Have a Cough, Just Reach for the Jar of Honey

by Medindia Content Team on  December 4, 2007 at 3:06 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Have a Cough, Just Reach for the Jar of Honey

Honey has always been known for its immense health benefits, but this one seems to take the cake. A recent trial conducted by researchers from the Pennsylvania State University has established the effectiveness of honey over cough syrup in treating persistent cough.


Honey is a reliable antioxidant and is endowed with ingredients that are capable of destroying microbes, ensuring no damage occurs inside the cells.

The study included 105 children suffering a persistent cough during nights. They were divided into three groups- one group was given a syringe full of honey, another, a cough syrup and the third group was administered an empty syringe. The trial compared the effectiveness of a honey against a key element found in a variety of cough medicines, dextromethorphan.

The study found that honey was more effective than dextromethorphan at alleviating persistent and irritating cough. On the contrary using the cough syrup proved just a wee bit effective as compared to employing nothing at all. 

Sheila Kelly, of the Proprietary Association of Great Britain, said: "Having access to safe and effective paediatric cough and cold remedies is essential. Those on the UK market have demonstrated their efficacy through decades of use and their acceptance by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency means parents can continue to rely on these over- the-counter cough and cold"

Source: Medindia

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