Like any other disease prevention methods, there are no shortcuts to prevent coughs. You have to strengthen your body’s defences and protect yourself from external pathogens in the environment.
The basic rule in maintaining a harmonious balance in your body is still to remove any excesses and nourish the deficient. If you tend to develop a cough easily, tonify the Lungs by incorporating Lung-tonifying herbs in your diet:
• Codonopsis Root (Dangshen, 党参),
• Cordyceps (Dongcongxiacao, 冬虫夏草),
• Lily Bulb (Baihe, 百合) or
• Ginseng (Renshen, 人参).
Alter your lifestyle habits by adopting a healthy diet, getting enough rest, getting adequate exercise and reducing your emotional stress so as to build up your body’s natural immune system.