when cold hits you hard

All basics of the common cold that you should be aware of….

With summer being finally over, and winters moving in-- cold and flu season has arrived along. Millions of Pakistanis get the common cold each year, often more than once. To counter coughs and runny nose, many will turn to counter medications available for relief without a prescription.

In winters, cold and dry air increases the possibility that your airways get more vulnerable to infection, because of the dry mucosa (inner lining) of airways. It all starts from flu and common cold due to seasonal changes which lead to dry cough and then phlegmatic cough.

What are the other factors that cause a cough?

Apart from seasonal impacts, the following are the factors that cause cough:

  • Smoking
  • Numerous environmental irritants are known to induce coughing such as air pollution, tobacco smoke, smoke from burning vegetation, and vehicle exhaust. Smoking paralyzes cells responsible to expel phlegm making them unable to do their job. Since the toxins and chemicals present in cigarette smoke are left in place they have more time to cause damage to sensitive lung tissue and they get easily infected. So, recurrent and persistent cough is common among smokers.

    • Asthma & Allergies:

    The hypersensitive individuals get easily caught by respiratory infection due to slight changes in inhaled air quality either due to pollution and occupational hazards which results in sneezing, flu, and cough.

    • Bacterial and Viral contagious Infections:

    This is very common in immune-deficient individuals, mostly caused by close contact with an affected person. 

    • Age:

     Age-related changes in the lungs include

    • The weakening of the respiratory muscles
    • The decline in the effectiveness of lung defense mechanism

    Heading to the pharmacy for some relief?

    While medications do not cure or shorten the common cold or flu, they can ease some symptoms. Finding a product that fits your needs, however, may not be that straightforward.

    How to safely choose cough and cold medicines

    So how to choose from a myriad of similar products? First, understand that many products contain more active ingredients than you need. And yes, those extra active ingredients have side effects and may interact with other medicines you take. The simplest advice is to go herbal and check the list of active and natural ingredients on the package and pick a product that targets your particular symptoms.

    Traditional & Home Remedies

    • Boil 1 cup water and add 1 teaspoon turmeric powder along with black pepper, you may add cinnamon as well and keep boiling for 3-5 minutes. Strain it out and add 1 spoon of honey to tantalize your taste buds.
    • Take one glass of water, add 1 teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 teaspoon carom seed. Keeping boiling water till it gets to half, add honey for a better taste. Take a cup of this herbal tea daily to avoid cough.
    • Shred ginger in 2 cups of water and boil it for 5 minutes till the water gets to half. Add drops of honey and lemon before drinking. It is a proven remedy for hoarseness of voice, chest congestion, and cough.


          Surficol Plus Syrup

  • Qarshi surficol plus liquid and surfi tablets are formulated for cough, cold, bronchitis, catarrh, and throat irritation. It liquefies the phlegm for its easy removal through airways. The other properties of its ingredients make the product special for respiratory system anti-bacterial and bronchodilator effects. So their combined effect not only gives relief from cough and irritation but also improves immunity.



Surficol plus (liquid) and surfi tablets are effective in the following respiratory complaints:

  • Cough
  • Cold
  • Catarrh
  • Bronchitis
  • Irritation of throat
  • Adhatoda vasica (برگِ بانسہ ):

Fresh or dried leaves of the plant contain an alkaloid vasicine, and essential oil. The chief use of vasaka is as an expectorant that softens the thick sputum and stimulates the bronchial glands which facilitate it to cough out and thus brings about quick relief in bronchitis.

  • Glycyrrhiza glabra Extract (ست ملٹھی)

Licorice is a sweet demulcent, antitussive, and anti-inflammatory that soothes mucous membranes of respiratory airways useful for Upper Respiratory Tract Infection. 

  • Babul Gum (گوندببول)

Arresting secretion help to reduce catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tubes. The gum soothes the inflamed membranes of the pharynx.

  • Ephedra (سوماکلپا)

Decongestant and bronchodilator. It works by reducing swelling and constricting blood vessels in the nasal passages and widening the lung airways, allowing you to breathe more easily.

  • Hyssopus officinalis (ذوفہ)

Promotes airway immune regulation through IgE and IgG and airway inflammation by affecting the levels of cytokines, interleukin-4, -6 and -17, and interferon-γ. 

  • Maiden Hair Fern(پرسیاوشان)

Promotes airway immune regulation through IgE and IgG and airway inflammation by affecting the levels of cytokines, interleukin-4, -6 and -17, and interferon-γ. 

  • Eucalyptus globulus (روغن سفیدہ)

The Eucalyptus oil reacts with mucous membranes, not only reducing mucus but helping loosen it so that you can cough it up.


Surficol liquid


5ml(1 teaspoon) every 4 hours.


10ml(2 teaspoon) every 4 hours.

Surfi Tablet:

For cough and irritating throat:

Dissolve slowly in mouth two tablets every 4 hours.

For Bronchitis and Asthma:

One tablet every 4 hours.

Now You can easily buy Surfi Tables straight from Qarshi’s Online Health Shop at https://www.qarshihealthshop.com/product/surficol-tablets-250-qurs/

Or you can shop Surficol Syrups as well at



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