By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD
It is an annoying complaint of many, catching cold and cough soon after enjoying a delicious cup of ice cream. often associated with cough and sore throat among the people who consume ice cream. The incidence remains in higher among people who take ice cream at night, as Kapha Dosha is more dominant at that time.
The incidence of cough and cold after ice cream is seen more during rainy season and during winter.
As per Ayurveda, season, individuals Dosha constitution (Kapha), time of intake of ice cream too contribute in manifestation of cold as well as sore throat.
With more and more restrictions are laid over the use of antibiotics, it is high time to look at home remedies and Ayurvedic medicines to treat cough and cold.
Ayurvedic tablets for chewing-
Khadiradi vati – soothes throat and nose, expectorant of phlegm (expels out phlegm)
Lavangadi vati – Anti tussive, expectorant
Vyoshadi vati -Expectorant, carminative, digestive,anti-tussive
Ayurvedic medicines for oral intake:
Pippalyasava – immuno modulator, expectoarant, broncho dilator, anti histaminic
Draksharishtha – soothener, rejuvinative, expectorant
Kanakasava – digestive, anti histaminic, broncho-dilator
Dashamoolakatutrayadi kashaya -expectorant,broncho dilator
Vasakarishtha – soothener of the throat and buccal cavity,expectorant
Sitopaladi choorna – anti tussive, expectorant
Talisadi choorna-anti tussive
Eladashamoola lehya – broncho dilator
Chyavanaprash -tonic, immuno-modulator, expectorant
Agasthya rasayana-expectorant, rejuvinative
Haridra khanda – anti histaminic, immune modulator etc
Patent Ayurvedic medicines –
Kasoril (Acharya sushruta)
Bresol Syrup (Himalaya) etc
Home remedies for cold, sore throat and cough caused due to ice cream
1. Betel leaf juice – 1 teaspoon is mixed with 1 teaspoon of honey and licked. This prevents the chances of getting cold and also pacifies the complaint once if cold and cough manifests.
2. Tulsi leaf juice is extracted. 1 teaspoon of this is added with a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of pepper powder. This mix is consumed in half – 1 teaspoon dose once or twice a day after food.
3. Dry ginger is taken along with little salt and chewed immediately after ice cream intake. This pacifies sore throat immediately.
Warm water intake soon after ice cream reduces the intensity of cold.
If you are observing that particular brand of ice cream is causing the cough and cold, then try to avoid those brands.
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Effective Remedies And Herbal Treatment For Cold Due To Rain And Winter
Include ginger, turmeric and pepper in minute quantities in your diet. Soon after you are home, make sure you dry your hairs.
Try replacing cold water with warm water. As per Ayurveda, warm water helps to relieve Kapha Dosha. Imbalance of Kapha Dosha is the main reason for cold and cough.
Ginger tea is better than normal tea.
Take raw guggulu from the market, add a bit of turmeric and neem powder to it, burn it and inhale the fumes from a distance of one meter for a couple of minutes, soon after you return home.
Or, put turmeric powder in a hot pan and inhale the fumes. It helps to relieve cold and allergy.
Herbal treatment for cold with Ayurveda medicines –
Please remember that taking Ayurvedic medicine needs a consultation with Ayurvedic doctor. Here are a few common medicines used to relieve cold and cough.
Trikatu Churna – It is a simple combination of three spices – pepper, long pepper and ginger. It helps to improve digestion strength and relieves cold and rhinitis. However, it is not suitable for people with sensitive stomach or gastritis.
Vyoshadi vataka – contains ginger pepper, long pepper etc. It is good for cold and viral fever.
Panchanimbadi Gulika – Contains Neem as the main ingredient. It is excellent antiviral and antibacterial, keeps repeated allergies and infections at bay on long term usage.
Vilwadi Gulika – One of the most common antiviral and antibacterial medicine used in Ayurvedic treatment.
Amrutottaram kashayam tablet – It contains Indian Tinospora (Giloy, Guduchi) as the main ingredient. It is an excellent ayurvedic remedy for fever. Tinospora’s immune-modulator and anti-fever activity have been scientifically established.
Sitopaladi Churna – It is yet another simple combination of five herbs.It acts as mucolytic and expectorant.