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I have a terrible dry cough that won’t seem to go away.


Q. Dear Terry, “I have a terrible dry cough that won’t seem to go away. Most of the time it’s worse in the evening and can prevent me from getting a full night’s sleep. Help please!” — Julie S., Amarillo, TX

A. Dear Julie, Thyme and climbing ivy are two botanicals I highly recommend for coughing. Not only do they function as expectorants (help the body to cough out phlegm), but they are also mucolytics (break up congestion). Thyme and ivy are one of the most popular and commonly recommended herbal blends in Europe for dry spasmodic coughs, and due to its overall safety, it is a favorite for treating coughs in adults and children. When taken together, they make a very excellent combination, helping to keep the lungs clear.

I would take these two ingredients several times a day. These same ingredients are also available in a liquid form.

Additionally, because the coughing flares up at night, I would try a combination of calcium (as calcium lactate), magnesium (as magnesium citrate), and zinc (as zinc gluconate). These minerals can help relax the muscles – keeping spasmodic coughs at bay. I would take these about an hour or two before bedtime.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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