You know how sometimes your body tells you you're working too hard? Mine does and when I do fall sick, it's always the same. It starts with fever/chills and then works its way to a runny nose and sore throat and cough. I can tolerate the fever/chills, running nose/stuffed nose and sore throat but it's the cough that agonizes me the most.
While I do use healing on myself, I sometimes crave for extra boost. I was having this annoying hacking cough that seemed to be worse at night when I lay down. There's a good reason for this. Our Lung Qi is not flowing smoothly hence the coughing gets worse at night. My husband says my coughing sounds like a scooter that cannot start!
I've always been afraid of coughs because coughs can linger for a week. Not good when I have to do stuff and I really find that post-covid, everyone is anxious about any flu not to mention coughs. I try to stay home for a good part of my flu but I am also impatient and start rummaging through my cabinet for something to help ease the awfulness of the coughing.
I found this Eu Yan Sang Cough Relief in my cabinet and thought, why not? It is a box of 10 sachets of 3g worth of powdered herbs with the instruction to take 3 times a day. Each sachet is to be mixed with some warm water and taken in between meals or before meals. It tastes mildly sweet. I did find that it did relieve some of my cough symptoms.
Another remedy is Tiger Milk Mushroom capsules that you can get from any pharmacy. My friend swore that it cured her teenage son of his persistent coughing. She bought a brand named PureMed from her neighbourhood pharmacy.
I have heard of Tiger Milk Mushroom prior to this as my aunt made a herbal tea with the actual mushroom slices. (By the way, Tanjung Sepat' Ganoderma Mushroom Farm does sell all kinds of mushrooms and also of late, the Tiger Milk Mushroom.) Tiger Milk Mushroom got its claim to fame during covid when it was touted as THE herb to restore respiratory health post-covid. This mushroom is grown in Malaysia so it's a Malaysian product.
Anyway, I'm also healing myself every 2 hours (healing my Solar Plexus, Lungs and Throat Chakra and Throat) while taking this cough relief powder.
I also swirl a tablespoon of coconut oil in my mouth for 5 minutes in the morning - it helps remove bacteria that cause dental caries and there are quite a lot of people who believe in oil pulling (I don't only do this when I have a cough but it helps especially when I have a cough). It's an Ayurvedic practice of Hindu origins and while many Western folks scoff at the idea of swishing oil to improve one's health (besides teeth and gums), I actually feel the soreness in my throat disappearing when I did oil pulling.
I did make some astralagus tea for myself one day and I felt it did help but it is also true that one shouldn't imbibe anything nourishing while recuperating. Wait until one is fully recovered before making nourishing broths or soups.
Unfortunately, I haven't been to the market in a while so I didn't manage to get fresh watercress. Watercress is still one of the best ways to heal a cough.
What have you tried for your own coughing?