEDIES AND DO-IT-YOURSELF SYRUPS FOR COUGH

However, we believe that this traditional knowledge can serve as a useful starting point for modern science, always looking for new remedies.

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