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Natural Remedies Relieve Chest Congestion Due to Mucus Formation

The author hails from South Indian village, situated in the South-West coastal region. He is into farm science and agriculture.

Corona Pandemic

The most advanced countries along with other nations of the world are now having the headache because of COVID-19. It needs to be tackled with the centuries-old traditional methods and practices of health and hygiene such as social distancing.

As long as there is no vaccination against this pandemic malady, people are very much fearful. Once any person gets exposed to infection and acquires disease then there is only symptomatic treatment available as on date.

Some of the traditional medicinal herbs act as probiotics as well as acting safely as endocrinal stimulants for curing the symptoms at organic levels. The traditional ayurvedic system has some of the immunity developing medicines from natural herbs. This may become very much useful to tolerate the disease by overcoming from the disease symptoms easily.

Heart-shaped leaf of Tinospora

Heart-shaped leaf of Tinospora

Importance of Medicines

Some of the Indian doctors have felt that administering chloroquine helps COVID-19 patients to recover faster. This has created an export of this particular drug from India. As a result, scarcity within the country has been anticipated and the Government of India has taken a decision to prevent the export of chloroquine drug.

When we look into to the age-old tradition of natural herbal medicine in India, we come across some of the unique herbs such as the Heart-leaved Moonseed plant, the bitter Swertia plant, the sweet Glycyrrhiza plant, etc. Understanding the values of these plants will be helpful for utilising them during eventualities to overcome drug scarcity.

Tinospora is useful as a prophylactic natural remedy. So are the homoeopathic medicines mentioned in this article. The plant Swertia and Glycyrrhiza are useful in curative natural medicine for bringing down fever and being anti-inflammatory. While under expert medical practitioners advice these are useful at local levels.

Well known mucolytic creeper plant

Well known mucolytic creeper plant

Tinospora cordifolia (Menispermaceae)

This woody climber has wonderful medicine. In common English, it is known as Heart-leaved Moonseed creeper. It can even diminish the symptoms of COVID-19 caused respiratory congestion. Tinospora has been recognised for its medicinal properties in traditional Indian medicine for the past many generations as antipyretic2. In Sanskrit, it is known as Guduchi, in common language as Amrita Valli or Giloe.

The woody vines of the plant, of about 15 grams fresh weight, are cut into pieces and made into a paste along with 2-3 black pepper seeds by mixing it with boiled cooled water and made into 100 ml. It can be had in a single dose at night. If the symptoms do not vanish completely it maybe had once again on the next night. While giving to children, a small amount of honey can be mixed for taste. The concoction does not have neither bad taste or smell nor any bad effects. It is tasteless and therefore easy to have. Only thing is that the children might not like to have it as such.

It is good for digestive problems also. In such cases where stomach ache and vomiting sensation occurs, its stem of about 20-30 grams is crushed and boiled in half a litre of water. It can be had in equal proportions for three days after boiling and cooling. It helps the person remain healthy and cures mild diabetes. However, for those who are having hypoglycaemia, it must be carefully administered by a physician.

Fresh pieces of the creeper are very effective in medicine. It is good for relieving from symptoms of fever. It is also very useful for various viral fevers. It becomes useful for obesity and arthritis. It has healthy principles for the heart with good antioxidant properties. The stem has full of glandular skin. The creeper which is woody and upon crushing, the internal woody stem separates from the skin. It is an excellent mucolytic preparation. Mucous congestion gets dissolved and vanishes easily, helping the patient to recover health.

The stem after years of growth it accumulates carbohydrate. It can be extracted and used in medicine. It is considered as a useful tonic for gastric wellness.

This plant can be easily grown in the home garden or kitchen garden and also in pots on the terrace. It can be vegetatively propagated through root cuttings. It forms an integral part of medicinal plants garden, Its heart-shaped 7 ribbed leaves remain evergreen throughout the year. It grows well with the support of trees and partial shade is good for profuse growth. It is in fact, hardy and overcomes short period of drought situations.

In total, this is a very useful natural medicine for holistic health. Even though it is a fresh herbal natural medicine, its products as juice, powder, dried stem and medicinal sinus support capsular formulations and tablets. These are available in the online markets also.

Well growing Tinospora in medicinal garden

Well growing Tinospora in medicinal garden

Swertia chiriata (Gentianaceae)

It is a wonderful herb which grows in bulky green cover.

It brings down body temperature during fever and also reducing bacterial and viral infection. It has been very effectively used in malaria in the form of Gentia chiriata or Swertia chiriata mother tincture, 20 drops diluted in water. Though the plant parts are very bitter in taste, they are very effective. Some of its herbal products are available in the markets.

This plant in the front yard looks very dark green and attractive. It gives a better appearance for the hedges. Narrow-leaved herbaceous habitat gives it a unique attraction.

