Herbs for a Cough in Pregnancy
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name not given
Posted on: September 4, 2002

My wife has coughed for 2 weeks and takes Pensedyl Cough Lintus, but it doesn’t cure it. I’d been coughing a long time & had seen many doctors but nothing worked. But after I took echinacea, it improved. My wife is now 15 weeks pregnant & I would like to ask if echinacea can be used by a pregnant woman?

Echinacea is safe in pregnancy. For a list of herbs to avoid in pregnancy, please go to our website at http://www.richters.com, choose "Q&A" from the main menu, then choose "Medicinal Herbs and Their Uses" and search for the item " Herbs to Avoid in Pregnancy ".

Along with Echinacea, which is effective for both viral and bacterial infections, taking vitamin C further supports the immune system. Other safe, effective remedies include garlic and lemon juice. Aviva Romm, in "The Natural Pregnancy Book" publishers "The Crossing Press", Freedom, California suggests "Garlic Lemonade" as a cold and flu remedy: Steep 4 - 6 cloves of chopped raw garlic in one quart boiling water, covered, for 30 minutes. Then add the juice of 1 or 2 lemons and honey or maple syrup to taste.

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