Traditional Research | Lung Re-Leaf Hot/Dry

Horehound herb (Marrubium vulgare) cool and moist*

A popular, traditional lung herb and an ingredient in cough drops and syrups, it has antiviral and expectorant activity. The soothing properties of Horehound make it useful for dry unproductive coughs, bronchial irritation and mild bronchitis. This herb is beneficial along with Licorice, Wild Cherry and Mullein for mild asthma and spasmodic coughs.

Red Clover blossom (Trifolium pratense) cool and moist*

A mild lung, lymphatic and liver remedy indicated for cases of irritable cough, whooping cough, cough from measles and tonsillitis.

Platycodon root (Platycodon grandiflorus) neutral, slightly moist*

One of the most important lung remedies in TCM. It is an active expectorant, antitussive, anti-inflammatory, and antipyretic. It is used for sore throats, coughs, laryngitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, lung abcesses, allergic asthma, and allergic rhinitis.

Elecampane root (Inula helenium) neutral, slightly moist*

One of the few lung herbs that is neutral energetically, thus it is appropriate for almost any lung condition. It is an active antiviral, antibacterial and expectorant, as well as a mild yin tonic to the lungs. Elecampane is useful for pneumonia (hot/dry, hot/damp, cold/dry, cold/damp), bronchitis, pertussis (whooping cough), and chest colds, especially if a major symptom is a persistent, ticklish cough with chest or rib pain.

Ophiopogon root (Ophiopogon japonicus) warm and moist*

Used to nourish the lung. Especially useful for dry coughs, dry mouth and lips, hot/dry bronchitis, difficult to expectorate mucus, sore throat, and dry, irritive coughs associated with febrile diseases (measles, influenza, etc.)


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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.