Homeopathic cough remedies

A cough is a forceful release of air from the lungs that can be heard. Coughing protects the respiratory system by clearing it of irritants and secretions. While people can generally cough voluntarily, a true cough is usually a reflex triggered when an irritant stimulates one or more of the cough receptors found at different points in the respiratory system. These receptors then send a message to the cough center in the brain, which in turn tells the body to cough.

A cough begins with a deep breath in, at which point the opening between the vocal cords at the upper part of the larynx (glottis) shuts, trapping the air in the lungs. As the diaphragm and other muscles involved in breathing press against the lungs, the glottis suddenly opens, producing an explosive outflow of air at speeds greater than 100 miles (160 km) per hour.

In normal situations, most people cough once or twice an hour during the day to clear the airway of irritants. However, when the level of irritants in the air is high or when the respiratory system becomes infected, coughing may become frequent and prolonged.

Coughing may interfere with exercise or sleep, and it may also cause distress if accompanied by dizziness, chest pain, or breathlessness.

When a cough does not subside after three or four days, one must consult family homeopathic physician.

There are many homeopathic remedies for cough in homeopathic books and homeopathic softwares:

Boenninghausen’s Repertory – BBCR

A separate chapter on Cough is there, and general rubric contains 119 remedies for cough:

Cough; GENERAL (119) : ACON., agar., agn., alum., am-c., am-m., ambr., anac., ang., ant-c., ant-t., arg., arn., ARS., asaf., asar., aur., bar-c., BELL., bism., bor., bov., BRY., calad., Calc., camph., canth., caps., carb-an., CARB-V., caust., Cham., chin., cic., cina, clem., cocc., coff., colch., coloc., Con., croc., cupr., cycl., dig., DROS., Dulc., euphr., ferr., graph., guai., hell., Hep., Hyos., Ign., Iod., IP., KALI-BI., kali-c., kali-n., kreos., lach., laur., led., Lyc., mag-c., mag-m., mang., meny., merc., mez., mosch., mur-ac., nat-c., nat-m., nit-ac., nux-m., NUX-V., olnd., op., par., petr., ph-ac., PHOS., phyt., plat., plb., PULS., ran-b., ran-s., rheum, rhod., rhus-t., ruta, sabad., sabin., samb., sars., sec., sel., seneg., SEP., sil., spig., spong., squil., Stann., staph., stram., stront-c., sul-ac., SULPH., tab., tarax., teucr., thuj., VERAT., verb., zinc.

Boericke’s Repertory

A separate chapter on Cough is there, and all symptoms realted to cough are devided in 4 sub-sections – Cause, Type, Concomitants and Modalities.

Clarke’s Clinical Repertory

Clinical; Cough (144 homeopathic remedies) : abies-n., acal., acon., aesc-g., aeth., aether, agar., all-c., all-s., aln., aloe, alum., am-br., am-c., am-m., ambr., anac., anis., ant-s., ant-t., aphis., aral., arg., arg-cy., ars., asc-t., astac., bell., bism., brom., bry., cahin., calc., calc-f., calc-s., caps., carb-an., carb-v., casc., caust., cham., chel., chin., chr-o., cimx., cina, clem., coca, cod., colch., con., cop., cor-r., croto-t., cupr., cur., daph., dios., dirc., dol., dros., erig., ery-a., ery-m., eug., eup-per., euph., euphr., eupi., ferr., ferr-p., form., gad., guai., hep., hyos., ictod., ind., inul., iod., iodof., ip., kali-c., kali-i., kali-ma., lach., lachn., lact., laur., lepi., linu-c., lip., lob., lob-s., lyc., lycps., m-aust., mag-c., mag-p., mag-s., mand., meli., merc., myos., myrt-c., narc-ps., nat-m., nicc., nit-ac., nux-m., nux-v., oena., ol-j., oxyg., oxyt., ph-ac., phel., phos., phyt., pip-n., polyg., psor., puls., raph., rumx., samb., sanic., sant., senec., seneg., sil., sin-n., spong., staph., stict., still., stroph., sulph., ther., trif-p., tus-fa., verb., wye., zinc-i.

