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Pertussis (Whooping Cough)


Bordatella pertussis is a gram-negative, aerobic pathogenic encapsulated coccobacillus.  Whooping cough (pertussis) is a spasmodic and followed by an echo which sounds something like a crow's crow. It may persist up to 100 days, and so is sometimes known as the hundred-day cough. Because a sick child may stretch his or her neck while coughing as does a cormorant, it is also called the cormorant cough.


A common infectious disease in children under five years old, whooping cough occurs in winter and spring. Its infectivity is the most severe in the first two to three weeks. Because of latent phlegm which is difficult to expectorate, the disease course is protracted and recovery difficult. Whooping cough can be very harmful to the health of young children, especially those who are already feeble. If there are no complications, however, the prognosis is good. When cured, the sick child can acquire a persistent immunity, and few suffer repeated attacks. The disease develops if the chill's viscera are delicate or if he or she receives inadequate care, either of of which can result in an accumulation of latent phlegm or of seasonal external pathogens in the mouth and nose which can affect the lungs. 


 Initial Stage:

This stage lasts one to two weeks and, at first, the cough is like that of a common cold, Gradually, it worsens and is accompanied by sneezing, nasal discharge and a mild fever. The cough often is aggravated at night and accompanied by thin sputum, nasal and eye discharge, pale lips, a pale tongue with a white coating, and a floating, weak pulse. Alternately, a flushed face, red lips, thick sputum, a dry mouth, a red tongue with a yellow coating, and a floating, rapid pulse may be observed.



Intermediate Stage (Spasmodic-cough):

This stage lasts four to six weeks and is characterized by severe cough paroxysms, congested face and eyes, clenched fists, a bent-over body, a protruding tongue, discharge from the nose and eyes during coughing fists, this sputum, expectoration of sputum mixed with fluids or food, and hemoptysis or epistaxis. After a short pause, the cough resumes. It becomes worse at night and is aggravated by the accompanying signs of a dry mouth, thirst, a dry tongue coating and a slippery, rapid pulse.


Late Stage (Convalescent):

This stage lasts two to three weeks. During this time, the coughing fits abate, and the echo and deep inhalation subside. There is only now a weak coughing sound, which is accompanied by smaller amounts of sputum, lassitude, sweating, pale lips, a pale tongue with very little coating, and a submerged, excess pulse.


One of the most important things to remember about treating gram-negative infections is that the use of a synergist will significantly increase the impact of the herbs on the bacteria.  Adding licorice to the mix because it inhibits several main efflux pumps in this family of bacteria (AcrAB-TolC). We use piperine because it allows more of the herbs to pass through the GI tract, increasing the presence of their antibacterial compounds in the body.


Any bacteria that is gram negative will give off a cytotoxin when killed.  It is never the gram-negative bacteria that kill, it is that toxin released by the bacteria at the time of its death.  To combat this action, we use Isatis and Ginger juice tea.



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