Dry cough is the body's natural way of defending against irritants in the throat or air passages. Every person has experienced cough at some point in life. It can be just a reaction to a foreign substance or body in the throat, but it can be a sign of some more serious disease, especially if your cough is persistent and followed by breathing difficulties. There are many causes of dry cough but the most common cause is some kind of respiratory tract infection. Other causes of cough may include gastroesophageal reflux disease and lung cancer. Cough can be an adverse reaction to some medications. Cough can also be triggered by air pollution, exposing to chemicals or smoking. Another cause of cough is choking when there is a blockage in the throat.
Homeopathy is a way of treating sick people with diluted substances instead of medications. Homeopathy is a holistic approach to medicine which relies on the body's natural power to heal. Each person with a certain health problem will talk to a homeopath for some time. Your homeopath will decide what the best medication for your condition is.
There are various homeopathic dry cough remedies. Belladonna is used for sudden and intense cough which makes your face red and sweaty. Bryonia is used when cold air enters your lungs, which causes painful and dry cough, and dry mouth. Cough caused by asthma or triggered by some stressful situation, especially in hypersensitive people, is treated with chamomile. Aconitum napellus is used in similar situation as chamomile. The difference is that aconitum napellus is given in early stages of asthma or croup. Ferrum phosphoricum is recommended for short and painful cough caused by a respiratory tract infection or an allergy. For sever and intense cough followed by breathing difficulties or even vomiting, ipecacuanha is the best option. This remedy is also good for asthma attacks.
One of the best home remedies for dry cough is a mixture of onion juice and honey. Leave the mixture for several hours and take it two times a day. Green tea sweetened with honey is also recommended for people who deal with dry cough. Ginger tea will also help you ease dry cough. Other good home remedies are a mixture of cinnamon and hot water, and oregano boiled in water. You can make your own paste with raisins, sugar and water. This paste should be taken once a day in the evening.