Traditional Research | Lung Re-Leaf Cold/Damp Compound

Thyme herb (Thymus vulgaris) warm and dry*

A flavorful spice and a powerful antibacterial, carminative, antiviral, expectorant, antifungal and antioxidant, Thyme is useful for lung congestion and infections, damp coughs, pertussis, colds, influenza, digestive disorders and PCP pneumonia.

Orange Peel (Citrus spp.) warm and dry*

A superb digestive stimulant, carminative, and expectorant that is little used in the U.S. It is a pleasant tasting herb that warms the lungs, enhances expectoration of hot/dry mucus, and is anti-inflammatory.

Ginger rhizome (Zingiber officinale) hot and dry*

Increases circulation of blood and qi, improves digestion (stimulates HCL) and is useful for nausea, gas, and motion sickness. This spicy herb is also an anti-inflammatory, expectorant, and a diaphoretic. Its anti-inflammatory and expectorant activities make it useful for cold/damp lung conditions.

Osha root (Ligusticum porteri) warm and dry*

Finally being recognized as a major medicinal plant after a long history of use by Native Americans, Osha is antibacterial, an expectorant, and bronchiodilator. It is useful for cold/damp lung conditions, plus it has mild antihistamine activity which makes it useful for rhinitis, head colds and allergies. This aromatic root is also carminative, diaphoretic and an emmenagogue.


Yerba Santa herb (Eryodictyon califonica) warm and dry*

A native of California, this shrubby herbís leaves are antibacterial and expectorant. Yerba Santa acts as a decongestant to lessen inflammation and dry up the sinuses and upper respiratory tract. It is used for cold/damp coughs, pneumonia and chronic bronchitis.


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Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

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*Disclaimer: The information on historical, ethnobotanical and phytotherapeutic uses of herbs and traditional formulas contained herein is based on the experience and research of the author. It is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care provider. Any attempt to diagnose and treat an illness should be done under the direction of a health care professional. The publisher and author are not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the information discussed. Should you have any questions concerning the appropriateness of any preparation mentioned, the author strongly suggests consulting a professional health care advisor.