Greetings, Dr. Sharma,
I have suffered with a thick, postnasal drip for the past 27 years! In addition, about 8 years ago, I developed a chronic tickle in my throat that triggered an occasional hard cough throughout the day and which I controlled to some degree with throat lozenges or commercial daytime remedies. I am also constantly trying to clear my throat to relieve both the drip and the tickle. There is a constant sensation of a blob of mucus in the area of my right nose/throat in a position such that I cannot swallow it nor blow it out or expectorate it. It interferes with comfortable breathing at night. When I am able to produce a small expectoration, its color is clear. Mostly, it just sits there as I endure it until it slides down my throat, at which time I choke on it until it goes down, and then quickly replaces itself in the same position of my throat.
I have tried all kinds of over-the-counter and prescription drugs, and extended elimination diets and cleanses to no avail. I have been tested and treated for allergies and asthma with no success. I even tried nasal turbinate reduction surgery, for which I only received a doctor bill.
Currently, I obtain some relief at night by taking a dose of extra strength Nyquil boosted occasionally as needed with an Afrin type spray that opens the airway at least enough to enable me to sleep. Of course, the Afrin spray backfires with a boomerang effect after using it a couple of days.
My wife recently picked up an over-the-counter homeopathic Daytime Cough & Bronchial Syrup produced by Boericke & Tafel. It seemed to relieve both a significant portion of the nasal drainage and the constant tickle in my throat for a short period of time (about 90 minutes) before I had to take another dose. However, there seemed to be a boomerang effect here to, where after the good effect wore off, the cough came back stronger. Nonetheless, it was a clue that led me to your website. The ingredients of this medication are as follows:
Olive fruit oil – nourishing, anti-bacterial.
Beeswax – a natural emulsifier, provides a protective base and keeps the skin moisturised.
Safflower seed oil – excellent for sensitive skin.
Hemp seed oil – extremely nourishing, moisturising, rich in essential fatty acids (EFA’s), which are often lacking in those dry skin.
Tincture of nettle – rich in vitamins chickweed – rich in vitamin c, iron, calcium, potassium.
Tincture of calendula – for tissue regeneration.
Camomile – for softening and soothing.”