Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Cough - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

The Chinese Medicine treatment of cough generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

A cough is the body's reaction to irritants in the airways, which carry air to and from the lungs. When the lungs become irritated, the nerve endings in the airways react by clearing out the lungs--or coughing. Often, coughing is a symptom of a larger medical issue such as acid reflux disease, an upper respiratory infection, asthma or a common cold.

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for coughing.

The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Cough


There are no tongren treatment protocols associated at this time.


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The following herbal formulas from our store are potentially useful for cough:

Bai He Gu Jin Wan
Er Chen He San Zi Yang Qin Wan
Gan Mao Ling
Gu Ben Wan
Honey Loquat Cough Syrup
Oogmi Daewae Menja – Respiratory Problems Tea
Ping Chuan Pill
Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan
Sheng Mai Yin Wan
Su Zi Jiang Qi Wan

The following (27) acupuncture points may be useful for cough. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)



There are (24) Chinese herbs currently associated with cough. Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for cough. For the most part treatment would be decided by the presenting TCM patterns and with formulas such as those listed in the next section.

TCM Herbal Formulas That May Be Useful For Cough

TCM FormulaClinical Functions
Bai He Gu Jin Wan

For lung and kidney yin deficiency with signs such as dry cough, possibly with blood streaked sputum, dry and sore throat, heat in the five palms, nightsweats, wheezing.

The Pulse will be thin and rapid and the Tongue will be red with little coating.

Ban Xia Hou Po Wan

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Er Chen He San Zi Yang Qin Wan

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Gan Mao Ling

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Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan

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Sheng Mai San Wan

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Sheng Mai Yin Wan

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Su Zi Jiang Qi Wan

Cough with watery, copious sputum, breathing issues such as wheezing, asthma, shortness of breath (particularly difficulty inhaling), chest oppression.  Possibly signs of kidney qi/yang deficiency such as edema, weak low back and/or legs, fatigue.

The Tongue will have a white coating that can be either greasy or slippery.

Xiao Qing Long Wan

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