Respiratory – Chronic

Chronic Cough and Respiratory Disorders in Chinese Medicine

Chronic and long standing respiratory disorders are annoying and difficult to treat Chinese herbs can help to shorten the duration. A chronic cough is more than just an annoyance it can ruin your sleep and leave you feeling exhausted. And in Severe cases it can result in vomiting, light headedness, depression, even rib fractures.Chronic cough is defined as lasting eight weeks or longer in adults, four weeks in children. While it can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint the problem that’s triggering a chronic cough, the most common causes are postnasal drip, asthma, tobacco use and acid reflex — the back flow of stomach acid that can irritate your throat. Chronic cough typically disappears once the underlying problem is treated. In Chinese medicine Chronic cough is considered to be a combination of the patterns external invasion of wind heat or wind cold, or internal patterns of yin deficiency, phlegm accumulation and lung qi deficiency. To treat these patterns we must Clear wind invasion, tonify the yin, clear phlegm accumulation, and tonify the lungs.  When looking for a more modern day formula for these patterns, look for one containing at least one of the herbs below:

Best Chinese Herbs for Chronic Respiratory, and Chronic Cough

Zi Su Ye –  Releases wind-cold from the exterior, eliminates phlegm, and stop coughing.

Xing Ren – Has a marked effect to suppress cough, as it causes Lung qi to descend.

Su Zi – Eliminates phlegm and descends Lung qi to relieve cough


Formulas Containing Chinese Herbs for Chronic Respiratory, and Chronic Cough