Coughing is a normal part of the body’s immune and defense system. The body initiates a cough when there is something (a pathogen, smoke, irritants, dust particles, mold spores, allergens, etc.) within the respiratory tract that needs to be ejected in order to maintain balance and optimal health. The quick, sudden bursts of air and fluids that comprise a cough are the ideal way for this expulsion to occur. Therefore, purely suppressing a cough is often not the best way to help the body restore health and balance. However, there are instances in which a cough is so disruptive to a person’s quality of life that it must be addressed. With herbal treatments of cough, the goal is to soothe the cough to make a person more comfortable while at the same time still allowing the body to expel the foreign matter and heal itself.