Honey as a Cough Remedy?

Published: September 23, 2012

Honey is an excellent remedy to give your child if they are unable to sleep because of coughing fits. It outperforms cough remedies, and it's certainly safer.

Even a single dose given 30 minutes before bedtime can reduce the cough, researchers have found.

They tested several approaches on a group of 105 children who had suffered from a persistent cough caused by an upper respiratory tract infection. On the first evening they did nothing, on the second they gave the children one dose of buckwheat honey and, on the third, an over-the-counter cough remedy that contained honey.

Honey on its own outperformed the other two approaches, and in most cases gave the child—and the parents—a good night's sleep.

(Source: Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 2007; 161: 1140-6).

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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