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Kiratakitka plant in medicinal garden

Kiratakitka plant in medicinal garden

Homoeopathic Medicines

Homoeopathic treatments are said to be effective as far as symptomatic curings are concerned. The medicines are made from ultra dilutions of compounds so that traces are also not recognizable. But curing of fever, viral fevers and bacterial infections through the homoeopathic system are said to be highly effective.

Mother tincture prepared from Swertia plants is used in homoeopathic medicine for curing fever and arthritis. These types of homoeopathic medicines are recently gaining popularity as they act as immune boosters.

Arsenicum album 30 has been under discussion recently because of COVID-19 and was claimed that it could be a potential medicine to relieve from the symptoms of disease caused by this Coronavirus.

Stay Healthy

Remaining healthy is important for minimising the risks of virus attacks. For this purpose diet including vitamin C in the form of citrus juice is suggested as a nutritional supplement for all. Lemon is considered as the topmost sources of vitamin C naturally available to use directly for consumption.

Our biodiversity is rich in terms of usefulness. By utilizing the available biodiversity, there are important medicines already available for many types of diseases. Some of the existing remedies may be useful for the newly emerged pandemic disease. Correctly identifying the plant and utilising it in only required quantities is very important in the field of natural medicine. By obtaining practical guidance from expert physicians will be a morale booster on one hand and also a life saving helping hand on the other.


  1. Aishwarya Dilip Pasalkar, et al. 2019. Study the Anti-Bacterial Activity of Homoeopathic Medicines against Staphylococcus epidermidis in-vitro.
  2. Kumar Antul, et al. 2019. Review on Pharmacological Profile of Medicinal Vine: Tinospora cordifolia. Current Journal of Applied Science and Technology, 35(5): 1-11.
  3. Manbeena Chawla. 2020. Advisory based on the Indian traditional medicine practices Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Unani. Biospectrum - The business of bio & health sciences, 29 January 2020.
  4. Omar A. Ahmed-Farid, et al 2019. Dose-dependent neuroprotective effect of oriental phyto-derived glycyrrhizin on experimental neuroterminal norepinephrine depletion in a rat brain model.
  5. Virshette, S.J. 2019. A review on medicinal plants used as antiinflammatory agents.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 Halemane Muralikrishna


Halemane Muralikrishna (author) from South India on May 19, 2020:

Amruthaballi is well-known immunity builder as well as tonic. Swertia id kirataka or kiratakaddi. It is good for fever and diabetes. It is good to grow it in pots or bags, but consult Ayurvedic physician for dosage requirements.

sowspeaks from Bengaluru on May 17, 2020:

Hello Sir, I knew some of the benefits of Amruthaballi but you have listed so many many ways to use it for so many problems. What is the local name for Swertia and can we use it on our own or is it better taken in some Ayurvedic preparation? Please guide.

Halemane Muralikrishna (author) from South India on May 11, 2020:

You may locate by the village sides and bring it on a pot, Ms Sneha. Thank you for showing your keen interest in natural medicine and appreciating the article.

Sneha Bhat from India on May 11, 2020:

Thank you for sharing this article. This is the apt time where most of the people in urban area are in search of this creeper to fight against the Covid-19.

Halemane Muralikrishna (author) from South India on April 26, 2020:

Very good Ms Chin Chin that you are a lover of medicinal herbs. Natural remedies and some of the home remedies keep us healthy without the need for visiting the hospitals.

Chin chin from Philippines on April 22, 2020:

I'm not sure if I've actually seen the plants you mentioned in our place. But we have some medicinal plants in our backyard that have the potential for relieving chest mucus congestion as well - Vitex negundo and oregano or wild marjoram.

Thanks for the nice information in this article.

Halemane Muralikrishna (author) from South India on April 13, 2020:

Thank you, Mr Akash, for going through my article and liking it. If someone finds it useful, my effort remains worthwhile.

AndazeAkash on April 13, 2020:

Natural things is always best of human being. A thoughtful and informative article. I liked the photos as well.

Halemane Muralikrishna (author) from South India on April 11, 2020:

We actually neglect a lot of indigenous wisdom. So, it is people like you who appreciate Nature and protect it with judicious use. Thank you Mr Nitin for spenging your time on my article.

Nitin Khaire from Mumbai on April 10, 2020:

There is everything that mankind needs in nature. It is freely available too. Every remedy can be found in plants, flowers, herbs, and trees. We need to return to nature to heal our bodies. Thank you for the reminder, Mr. Krishna.

Halemane Muralikrishna (author) from South India on April 05, 2020:

Thank you Ms Ekktha Raawal for your keen interest in my article. Thanking you for spending your valuable time reading it. Some of the natural remedies are the best for good health and physiology.

