27 Jun 2018

In 2012 the Australian Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) conducted a review of children’s cough and cold medicines.  They advised that children under 6 years of age should not be given over-the-counter pharmaceutical cough and cold medicine and children aged between 6 to 11 years only be given such medicines on the advice of a pharmacist, doctor or nurse practitioner. Because of these concerns, I thought it appropriate this week to write about a combination which we feel is appropriate and safe to use for children as well as adults suffering from bronchitis, coughs, colds and sore throats.


One of the more popular herbs now available for both children and adults when it comes to cough elixirs, is Ivy Leaf. Who would have thought the Ivy you see climbing all over the back fence could be your saviour when looking for a herb in a cough medicine.  The herbal extract of Ivy Leaf has for a long time been used as an expectorant to help to promote the loosening and elimination of mucous from the respiratory tract.  There are also special compounds found in Ivy Leaf extract which assist in the prevention of spasms of muscles in the bronchial area which often causes coughing fits.  Ivy Leaf is also beneficial for colds because of its anti-bacterial properties.  It's believed Ivy Leaf can also helpful in treating inflammation of the respiratory tract, liquefying mucous, assisting with inflammation of the throat and chest as well as soothing the cough which might be associated with bronchitis. One of our staff can in fact verify the effectiveness of Ivy Leaf.  She had been suffering from a severe cough and found when taking the Ivy Leaf both morning and night,  it was extremely effective in breaking up the mucous in her lungs.


The use of Ivy Leaf herbal extract has been used for centuries as a traditional herbal remedy.  In fact, my research tells me, Ivy Leaf was believed to prevent one from becoming inebriated when drinking wine, which is why the Greek God of wine, Dionysus, wore Ivy Leaf around his head.  An interesting piece of information for those wine drinkers out there I’m sure.


Manuka Honey is another ingredient quite often added to a cough formula and with good reason. It is very soothing to sore throats, coughs and colds plus it has amazing anti bacterial properties. 


It is also important to note, one of the most important aspects of this herbal combination is the ability to assist with the treatment of the coughs without suppressing the cough completely. Many may not be aware, by suppressing the cough, as some cough medicines do, the mucous is unable to leave the body, therefore keeping the infection in the body.  


Other products which can be helpful in helping children combat and treat coughs and colds are the combination mineral tissue salts.  These chewable tablets can be very effective in treating coughs, colds, sore throat and chesty coughs.  They are also helpful for treating symptoms such as fever and headaches. 


Finally, but not surprisingly, I will reiterate how beneficial Moringa oleifera can be for both children and adults. Moringa is beneficial at all times, however even more so in cold and flu season.  This nutrient dense herb is well known for its immune boosting properties. A research paper published in the Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology on 2015 indicated Moringa oleifera had significant effects on boosting immune system strength indicators.


As I’ve indicated previously Moringa oleifera is available in both capsules and powder.  The powder can be mixed in juice or smoothies.  Parents often mix ½ to 1 tsp of the powder in yoghurt.


For more information on coughs and colds or any other health issue, call to see Bev and the team at Go Vita, Your Health Shop at 5 North St, Batemans Bay or phone on 44729737.  Don’t forget to tune in to Bev and Marianne on 2EC every Wednesday at 12.30pm for Go Get Healthy.

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