In case of mild cough, the patient can begin with an all-fruit diet for five to seven days, taking three meals a day of fresh juicy fruits such as apples, pears, grapes, grape-fruit, oranges, pineapple, peaches and melon. For drinks, unsweetened lemon water or cold or hot plain water may be taken. After the all fruit diet, the patient should follow a well-balanced diet, with emphasis on whole grain cereals, raw or lightly-cooked vegetables and fresh fruits.
The patient should avoid meats, sugar, tea, coffee, condiments, pickles, refined and processed foods. He or she should also avoid soft drinks, candies, ice-cream and all products made' from sugar and white flour.
One of the most effective home remedies is the use of grapes. They tone up the lungs and act as an expectorant. Simple cold and cough are relieved through its use in a couple of days. A combination of honey with grape juice is specific for cough.
Almonds are useful in dry coughs. They should be soaked in water for about an hour or so and the brown skin removed. They should then be ground well to form a fine paste and 20 grams each of butter and sugar added to it. This paste should be given in the morning and evening.
Onion is valuable in cough. This vegetable should be chopped fine and juice extracted from it. This juice mixed with honey and kept for four or five hours will make an excellent cough syrup. It is also useful in removing phlegm. A medium size onion should be crushed, the juice of one lemon should be added to it, and then one cup of boiling water should be poured on it. Some honey should be added for taste and it should be taken two or three times a day.
The root of turmeric plant is useful in dry cough. The root should be roasted and powdered. This powder should be taken in three gram doses twice daily in the morning and evening.
The herb belleric myroblan is a household remedy for cough. A mixture of the pulp of the fruit, long pepper and honey should be administered for the treatment of this condition. The dried fruit covered with wheat flour and roasted, is another popular remedy for cough condition.
A sauce made from raisins is valuable in cough. This sauce is prepared by grinding 100 grams of raisins with water. About 100 grams of sugar should be mixed with it and the mixture should be heated and preserved when the bulk has turned saucy. This sauce should be taken in 20 grams dose at bed time daily.
Aniseed is also useful in hard dry cough with difficult expectoration. It breaks up mucus. A tea made from this spice should be taken regularly for treating this condition.