The whooping cough (pertussis) can last a long time. It appears more and more in adults. You may suffer from it for several weeks, even months, coughing endlessly. Common remedies, such as aspirin, or a warm grog do not help. So, what to do?
Treatment with the natural substance palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) could provide a solution. Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) is a natural agent in our body, which is produced as a means against inflammation and pains. In the event of prolonged infections, such as the whooping cough, the body gets exhausted and cannot sufficiently produce PEA anymore. In that case, treatment with the PEA supplement can provide a solution.
Two parents, both of whom caught the whooping cough via their small baby, could not stop coughing. Weeks went by and it did not get any better, which is typical for the whooping cough. The father suffered from serious nerve pain and his practitioner prescribed him PEA. To their mutual surprise, not only the pain disappeared after two weeks, but the whooping cough symptoms were almost gone as well. His wife, though, who did not take PEA, kept on coughing without any signs of improvement.
She then decided to start using PEA as well. Her cough squalls almost disappeared after two weeks.
PEA was examined several years ago as a means against respiratory infections, such as the using flu and colds. In 5 different studies, examining over 2,000 patients in total, including young children, results showed that PEA reduces the symptoms of (respiratory) infections and promotes recovery. These results were discussed in detail in 2013 in an international medical journal about inflammation.
Treating whooping cough and respiratory infections with natural palmitoylethanolamide
Although there is not empiric prove for some cases, it remains useful to try PEA to treat the whooping cough, as it has proven to be a natural and safe substance. In 2013, it was even shown that extremely high doses of this endogenous substance of do not lead to any problematic side effects (even using up to 100 mg per kg body weight). This is because the excess of PEA easily breaks down in the body into small molecules, which can be reused in the cell membrane.
During the whooping cough, a negative reaction occurs in the body, for example by an increase in inflammation-active molecules such as TNF-alpha.   We know that PEA acts against excessive TNF alpha.
The importance of PEA against the whooping cough goes even further. Whooping cough patients are much more sensitive for the flu than healthy people. That is because the whooping cough bacterium undermines our resistance.  Since PEA also has a resistance supporting function against flu illness, it seems that taking PEA against whooping cough offers a dual function. The whooping cough symptoms might disappear sooner, and there is less chance of catching the flue during the whooping cough.
Because PEA has proven to be an effective substance against various respiratory infections, and as it is very safe even in high doses, PEA gets the green light for the treatment of respiratory infections.
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