Ekktha Raawal from Indore, India on April 05, 2020:

You have rightly highlighted the usefulness of Ayurveda and Homeopathy in the article, Mr. Muralikrishna. And as far as I know, these have no or minimal side effects and work for long term.

Halemane Muralikrishna (author) from South India on April 04, 2020:

Yes, it was used in India from time immemorial. Now the world has recognised it as a promising alternative to superficial cures of recent times. Thank you, Mr Bharat Sharan, for going through my article and appreciating it.

Bharat Sharan from Dhanbad on April 04, 2020:

A very informative article on natural medicines and its uses in India.

Halemane Muralikrishna (author) from South India on March 31, 2020:

Thank you Mr Prateek, immunity is the one which helps us grow and live in the world with microorganisms and allergens. Immunity enhancing therapies are also picking up nowadays in many parts of the world.

Prateek Jain from Madhya Pradesh, India on March 31, 2020:

Informative and interesting article sir. This is the demand of current time to be aware and search for substitute ways to improve our immunity and fight against the virus. Ery well explained everything which is required to know regarding the cure for this pandemic virus.

Halemane Muralikrishna (author) from South India on March 29, 2020:

Thank you Mr Sreelesh for your comments on my article and appreciating its value.

Sreelesh on March 28, 2020:

Very informative article at this current situation.

Prantika Samanta from Kolkata, India on March 27, 2020:

Boosting immunity is important and nothing can be better if we can do that with the help of herbs and medicines.

It is an informative article.

Mitara N from South Africa on March 27, 2020:

Natural herbal remedies, is always best,

Medical information says even antibiotic is unable to treat the cause at this point. And we all need to build up our immune system, as this is scary times, and we all need to maintain a healthy lifestyle

If you don't mind I would like to link your article to mine as related information, as you give a lot of valuable information:

Let me know your thoughts on it

Halemane Muralikrishna (author) from South India on March 26, 2020:

Thank you Ms Suchismita for spending your time on my article and sharing your opinion.

Suchismita Pradhan from India on March 26, 2020:

Very informative article.Prevention is better than cure.Boosting the immunity is very important now a days.These natural remedies always helps.Thanks for sharing.

Halemane Muralikrishna (author) from South India on March 26, 2020:

Thank you sir, for your observations.

Halemane Muralikrishna (author) from South India on March 26, 2020:

Thank for your reading of my article. The video is shared from someone liking the natural remedy herbs like me. Photos are of course from my garden.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on March 26, 2020:

You have given a wealth of information in this article. Natural and herbal remedies definitely have an effect but there are very few people know about them. Thank you for a wonderful article.

Halemane Muralikrishna (author) from South India on March 26, 2020:

Thank you, Ms Lakshmi, for spending your time on my article. Not only villagers, now everywhere natural medicines and products are available online. Now Tinospora and Swertia are also available in online stores.

Lakshmi U on March 25, 2020:

A very good article, useful to safeguard from viral infections. Prevention is always better than cure, so one can follow methods to improve immunity by preparing concoctions of the above mentioned herbs. People in village as well as urban areas having access to grow plants usually go for it .

Halemane Muralikrishna (author) from South India on March 25, 2020:

Thank you, Ms Swati Khandelwal, for spending your time on my article and finding value in it.

Swati Khandelwal on March 25, 2020:

Very informative

Halemane Muralikrishna (author) from South India on March 25, 2020:

Thank you Dr S Rajagopal, I am very happy that an Ayurvedic Professor like you have written comments for this article. I am feeling blessed. Your knowledge could enhance the value of this article.

Mahesh Chandra Gaur on March 25, 2020:

Very useful information regarding the use of natural herbs like Guduchi to boost our immune system. I am also using Arsenicum album 30 homeopathic drug these days to increase my immunity.

Halemane Muralikrishna (author) from South India on March 25, 2020:

Ms Meenal, these are not cures, but betterment options.

Vd. Rajagopala S on March 25, 2020:

Timely and good write up. Tinospora cordifolia - Amruta/GUDUCHI is a well known plant in ayurveda, used in a variety of disease conditions starting with fever to arthritis. It mainly subsides the Pitta dosha and good number of preparations are avbl with it as main ingredient (Amrutaballi, Giduchyadi yoga..etc..). It is a wonderful immunomodulatory and strengthen the general immunity too, more over a good anti viral too. Daily intake in any form (juice, dry powder, decoction or any specific dosage form) is bestowing to immune system. An ideal to prevent Covid-19 too...

Similarly Swertia chirata -kiratatikta- Kirata kaddi also a good remedy for malarial fevers....bitter in taste but not indicated for long term / daily use.

Thanks to author for a timely valuable post...

Meenal from Singapore on March 25, 2020:

Thank you for useful info. I did not know that herbs are also available to cure covid 19.

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