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Natural Remedies Relieve Chest Congestion Due to Mucus Formation

Updated on March 27, 2020
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The author hails from South Indian village, situated in the South-West coastal region. He is into farm science and agriculture.

Corona Pandemic

The most advanced countries along with other nations of the world are now having the headache because of COVID-19. It needs to be tackled with the centuries-old traditional methods and practices of health and hygiene such as social distancing.

As long as there is no vaccination against this pandemic malady, people are very much fearful. Once any person gets exposed to infection and acquires disease then there is only symptomatic treatment available as on date.

Some of the traditional medicinal herbs act as probiotics as well as acting safely as endocrinal stimulants for curing the symptoms at organic levels. The traditional ayurvedic system has some of the immunity developing medicines from natural herbs. This may become very much useful to tolerate the disease by overcoming from the disease symptoms easily.

Heart-shaped leaf of Tinospora
Heart-shaped leaf of Tinospora

Importance of Medicines

Some of the Indian doctors have felt that administering chloroquine helps COVID-19 patients to recover faster. This has created an export of this particular drug from India. As a result, scarcity within the country has been anticipated and the Government of India has taken a decision to prevent the export of chloroquine drug.

When we look into to the age-old tradition of natural herbal medicine in India, we come across some of the unique herbs such as the Heart-leaved Moonseed plant, the bitter Swertia plant, the sweet Glycyrrhiza plant, etc. Understanding the values of these plants will be helpful for utilising them during eventualities to overcome drug scarcity.

Tinospora is useful as a prophylactic natural remedy. So are the homoeopathic medicines mentioned in this article. The plant Swertia and Glycyrrhiza are useful in curative natural medicine for bringing down fever and being anti-inflammatory. While under expert medical practitioners advice these are useful at local levels.

Well known mucolytic creeper plant
Well known mucolytic creeper plant

Tinospora cordifolia (Menispermaceae)

This woody climber has wonderful medicine. In common English, it is known as Heart-leaved Moonseed creeper. It can even diminish the symptoms of COVID-19 caused respiratory congestion. Tinospora has been recognised for its medicinal properties in traditional Indian medicine for the past many generations as antipyretic2. In Sanskrit, it is known as Guduchi, in common language as Amrita Valli or Giloe.

The woody vines of the plant, of about 15 grams fresh weight, are cut into pieces and made into a paste along with 2-3 black pepper seeds by mixing it with boiled cooled water and made into 100 ml. It can be had in a single dose at night. If the symptoms do not vanish completely it maybe had once again on the next night. While giving to children, a small amount of honey can be mixed for taste. The concoction does not have neither bad taste or smell nor any bad effects. It is tasteless and therefore easy to have. Only thing is that the children might not like to have it as such.

It is good for digestive problems also. In such cases where stomach ache and vomiting sensation occurs, its stem of about 20-30 grams is crushed and boiled in half a litre of water. It can be had in equal proportions for three days after boiling and cooling. It helps the person remain healthy and cures mild diabetes. However, for those who are having hypoglycaemia, it must be carefully administered by a physician.

Fresh pieces of the creeper are very effective in medicine. It is good for relieving from symptoms of fever. It is also very useful for various viral fevers. It becomes useful for obesity and arthritis. It has healthy principles for the heart with good antioxidant properties. The stem has full of glandular skin. The creeper which is woody and upon crushing, the internal woody stem separates from the skin. It is an excellent mucolytic preparation. Mucous congestion gets dissolved and vanishes easily, helping the patient to recover health.

The stem after years of growth it accumulates carbohydrate. It can be extracted and used in medicine. It is considered as a useful tonic for gastric wellness.

This plant can be easily grown in the home garden or kitchen garden and also in pots on the terrace. It can be vegetatively propagated through root cuttings. It forms an integral part of medicinal plants garden, Its heart-shaped 7 ribbed leaves remain evergreen throughout the year. It grows well with the support of trees and partial shade is good for profuse growth. It is in fact, hardy and overcomes short period of drought situations.

In total, this is a very useful natural medicine for holistic health. Even though it is a fresh herbal natural medicine, its products as juice, powder, dried stem and medicinal sinus support capsular formulations and tablets. These are available in the online markets also.

Well growing Tinospora in medicinal garden
Well growing Tinospora in medicinal garden

Swertia chiriata (Gentianaceae)

It is a wonderful herb which grows in bulky green cover.

It brings down body temperature during fever and also reducing bacterial and viral infection. It has been very effectively used in malaria in the form of Gentia chiriata or Swertia chiriata mother tincture, 20 drops diluted in water. Though the plant parts are very bitter in taste, they are very effective. Some of its herbal products are available in the markets.

This plant in the front yard looks very dark green and attractive. It gives a better appearance for the hedges. Narrow-leaved herbaceous habitat gives it a unique attraction.

Kiratakitka plant in medicinal garden
Kiratakitka plant in medicinal garden

Homoeopathic Medicines

Homoeopathic treatments are said to be effective as far as symptomatic curings are concerned. The medicines are made from ultra dilutions of compounds so that traces are also not recognizable. But curing of fever, viral fevers and bacterial infections through the homoeopathic system are said to be highly effective.

Mother tincture prepared from Swertia plants is used in homoeopathic medicine for curing fever and arthritis. These types of homoeopathic medicines are recently gaining popularity as they act as immune boosters.

