A mixture of lemon juice and sweet soy sauce is often given by parents if there are family members who are suffering from cough disease. But is it true that lemon and soy sauce can relieve itching in the throat and cure cough?
Since ancient times, lemon (Citrus aurantifolia) is often used for traditional medicine because it contains essential oils and other substances that believed to be useful for health.
For a cough and its symptoms, lemon is believed to relieve and relax the muscles in the respiratory tract that tightens. If a fever occurs, then lemon can also help lower it, especially if you drink it with warm water.
Hoarseness that occurs due to a cough can also be relieved by drinking lemon juice on a regular basis, as well as cure an itchy throat.
Then is it true that the mixture of lemon and soy sauce is a powerful cough medicine? For that, pharmacy expert Prof. Dr. Sumali Wiryowidagdo, M.Si, Apt said that the assumption is not correct.
A cough, whether caused by virus or bacteria, can not heal with a mixture of soy sauce and lemon. You may feel the symptoms that accompany a cough will subside if you drink the two mixtures. But actually, the cough itself is not healed.
People add soy sauce to the lemon, its function to remove or reduce the sour taste in lemon. So, soy sauce has no benefit to cure cough disease.
Advice from James Steckelberg M.D, a doctor at Mayo Medical School, better if you add honey rather than soy sauce on lemon juice. It’s more useful and able to moisturize the throat so it no longer feels itchy.