What is cough?
It is the technically forceful expulsion of air from the lungs through the throat. The peculiar coughing sound is produced when air forcefully passes through the epiglottis which is a flap cover like organ on your windpipe. Sometimes it is often caused by irritation in the throat.
Commonly the cough which occurs as a result of throat irritation is self-limiting but in certain cases, it can be a symptom of an underlying disease. There are some diseases which cause acute and sub-acute cough like cold, flu, acute bronchitis, sinusitis, pneumonia, whooping cough, asthma, allergies etc.
In Ayurveda, Acharya Sushruta has described cough as Kasa, in which abnormal Prana Vaayu along with Udaan Vaayu gets expelled through the mouth making a peculiar sound like a broken bronze vessel. The Kasa is mainly caused by Vata and Kapha dosha.
In Ayurveda Kasa (cough) is described as a separate disease. There are different types of Kasa enlisted Like Vataja, Pittaja, Kaphaja, Kshataja and Kshayaja.
Ayurveda home remedies for cough are as follows (Reference taken from Sushruta Samhita)-
DR. NITIN RANAKOTI