Catarrh is the term used to describe the overproduction of phlegm by the mucous membranes of the air passages to the lungs, larynx, nose and sinuses. Inflammation of the membranes from triggers such as colds, flu, smoking, dust or chronic sinusitis can lead to excess mucus.
Overproduction of phlegm can also be a symptom of general toxicity and is the body’s attempt to rid itself of toxins that are not being adequately dealt with by the liver, kidneys, bowels and skin. Over-consumption of sugar and too many refined carbohydrates may also be the culprit.
According to traditional folk remedies, chewing a few peppercorns, one by one, and sipping warm water can successfully stop catarrh. Drinking ginger or sage tea will also bring relief. For those prone to catarrh, cut down on dairy products, which may aggravate the condition. Severe symptoms should be referred to a physician.
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