Honey has been around for centuries as food and medicine. It has antimicrobial properties, so it's really the first antibiotic ointment. But, does it cure coughing?
This article has many vocabularies that are related to sickness, especially coughing. There is dry cough, wet (productive cough), sputum, etc. The most technical term in the article is 胃食道逆流, which means Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD/ acid reflux).
Many people have heard that eating honey can stop cough, Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners pointed out that if it is a dry cough (no sputum), honey does have the effect of moistening the lungs and relieving cough; but when the cough has many sputa, it is not suitable to eat honey.
Zou Xiaoling, the chief physician of the Chinese Medicine Department of Chi Mei Medical Center, said that ancient seasoning had no sugar, and the ancient people mostly replaced them with honey. Honey is sweet and smooth, with a warm texture. It has the effect of replenishing vital energy, nourishing the skin, calming the nerves and moistening the lungs. Honey can also treat and improve symptoms such as dry stool, dry cough, and dry and dull skin.
Zou Xiaoling pointed out that the statement that "honey can stop cough" and "sweet food is easy to produce sputa" seems contradictory; but in fact, there are nothing wrong with it, just different applicable conditions. In these days, there are many sweets and biscuits containing chemical additives and spices. These kind of snacks are easy to produce sputa. People who have poor digestive function or cough due to acid reflux often have a significantly increased cough frequency after eating sweets.
She said that the effect of "honey can stop cough" is aimed at the "dry cough" that has no sputum, that is, the throat is dry and causes throat irritation, itching throat, and dry cough. At this time, the warm and moist honey can exert the effect of moistening the lungs and relieving cough. However, if it is a wet cough, it is not suitable to eat honey.
Zou Xiaoling pointed out that daily life diet should be balanced and based on natural ingredients; you should not eat too many sweets and biscuits should not be eaten more, and treating them as a meal is not allowed. If you have trouble with long-term cough, it is recommended to seek medical advice for checking the cause of disease, so that it can be treated.