Common Cough & Cold
It is a catarrhal and inflammatory condition of
upper respiratory tract due to viral, allergic or mixed infection.
In Ayurveda it is known as PRATISHYAYA mainly due to vitiation of
Symptoms & Causes
Due to vitiation of Kapha upper Respiratory
tract is inflamed and congested. Sneezing, coughing, running nose,
heaviness of head followed by inflammation of mucus membrane of
nose, body aches, chill and loss of appetite. Allergens, Virus.
Bacteria are the common causative factors of this disease. A cough
may be caused by the inflammation of the larynx or the pharynx.
and develop in the chest due to change in weather. The real cause
of this disorder is clogging of the bronchial tubes with waste
matters.. The reason for higher incident of cough during winter
than other seasons due to intake of catarrh - forming foods such
as white bread, meat, sugar, porridge, puddings, and pies .Hay
fever, flu, sinusitis etc are the associated causes of this
disease. According to Ayurveda Pratishyaya is classified in to
VATAJ, PITTAJ, KAPHAJ and TRIDOSHAJ types. In Vataj type there is
pain in sinus cavity with sneezing, pittaj type is with fever and
in kaphaj type there are whitish secretion and dull headache.
||In case of
severe cold and cough and when fever is present the patient
should abstain from all solid foods and only drink food and
vegetable juices diluted with water. After this the patient
should adopt an all fruit diet for two to three days. Taking
three meals a day of fresh juicy fruits such as apple, pears,
grapes, oranges, pinepples, peaches and melons. For drinks
unsweetened lemon water, or cold or hot plain water may be
given. After the all fruit diet, the patient can gradually
embark upon a well balanced diet, with emphasis on whole grain
cereals, raw or lightly cooked vegetables and fresh fruits.
The patient should avoid soft drink , candies, ice-creams, and
all products made from sugar and white flour.