Go Back   Natural Medicine Talk > Health > Nutrition

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12-03-2007, 05:03 PM
Harry Hirsute's Avatar
Harry Hirsute Harry Hirsute is offline
Lecturer
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Propecia, CA
Posts: 1,840
Harry Hirsute will become famous soon enough
Default Honey Proves More Effective Than OTC Cough Medications

Quote:
A new study by a Penn State College of Medicine research team found that honey may offer parents an effective and safe alternative than over the counter children's cough medicines.

The study found that a small dose of buckwheat honey given before bedtime provided better relief of nighttime cough and sleep difficulty in children than no treatment or dextromethorphan (DM), a cough suppressant found in many over-the-counter cold medications.



Honey did a better job reducing the severity, frequency and bothersome nature of nighttime cough from upper respiratory infection than DM or no treatment. Honey also showed a positive effect on the sleep quality of both the coughing child and the child’s parents. DM was not significantly better at alleviating symptoms than no treatment.

These findings are especially notable since an FDA advisory board recently recommended that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines not be given to children less than 6 years old because of their lack of effectiveness and potential for side effects.

The results are published by Penn State College of Medicine researchers, led by Ian Paul, M.D., M.Sc., in this month’s Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
http://www.physorg.com/news115922609.html
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 12-03-2007, 09:56 PM
Arrowwind09's Avatar
Arrowwind09 Arrowwind09 is offline
Standing at the Portal
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 6,554
Arrowwind09 has a spectacular aura aboutArrowwind09 has a spectacular aura about
Default

Honey and hot lemon aide. Thats what I was always given. I thought it worked.
__________________
"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth." Marcus Aurelius
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-05-2007, 12:08 AM
JonB JonB is offline
Explorer
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Whakatane,NZ
Posts: 89
JonB is on a distinguished road
Default

I live about 30 mins. from Comvita. ha...ha
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-05-2007, 06:40 AM
Arrowwind09's Avatar
Arrowwind09 Arrowwind09 is offline
Standing at the Portal
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 6,554
Arrowwind09 has a spectacular aura aboutArrowwind09 has a spectacular aura about
Default

dextromethorphan (DM) will not be better when used singly. It really is a waste. It needs to be used with regular robitussin. DM suppresses the cough but robitussin (guaifenesin) thins the secretions sufficiently so that they can move and the cough beomes more efficient. We use robitussin all the time in respiratory patients with pneumonia. It really helps. The DM part we only use occassionaly as cough suppressant is a dangerous thing for lots of folks. Anyway I wouldn't use DM on kids. Only old folks or where symptom repression is necessary for one reason or another.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-07-2007, 01:18 PM
Sally B. Sally B. is offline
Reader
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: LA
Posts: 149
Sally B. will become famous soon enough
Thumbs up

Honey mixed with cocoa sounds excellent to me. Studies showed that cocoa worked better than any cough medicine! I was wondering how I would take the cocoa if I had a cough. Now I know!

Sally B.
Reply With Quote
Reply
Please reply to this thread with any new information or opinions.

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Medications nightowl Humor 0 08-30-2009 07:44 AM
Honey May Replace Antibiotics Harry Hirsute Nutrition 0 09-26-2008 10:43 AM
Honey Bee Crises! EarlyBird Chitchat 4 11-10-2007 09:22 PM
Mad Honey Disease Xania Nutrition 13 10-16-2006 03:43 AM
GLAUCOMA medications tcwmntcwtdod Vision & Hearing 2 08-07-2006 09:21 PM