Arsenicum album 30 has been under discussion recently because of COVID-19 and was claimed that it could be a potential medicine to relieve from the symptoms of disease caused by this Coronavirus.

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Stay Healthy

Remaining healthy is important for minimising the risks of virus attacks. For this purpose diet including vitamin C in the form of citrus juice is suggested as a nutritional supplement for all. Lemon is considered as the topmost sources of vitamin C naturally available to use directly for consumption.

Our biodiversity is rich in terms of usefulness. By utilizing the available biodiversity, there are important medicines already available for many types of diseases. Some of the existing remedies may be useful for the newly emerged pandemic disease. Correctly identifying the plant and utilising it in only required quantities is very important in the field of natural medicine. By obtaining practical guidance from expert physicians will be a morale booster on one hand and also a life saving helping hand on the other.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 Halemane Muralikrishna


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    • hmkrishna profile imageAUTHOR

      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      10 hours ago from South India

      Thank you Mr Prateek, immunity is the one which helps us grow and live in the world with microorganisms and allergens. Immunity enhancing therapies are also picking up nowadays in many parts of the world.

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      Prateek Jain 

      11 hours ago from Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

      Informative and interesting article sir. This is the demand of current time to be aware and search for substitute ways to improve our immunity and fight against the virus. Ery well explained everything which is required to know regarding the cure for this pandemic virus.

    • hmkrishna profile imageAUTHOR

      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      2 days ago from South India

      Thank you Mr Sreelesh for your comments on my article and appreciating its value.

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      3 days ago

      Very informative article at this current situation.

    • Prantika Samanta profile image

      Prantika Samanta 

      4 days ago from Kolkata, India

      Boosting immunity is important and nothing can be better if we can do that with the help of herbs and medicines.

      It is an informative article.

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      Mitara N 

      4 days ago from South Africa

      Natural herbal remedies, is always best,

      Medical information says even antibiotic is unable to treat the cause at this point. And we all need to build up our immune system, as this is scary times, and we all need to maintain a healthy lifestyle

      If you don't mind I would like to link your article to mine as related information, as you give a lot of valuable information:

      Let me know your thoughts on it

    • hmkrishna profile imageAUTHOR

      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      4 days ago from South India

      Thank you Ms Suchismita for spending your time on my article and sharing your opinion.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      4 days ago from India

      Very informative article.Prevention is better than cure.Boosting the immunity is very important now a days.These natural remedies always helps.Thanks for sharing.

    • hmkrishna profile imageAUTHOR

      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      4 days ago from South India

      Thank you sir, for your observations.

    • hmkrishna profile imageAUTHOR

      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      4 days ago from South India

      Thank for your reading of my article. The video is shared from someone liking the natural remedy herbs like me. Photos are of course from my garden.

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      MG Singh 

      5 days ago from Singapore

      You have given a wealth of information in this article. Natural and herbal remedies definitely have an effect but there are very few people know about them. Thank you for a wonderful article.

    • hmkrishna profile imageAUTHOR

      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      5 days ago from South India

      Thank you, Ms Lakshmi, for spending your time on my article. Not only villagers, now everywhere natural medicines and products are available online. Now Tinospora and Swertia are also available in online stores.

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      Lakshmi U 

      5 days ago

      A very good article, useful to safeguard from viral infections. Prevention is always better than cure, so one can follow methods to improve immunity by preparing concoctions of the above mentioned herbs. People in village as well as urban areas having access to grow plants usually go for it .

    • hmkrishna profile imageAUTHOR

      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      5 days ago from South India

      Thank you, Ms Swati Khandelwal, for spending your time on my article and finding value in it.

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      Swati Khandelwal 

      6 days ago

      Very informative

    • hmkrishna profile imageAUTHOR

      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      6 days ago from South India

      Thank you Dr S Rajagopal, I am very happy that an Ayurvedic Professor like you have written comments for this article. I am feeling blessed. Your knowledge could enhance the value of this article.

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      Mahesh Chandra Gaur 

      6 days ago

      Very useful information regarding the use of natural herbs like Guduchi to boost our immune system. I am also using Arsenicum album 30 homeopathic drug these days to increase my immunity.

    • hmkrishna profile imageAUTHOR

      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      6 days ago from South India

      Ms Meenal, these are not cures, but betterment options.

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      Vd. Rajagopala S 

      6 days ago

      Timely and good write up. Tinospora cordifolia - Amruta/GUDUCHI is a well known plant in ayurveda, used in a variety of disease conditions starting with fever to arthritis. It mainly subsides the Pitta dosha and good number of preparations are avbl with it as main ingredient (Amrutaballi, Giduchyadi yoga..etc..). It is a wonderful immunomodulatory and strengthen the general immunity too, more over a good anti viral too. Daily intake in any form (juice, dry powder, decoction or any specific dosage form) is bestowing to immune system. An ideal to prevent Covid-19 too...

      Similarly Swertia chirata -kiratatikta- Kirata kaddi also a good remedy for malarial fevers....bitter in taste but not indicated for long term / daily use.

      Thanks to author for a timely valuable post...

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      6 days ago from Singapore

      Thank you for useful info. I did not know that herbs are also available to cure covid 19.


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