Drinking honey and relieving cough is better than taking medicine?
Nanjing experts agree, but remind: different types of cough should choose different honey
On weekends, the reporter learned from major hospitals in Nanjing that the number of patients with cough increased significantly. For many citizens, if they cough, the symptoms are not very heavy, and they usually go to the pharmacy to buy cough syrup. But recently, a new Israeli study shows that a better way to stop cough is to drink honey. Chinese medicine experts say that in traditional Chinese medicine in the motherland, honey cures cough is an ancient one.
A study shows that honey coughs syrup
Israeli researchers studied 300 children between the ages of 1 and 5, when they had a cold and lasted for a few days. The researchers gave each child a teaspoon (10 grams) of honey and a teaspoon of syrup to the other children, but the children didn’t know. It was found that children who drank honey generally had better symptoms of cold, cough and improved sleep quality. The results have been published in the scientific journal Pediatrics. The honey used in the study mainly includes: eucalyptus honey, citrus honey, vanilla honey such as lavender or rosemary.
In this regard, Dr. Ian Paul, a pediatrician at Pennsylvania State University, pointed out that honey is rich in antioxidants that can help fight infections caused by colds. In addition, the thicker the honey, the richer the antioxidants. For the antitussive effect of honey, Dr. Paul explained that honey is thick, sweet and concentrated to increase salivation, help phlegm and lubricate the respiratory tract.
According to a Reuters report, a study in Pennsylvania, USA, confirmed that children with colds drink honey before going to sleep, which is more effective than cough syrup, and they sleep more safely.
Chinese medicine honey cure cough
Li Fang, deputy director of the Department of Respiratory Medicine of Nanjing Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, said that Chinese medicine believes that honey is sweet and sweet, and the twelve meridians are in the lungs, spleen and large intestine. The main functions are Buzhong, Runzao, Analgesic, Detoxification and Cough Relief. It is often used in the treatment of patients with abdominal pain, dry lung cough, constipation and constipation. From the perspective of Western medicine, honey has a strong inhibitory effect on Gram-positive bacteria such as streptococci, staphylococcus, and diphtheria. If the effect of the cough is slightly better than that of the syrup, the main reason may be that it not only stops the cough but also moisturizes the lungs. The effect is more abundant. Simply put, it is not only a cure but also a cure.
Li Fang, deputy chief physician, said that honey cough has been used in China for a long time. Many Chinese pharmacy books have records of honey-assisted treatment of cough. In many folk cough remedies in China, there is often a lot of honey participation. Many ordinary people often meet. It is made into a variety of therapeutic diets with pears, white radishes, and lilies that have lung function.
Infants under one year old should not eat honey
Li Fang, deputy director of the Department of Respiratory Medicine of Nanjing Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, said that Chinese medicine usually divides cough into five types: wind, heat, cold, phlegm, heat and yin deficiency, and the symptoms are different according to each syndrome. . For example, sweet-scented osmanthus honey, nectar honey has a heat-clearing and detoxifying effect, and patients with wind-heat cough are more suitable; girlfriends have the effect of tonifying Qi, nourishing kidney and moistening lungs, and have better adjuvant treatment for cough patients with yin deficiency and heat. However, patients with phlegm-like cough should not be used more, because honey is not suitable for wet resistance.
In addition, experts specially reminded that infants under one year old should not eat honey because honey is susceptible to contamination by botulinum during brewing, transportation and storage. Infants are weak in resistance. When they are infected with botulinum, they will multiply in the intestines and produce toxins. The detoxification function of the liver is poor, which may cause botulism food poisoning. Infants younger than 6 months are more likely to contract the disease.