Cough & Phlegm
Cough is the No. 1 reason Americans seek medical attention yet over-the-counter medicines are largely ineffective. Chinese medicines may help.
We all cough once in a while. Most of the time, cough goes away by itself. Although annoying and disturbing, cough on its own often does not prompt a doctor's visit. Coughs can be related to ailments such as cold and flu, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, or acid reflux. Smoking cigarettes can also cause a cough. A cough may be dry or productive, depending on whether phlegm is coughed out. Coughing is the body’s protective reflex to expel harmful substances from the respiratory tract (e. g., in the form of phlegm).
The best way to treat a cough is to first identify its underlying cause. Antibiotics work best for cough caused by bacterial infections,
and bronchodilator inhalers like albuterol can control coughing due to asthma. Generic cough medicines are available over the counter (OTC)
that either suppress the body's urge to cough (cough suppressants, such as dextromethorphan) or loosen mucus from the respiratory tract
(expectorants, such as guaifenesin). These drugs have been used in common cough medicines like Robitussin for decades. A 2001 study found that
there is no clinical evidence that OTC cough expectorants or suppressants actually relieve a cough. In 2006, the American College of Chest
Physicians published a guideline that strongly recommended against the use of OTC cough and cold medications for children ages
14 years and younger.
A cough is a common symptom that’s been well-studied in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and many good Chinese herbal medicines have been developed as a result. The average cough can be a symptom of many different afflictions in traditional Chinese medicine, which is why correct pattern distinction is critical in selecting the right Chinese medicine. To do so, the following TCM concepts need to be taken into account.
A) Whether the cough is caused by external factors like cold, flu, or by chronic issues like bronchitis or asthma. Coughing caused by cold or flu has a sudden onset and usually lasts less than three weeks. However, if it is not cured, the cough may become chronic. A cough caused by chronic bronchitis is likely chronic, harder to cure, and leaves the body more susceptible to further infection.
B) Whether phlegm is coughed up and what is the type of phlegm. A cough is dry if little phlegm is generated. Phlegm may have many variations such as clear, sticky, whitish, gray, yellow, hot etc.
C) Whether cough comes with other symptoms. For example, cough may occur with wheezing and short of breath; cough may be associated with digestive problems like stomach fullness, loose or dry stool.
ActiveHerb has the privilege of fully appreciating the breadth and depth of TCM cough treatments, and as a result, we make a variety of Chinese cough remedies available for our customers. Please read more about each formula before selecting one for your particular cough type. Consultation with a doctor or TCM practitioner is advised.
1. Ke Chuan Pian: Our signature Chinese herbal formula for both cough and asthma, whether they are due to colds, flu or chronic bronchitis.
2. Sang Ju Wan: The classic formula is used at the early stage of the cold or flu when sore throat just appears and cough is still light. The Chinese medicine is also used for whooping cough.
3. Bai He Gu Jin Pian: The herbal formula is for dry cough due to Ying deficiency of the Lung. Phlegm is little. The cough may come with hectic fever, heat sensation in the palms, sweating, and thirst.
4. Qing Qi Hua Tan Pian: This Chinese medicine is recommended for chronic cough that produces a thick, yellow phlegm.
5. Er Chen He San Zi Yang Qin Pian: Formed by combining two classic formulas, the Chinese medicine is for cough caused by digestive problems. The cough is associated with chest fullness, fatigue, nausea, loose stool.