Whether you have a cough that is caused by allergies, a cold or even the Coronavirus (Covid-19), research suggests trying honeyrather than an over-the-counter remedy to subdue the symptom. Research studies collected about the effectiveness of honey for a cough and published in a 2018 issue of Cochrane summarized the results of six studies done that same year  about the effectiveness of using honey to address an acute cough.

After examining all of the studies,  which were conducted as smaller trials in Canada, The United States, Brazil, Kenya and Israel, the Cochrane article, reviewed by the Acute Respiratory Infections Group revealed the following:

  • Honey might be as effective as bromelain (pineapple syrup) in treating a cough.
  • Honey could be as effective as dextromethorphan (an ingredient in over-the-counter cough remedies) in treating an acute cough.
  • Honey may be slightly more effective than salbutamol (a drug that opens airways) for soothing acough.

The Cochrane document concluded: “Honey probably relieves cough symptoms to a greater extent than no treatment, diphenhydramine, and placebo, but may make little or no difference compared to dextromethorphan. Honey probably reduces cough duration better than placebo and salbutamol.”

As a result, Public Health England (PHE) and the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence in the U.K. advised put in place a directive to prevent the growing problem of antibiotic resistance all over the world. According to an article in The Guardian doctors are advising patients to try a dose of honey before asking their doctor for a prescription. This is because the unnecessary overprescribing of antibiotics creates stronger strains of bacteria, which cannot be vanquished by even our strongest drugs, such as methicillin.

Ways to Use Honey to Relieve Cough Symptoms

The simplest way to use honey to relieve cough symptoms is to simply take a teaspoon of honey, preferably darker honey, three timesa day. To make it easier to take that much honey at once, try spreading it on a whole grain cracker

The next best way is to make the classic honey, lemon and ginger drink, which consists of a tablespoon of honey, grated lemon peel and a bit of grated ginger in 8 ounces of water. Drink slowly to soothe the symptom of acute or chronic coughs.

A teaspoon to a tablespoon full of honey can also be added to any tea including green, orange, black or white teas. Honey also goes well in turmeric milk, often called Golden Milk, which is dairy or nut milk with a teaspoon of turmeric, a shake of cinnamon and a generous teaspoon of honey.

In most instances, acute coughs are caused by a cold or flu virus or by bronchitis. Often these coughs and cases of mild bronchitis will go away on their own. However if you experience a cough that is accompanied by a high fever, chest pressure or struggling for breath then you need to call Telehealth Ontario right away at +1 866-797-0000 and follow their instructions or make your way to an emergency, just in case you are dealing with Covid-19.

For more information aboutimmunity, chronic coughing or to book a consultation about anti-aging,  Toronto weight loss programs or any health issue you may be experiencing, visit the Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre website that has a list of full services and products at www.pinewoodhealth.ca. You can also call our Toronto Office at  (416)-656- 8100.  We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. Send an email to info@pinewoodhealth.ca and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our naturopahtic testing and other holistic health services.

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