thins out accumulated mucus and eliminates it from respiratory passages. Honey also prevents the production of mucus in the future.

34.     Betel (Paan) – Being antiseptic in nature and destroyer of phlegm, betel is used for treating common cold, cough and inflammation of vocal chords, bronchitis and bronchial asthma. Mix 5-10 ml betel leaf juice with freshly blended basil (tulsi), mint and ginger paste and add 4-5 pounded black pepper corns to the paste. Take ½ a teaspoon of this paste with some honey twice a day.

35.     Indian Gooseberry (Amla) – It is very rich in vitamin C, is anti-inflammatory, strengthens the immune system and is helpful for cough, bronchitis and asthma. (i) Asthmatics should take equal amounts of fresh amla pulp or dried powder and honey every morning; (ii) A decoction of 5 grams triphla powder in 500 ml water can be used to clean the throat and nasal passages and then apply purified butter (ghee) or almond oil in the nasal passages as deep as possible every morning.

36.     Lemon – It contains flavonoid compounds, is good expectorant and destroyer of phlegm, has antioxidant and anti-cancer properties, is beneficial in asthma conditions. (i) Lemon juice and honey is advised in the persistent, dry cough in which phlegm remains stuck; (ii) The juice of one lemon in a glass of water and sprinkled with freshly ground black pepper should be taken one hour before main meals.

37.     Figs – Figs containing potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus are beneficial for lung and bladder ailments, asthma and for draining off phlegm. Wash 4-5 dried figs with warm water, soak overnight and take early in the morning along with water in which they were soaked.

Santokh Singh Parmar

Naturo-Food Therapist & Lifestyle Consultant

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December 2008

Note: The above information and advice is not a substitute for the advice, your doctor or naturo-food therapist may give you based on his/her knowledge of yourself.

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