Last week, I wrote about my bad experience with the antibiotic azithromycin, prescribed to treat a heavy cough that had me hacking for weeks.
Although modern pharmacology bombed in this case, something else succeeded in ending that persistent cough.
The treatment? A few cups of an herbal tea widely used in Nepal and India to treat coughs.
I asked my Nepali witch doctor for the recipe. Here's his reply:
- 2-3 tablespoons of cumin seeds
- 1 tablespoon of turmeric
- 2-3 tablespoons of minced ginger
- Salt to your taste
- 1.5 cups of water
Heat the pot. Put in the cumin seeds and stir them until they turn golden brown. Add water, turmeric and ginger. Let the water boil on medium heat for a while (8-10 minutes) until 1.5 cups water is down close to 1 cup.
This was the treatment that I gave you. Besides this, there are other things that one can do like:This link describes the Indian/Nepali herbal relief that worked for me. Check under the heading "How To Get Instant Relief From Cough."
Next time you get sick, I won't tell you my secrets. You ask for more on the follow up instead of just sitting quietly and enjoying the cure.
- (i) Add 1 tablespoon of turmeric to warm milk and drink it before you go to bed.
- (ii) Add 1 tablespoon of turmeric in a spoon of honey and take it.
Caveat on My Earlier Remarks about Antibiotics
I wrote last week that clinical trials on drugs seldom include seniors, or consider how dosage requirements might vary for older patients. I mentioned that I was better served by cutting pills in half, but that the azithromycin pill couldn't be cut in half.
My daughter sent me an email with this appropriate warning: "Don’t be halving antibiotics—that kind of behavior (and failure to finish full prescription) is what breeds antibiotic resistance."