Coughing might sometimes be uncomfortable, but it actually serves a useful purpose. When you cough, you bring up mucus, germs, and dust from your lungs that might make you sick. Most coughs are short-lived. You may catch a cold or the flu, cough for a few days, and then you’ll start to feel better. Less often, a cough lingers for weeks, months, or even years. When you keep coughing without an obvious cause, you have something more serious. A cough that lasts eight weeks or more is called a chronic cough. Even chronic coughs usually aren’t serious. They often are caused by conditions like postnasal drip or allergies. Only rarely are they a symptom of a life-threatening disease like cancer. A chronic cough can have a big impact on your life, though. It can keep you awake at night and distract you from work and your social life. That’s why you should have concern on your health check out any cough that lasts for more than a few weeks.
What happened in LUNGS during chronic cough?
Chronic cough can be caused by ailments affecting the respiratory system, due to unhealthy lungs. Chronic cough sufferers’ breathing becomes difficult due to the tightness or pressure in the chest. There will be restarted air flow through the air passages. Chronic cough implies to the obstruction in the flow of oxygen into the lungs. The buildup of mucus or fluids in and around the lungs results in shortness of breath. The inflammation in the lower respiratory tract is an immune response to any infection, allergy, foreign body, bacteria or virus. The mucus accumulates in the airways causing irritable cough.
Tiger Milk Mushroom (TMM) had successfully cured many chronic cough cases, and the testimony of Malaysia’s former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir (who is a medical doctor by training) was one of the most prominent report.
Statement above was stated in the year 2002 during the talk by Malaysia’s former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir in the International Convention of Biotechnology. In conjunction, L.rhinocerotis TM02 which also known as Tiger Milk Mushroom (TMM) exhibited as traditional medicines that capable of curing chronic coughs. According to Yap et al, a recent in vitro study conducted in year 2013 suggested that the antioxidant capacity of the tiger milk mushroom’s sclerotium is comparable to many other medicinal mushrooms, which is generally moderately low. The antioxidant properties of TMM exhibited strong superoxide anion scavenging activity, indicating that might be helpful in preventing certain type of oxidative stress and reduces the inflammation of cell linings of airways especially in lungs. Thus, the inflamed airways will be back to normal and the accumulated mucus will be clear. Taken as a whole, TMM sclerotia powder offers a promising source of functional ingredient. Its efficacy, in this function is attributed to its antioxidant capacity, specifically the superoxide anion scavenging activity.