Acupuncture Continuing Education

Herbs for Respiratory Conditions


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2.0  Wind heat attacks the Lung

Excess wind heat attacks the Lung.


Fever stronger than chills, cough, shortness breath, sweating, sticky mucous or yellow mucous, thirst, sore throat, red tongue with thin yellow coating, floating and rapid pulse.


Sang Ju Yin and Yin Qiao San modification:

Sang Ye           Folium Mori Albae                3-12g
Ju Hua            Flos Chrysanthemi Morifolli      3-12g
Xing Ren          Pruni Armeniacae, Semen          3-9g
Jie Geng          Radix Platycodi Grandiflori      3-12g
Lian Qiao         Fructus Forsythiae Suspensae     3-12g
Bo He             Mentha Haplocalyx                3-6g
Lu Gen            Rhizoma Phragmitis Communis      3-30g
Gan Cao           Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis     3-6g
Jin Yin Hua       Flos Lonicerae Japonicae         3-15g
Niu Bang Zi       Fructus Arctii Lappae            3-12g
Jing Jie          Schizonepetae Tenuifoliae        3-12g
Dan Dou Chi       Semen Sojae Prepaeratum          3-12g
Dan Zhu Ye        Herba Lophatheri Gracilis        3-15g

Sang Ye and Ju Hua release wind heat and clear Lung and Liver heat.  Sang Ye is stronger to clear heat and release the surface and emphasizes clearing the Lung heat.  Sang Ye has a stronger moving function meaning that it acts more quickly than Ju Hua but does not last as long.  Ju Hua has less of a moving function meaning that it is slower to act but lasts longer.  Ju Hua more strongly clears Liver heat. As paired herbs, Ju Hua backs up the initial action of Sang Ye and the two herbs function together synergistically to act quickly and have a lasting result.

Jin Yin Hua and Lian Qiao clear heat toxins and release the surface.  Jin Yin Hua is stronger to release the surface.  Lian Qiao is stronger to clear heat toxins and dissolve nodules.  As paired herbs, Jin Yin Hua has a stronger moving function in that it acts more quickly on the affected regions whereas Lian Qiao lasts longer and has more of a stabilizing function.  In this way, Liao Qiao backs up the initial action of Jin Yin Hua and the two herbs function together synergistically to act quickly and have a lasting result.

Xing Ren and Jie Geng open the Lung Qi to stop coughing.  Xing Ren emphasizes stopping asthma and moistens the intestines.  Jie Geng clears the throat and carries the function of the herb to the upper part of the body (upper jiao).

Bo He and Niu Bang Zi clear heat for the treatment of sore throat.  Bo He is acrid and light weight.  It reduces the irritation of the sore throat and smoothes Liver Qi.  Niu Bang Zi is stronger to clear heat toxins from the sore throat.

Lu Gen and Dan Zhu Ye promote urination and clear heat or damp heat in the Lung.  Lu Gen moistens the throat and clears a sore throat due to heat.  Dan Zhu Ye drains the Heart fire to prevent heat toxins from stagnating in the Heart.

Jing Jie and Dan Dou Chi release the surface.  Jing Jie is stronger to release the surface.  Dan Dou Chi mildly releases the surface and does not cause excess sweating that could damage Yin.  Dan Dou Chi reduces irritability by clearing heat in the Heart.

2.1 Dry cough:

Moisten the dryness, clear heat and stop cough.


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Chuan Bei Mu            Bulbus Fritillariae Cirrhosae          3-12g
Kuan Dong Hua           Tussilaginis Farfarea, Flos            3-12g
Pi Pa Ye                Eriobotryae Japonica, Folium           3-12g
Dong Gua Ren            Semen Benincasae Hispidae              3-30g
Bai Mao Gen             Rhizoma Imperatae Cylindricae          3-30g
Tian Hua Fen            Radix Trichosanthis Kirilowii          3-12g
Xuan Shen               Radix Scrophulariae Ningpoensis        3-15g
Mai Men Dong            Tuber Ophiopogonis Japonici            3-12g
(Bei) Sha Shen          Radix Adenophorae seu Glehniae         3-12g
Sheng Di Huang          Radix Rehmanniae Glutinosae            3-30g

Chuan Bei Mu, Kuan Dong Hua and Pi Pa Ye moisten the Lung and stop coughing.  Chuan Bei Mu emphasizes stopping a dry cough and treats a sticky yellow phlegm type of cough.  Kuan Dong Hua expels phlegm and stops coughs.  Pi Pa Ye is light weight, stops mild dry coughs, and clears Lung and Stomach heat.

Dong Gua Ren and Bai Mao Gen clear Lung Heat and promote urination.  Dong Gua Ren emphasizes clearing Lung and stomach heat and expelling hot phlegm.  Bai Mao Gen emphasizes moistening the dry sore throat and stopping bleeding.

Tian Hua Fen, Xuan Shen, Mai Men Dong, Sha Shen and Xuan Shen moisten the dry throat and Lung.  Tian Hua Fen is stronger to clear hot phlegm toxins and dissolves nodules.  Xuan Shen’s emphasis is to moisten the dry throat and Lung, cool the heat in the blood level, clear heat toxins and dissolves nodules.  Mai Men Dong clears dry sore throats, calms the Heart and clears Stomach heat.  Sha Shen has a strong moistening quality to eliminate the dry throat and Lung.  Sheng Di Huang can moisten Yin, fluid and blood.  It also cools heat in the blood level.

2.2. Coughing blood:

Cool the heat, stop bleeding.

Ce Bai Ye         Cacumen Biotae Orientalis                3-12g
Bai Mao Gen       Rhizoma Imperatae Cylindricae            3-30g
Xian He Cao       Herba Agrimony Pilosae                   3-30g
Xi Yang Shen      Radix Panacis Quincquefolii              3-12g

Ce Bei Ye, Bai Mao Gen and Xian He Cao cool the blood and stop bleeding.  Ce Bi Ye emphasizes cooling the blood and stopping bleeding. Bai Mao Gen clears heat in the Lung and Stomach, moistens the dryness, promotes urination, and stops bleeding.  Xian He Cao has a neutral temperature, emphasizes its astringent quality, and stops bleeding.

Xi Yang Shen cools the heat, moistens the Yin, strengthens the Qi and stops Lung hemorrhaging.


About Prof. Liao:
Professor Liao, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., has served as professor of herbology and acupuncture theory at the Academy of Chinese Culture & Health Sciences in Oakland, CA. Prof. Liao has also served as faculty at Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, CA. His many years of teaching experience bring the highest quality of interesting and useful courses to HealthCMI continuing education online.



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