Roger’s Complete Repertory

A separate chapter on Cough is there.

Synthesis Repertory

A separate chapter on Cough is there.

Kent’s Repertory

A separate chapter on Cough is there.

Knerr’s Repertory

A separate chapter on Cough is there alongwith a general rubric having 176 homeopathic remedies:

Cough; GENERAL, in (176 remedies) : acal., acet-ac., Acon., Aesc., Agar., All-c., all-s., Alum., Alum-met., am-br., Am-c., Am-m., Ambr., anac., anis., Ant-c., ant-s., ANT-T., apis, Arg., Arg-n., Arn., ARS., ars-i., ars-s-f., arum-d., Arum-t., asaf., asar., aur., Bad., Bapt., Bar-c., Bell., benz-ac., bor., bov., BROM., BRY., bufo, Cact., Calc., calc-ar., calc-f., calc-p., Caps., Carb-an., Carb-v., card-m., CAUST., Cham., Chel., Chin., Chlor., chr-ac., cimic., Cina, cist., Coc-c., Coca, cocc., cocci-s., coff., colch., coll., com., Con., cop., Cor-r., croc., crot-h., Croto-t., Cub., Cupr., Cur., cycl., dig., dol., DROS., Dulc., elaps, eug., Eup-per., euph., ferr., Ferr-p., Gels., graph., ham., HEP., hippoz., HYOS., Ign., indg., IOD., Ip., ipom., Kali-bi., kali-br., Kali-c., Kali-i., Kali-m., KREOS., Lach., lact., laur., led., lith-c., Lob., LYC., Lycps., mag-c., mag-m., mag-p., mag-s., Mang., meli., Meph., Merc., Merc-i-r., mez., mill., Mosch., Mur-ac., naja, nat-ar., Nat-c., NAT-M., nat-s., Nicc., NIT-AC., Nux-m., Nux-v., ol-j., Op., osm., Petr., Ph-ac., phel., PHOS., Phyt., Plat., Psor., Puls., rhod., Rhus-t., rhus-v., RUMX., sabad., SAMB., Sang., senec., Seneg., SEP., Sil., spig., SPONG., Squil., STANN., staph., Stict., Stram., sul-ac., SULPH., syph., tarent., ter., ther., Thuj., uva., verat., verat-v., Verb., Zinc., zing., ziz.

Murphy’s Repertory

C; Coughing; COUGH, remedies (94 homeopathic remedies for cough) : Acon., aeth., agar., ambr., anan., ang., ant-c., Ant-t., anth., arg-n., arn., ars., arum-t., Bac., bad., Bell., brom., Bry., calad., calc., carbn-h., carbn-s., Carb-v., Caust., cham., chel., Cina, cocc., Coc-c., con., Cor-r., croc., crot-c., Cupr., dig., Dros., elaps, ferr-p., Hep., hydr-ac., Hyos., ign., indg., iod., Ip., jatr., kali-c., kali-bi., kali-br., kali-chl., kali-n., kali-p., kali-s., kreos., lach., lact., laur., lob., lyc., mag-c., mag-p., mang., Meph., Merc., merc-c., merc-i-r., nat-m., nicc., nit-ac., Nux-v., op., Phos., phyt., plb., psor., Puls., Rumx., sabad., sang., sarr., seneg., Sep., sil., Spong., Squil., Stann., staph., sulph., sul-ac., Tarent., thuj., Tub., Verat., zinc.


So, I would say, there is no short-cut for homeopathic cough remedies, only a qualified homeopathic doctor would be the right person to prescribe homeopathic medicine based on analysis of your case, symptoms and signs.

Enjoy your best health with homeopathy.

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Dr. Anil Singhal MD (Homeo)