Ayurvedic Home Remedy For Cough Due To Pitta Increase

This is a simple and easy to prepare Ayurvedic home remedy for cough due to Pitta imbalance.

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For this we need –
Tribulus – Gokshura – fine powder – 10 grams
Long Pepper – Pippali – fine powder – 10 grams
Dates – 10 grams
Raisins – 10 grams.
Honey – 10 grams
Ghee (clarified Butter) – 5 grams

Method of preparation

How to make?
First take seedless dates and raisins and make them into paste.
Add Tribulus, Long pepper powders to this paste, mix well.
Add honey and ghee and mix well.


As per traditional Ayurveda, it is indicated in cough of Pitta origin. The symptoms of cough of Pitta origin include –
Cough with yellow coloured sputum
Bitterness in the mouth
Feeling of fumes inside
Excessive thirst and burning sensation
Anorexia – lack of interest in food


5 grams once or twice a day, 5 minutes before food along with honey or water.
How long to take? 
For 2 – 4 weeks.

Mode of action

How does it work?
Long pepper is a known anti-tussive herb. It is one of the ingredients of Trikatu Churna, which is commonly used in cough, cold, etc.
Tribulus is a common herb used in the treatment of cough.
Ghee, Dates and Raisins have soothing action and they balance Pitta.
Honey is very well known for its action against cough and sore throat.

For children and during pregnancy

Safe for kids?
Yes, it is safe for kids above 2 years age. For them, the dose would be just a gram two times a day.

Safe for pregnant mothers?
It is better to avoid all Ayurvedic products, including this one during pregnancy.
It is safe to take this during lactation period.

Side effects

Any side effects?
Nothing. Just a slight burning sensation in stomach for people with sensitive stomach / gastritis.
Since it contains honey, people with high blood sugar levels should seek medical advice before taking this.
It is advisable to take up this (or any other home remedy) with professional advice only. Self medication is best avoided.

Why ghee is less than the other ingredients? 
We have learnt in wrong food combinations session that honey and ghee should not be taken in equal quantities. Hence, honey is taken a bit more and ghee a bit less in this remedy.

4 comments on “Ayurvedic Home Remedy For Cough Due To Pitta Increase

  • rajendar menen

    19/12/2013 - 2:55 pm

    About food combinations: Triphala choorna one spoon, ghee one spoon and honey half spoon with warm water is recommended by you. is the food combination okay? ..I mean the ghee and honey.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      19/12/2013 - 4:01 pm

      Hi Ghee and honey in different quantities is fine. They should not be used in same quantities as per Ayurveda.

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  • Gaurav

    19/12/2013 - 5:23 pm

    Regarding ‘cough of Pitta origin having yellow colored sputum’ – is this a remedy for ‘wet’ cough i.e. with profuse sputum? Or is this for more like dry cough with just a little bit of sputum?

    Also, ‘feeling of fumes’ — is this heat in the mouth? Or is it a feeling of suffocation in breathing?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      19/12/2013 - 6:11 pm

      Hi, we will learn about cough and its Dosha imbalance in features in a future article.
      Just to clarify here, there will be small amount of yellow coloured thick sputum in Pittaja Kasa.
      Feeling of fumes – the Ayurveda term is Dhoomayana – it suggests that there is heat in mouth and increased hotness in chest. When patient coughs, he feels his breath to be very hot. There is no suffocation involved here.

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