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The best way to treat a cough is to get rid of what is causing it. Coughing helps to expel congested phlegm. A cough may be caused by infection or an irritant such as cigarette smoke or dust. If a child is wheezing after a coughing spasm, the cause may be whooping cough. If the cough is persistent or is accompanied by a high temperature or blood in the sputum,see a doctor.
Blood in sputum, congested phlegm, high temperature, chest pains and coughing.
If the cough is not a symptom of something more serious, a doctor may advise you to stay quiet in a warm room and take cough medicine.
An ancient Chinese therapy, patients are treated by sticking needles into their skin at particular points. These acupuncture points lie along invisible energy channels called meridians. The needles are said to unblock a flow of energy (called Qi) through the meridians. More Info
Treating illness with highly concentrated oils extracted from plants is known as aromatherapy. These highly scented extracts-called essences or essential oils-contain the substances that give plants their smell. Aromatherapists believe that many also have medicinal properties. More Info
The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info
Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info