Monday, November 03, 2008

Study Says Honey Eases Cough, Improves Sleep

PakTribune, 11/3/2008

ISLAMABAD: A spoonful of honey can ease children`s night-time cough and help them and their parents sleep better, an American study reveals.

There is currently no proven effective treatment for cough due to an upper respiratory infection like the common cold.

While dextromethorphan (a cough syrup ingredient) is widely used, there is no evidence that it works, Health news reported.

Honey is used around the world as a home remedy for cough, and might provide a safe, effective alternative to a cough medicine.

According to American researchers from the Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, compared buckwheat honey, with a honey-flavoured dextromethorphan preparation and no treatment in 105 children, 2 to 18 years of age, who had sought treatment for night-time coughs due to colds.

Honey is a more effective cough remedy for children than many over-the-counter medications, according to a new study…

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