Traditional Research | Lung Re-Leaf Hot/Damp

Japanese Honeysuckle flower (Lonicera japonica) cold and dry*

A common weedy plant with fragrant flowers. In Chinese medicine the unopened flower buds are used as a powerful antibacterial and antiviral agent. It is effective in treating influenza, sore throats, colds, bronchitis, and pneumonia.

Ground Ivy herb (Glechoma hederacea) cool and dry*

A relatively little-known herb, it has antiviral, antioxident, anti-inflammatory and expectorant activity. Ground Ivy is used for hot/damp lung conditions,  respiratory infections with fever, yellow-green or bloody sputum. It is an effective remedy for hot pneumonia, bronchitis, or sinusitis.

Pleurisy root fresh root (Aclepias tuberosa) cold and dry*

Indicated for lung conditions where breathing is painful and there is a fever with little or no sweating. It has a long history of use for pleurisy, pneumonia, pericarditis, bronchitis and pneumonitis. It increases diaphoresis, expels mucus, slows a rapid pulse and reduces respiratory pain.

Huang Qin/Baikal Skullcap root (Scutellaria baicalensis) cold and dry*

Commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for excess heat symptoms such as fever, hypertension, red inflamed skin or eyes, nosebleeds, acute hepatitis, uterine bleeding and fire poison (shingles, boils, staph infections). This root is antibacterial and antiviral, making it useful for colds, flu, herpes, bronchial infections and sinusitis.

White Sage leaf (Salvia apiana) cold and dry*

An aromatic member of the sage family that is a carminative, antibacterial, antiviral, and analgesic. Used as a gargle, it reduces pain and inflammation caused by sore throats. It helps to dry up damp sinus infections and  enhances expectoration of mucus.


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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.