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 TCM Diagnostic Patterns May Be Involved With Cough

Acupuncture Points That May Be Useful For Cough

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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