Traditional Research | Lung Re-Leaf Cold/Dry Compound

Prince Seng root (Pseudostellaria heterophylla) warm and moist*

Called “ginseng of the lungs” in Chinese medicine, Prince Seng is a yin tonic, mild adaptogen, demulcent and nutritive. It is useful for dry, irritated lungs, dry coughs, emphysema, post-pneumonia debility, fatigue (with Schisandra) and deficient spleen patterns.

Astragalus root (A. membranaceus) warm and moist*

It strengthens the immune reservoir and wei qi. A superior tonic, it is used for rebuilding depleted immune activity. Regular use has been shown in studies to prevent colds, influenza, bronchitis, and sinusitis. It is also useful for chronic lung qi deficiency with shortness of breath, asthma, or COPD.

Spikenard root (Aralia racemosa) warm and moist*

A member of the Araliaceae family, spikenard is an underutilized but valuable medicinal plant. The root has antibacterial and expectorant activity. It is an excellent ingredient in cough syrups; it soothes coughs exacerbated by cold and dryness such as winter coughs. Spikenard is a very helpful tonic for chronic lung conditions brought on by smoking and inhaling particulates. It increases mucus secretions to re-establish normal moisture and soothe inflammation and irritation.

Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra or G. uralensis) warm and moist*

With a long history of use in China and the Middle East, this intensely sweet root is an adaptogen, demulcent, expectorant, pectoral, antiviral and antidepressant. Licorice strengthens endocrine function. The demulcent action heals mucous membrane tissue especially the stomach (ulcers), large and small intestine (irritable bowel syndrome) and lung (dry, irritated cough). Excessive use of Licorice can elevate blood pressure.

Chinese Asparagus root (Asparagus cochinchinensis) warm and moist*

A yin tonic that is moistening and tonifying to mucous membrane tissue of the lungs and stomach. It is indicated for dry mouth, dry coughs, dry, sticky, hard-to-expectorate mucus, vaginal dryness, gastric irritation and other common signs of yin deficiency.


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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.