Cough Relief (C) - Chronic dry cough or cough with very little phlegm...  新舊久咳
Cough Relief (C) - Chronic dry cough or cough with very little phlegm...  新舊久咳
Cough Relief (C) - Chronic dry cough or cough with very little phlegm...  新舊久咳
YinCough (new and old) - dry cough more during the night...  新舊久咳 - Silkie
Cough Relief (C) - Chronic dry cough or cough with very little phlegm...  新舊久咳
Cough Relief (C) - Chronic dry cough or cough with very little phlegm...  新舊久咳

Cough Relief (C) - Chronic dry cough or cough with very little phlegm... 新舊久咳

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An empirical herbal blend to clear mucus and support Lung Yin to stop dry cough that occurs mostly at night.*

Non-GMO | Gluten-Free | No sugar, corn, or dairy  | No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, chemical binders, or wax 

100% Pure all natural herbs, blended, made, and packaged in the USA

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

A Proven, Researched-Backed Cough (C) Formula

Studies published in journals such as the Frontiers of Pharmacology have highlighted the anti-inflammatory properties of Bulbus Fritillariae Cirrhosae, BFC (Chuan Bei Mu). These studies have demonstrated its evidently anti-inflammatory activity and obviously alleviates lung inflammation, its significant effects in reducing inflammation and managing the symptoms such as fever, dry cough, phlegm, asthma, and sore throat. Similarly, research in Brazilian Journal of Pharmacognosy has demonstrated that Eriobotryae Folium (Loquat Leaf) has significant anti-inflammatory activities. These studies have attributed these effects to the high content of triterpenoids found in Loquat Leaf. As a result, it can effectively alleviate cough symptoms and reduce airway mucus secretion. This makes it particularly beneficial for individuals experiencing cough-related symptoms.

This proven experienced formula shown to: 
  • Clears mucus while supporting the Lungs and Spleen.*
  • Mild support of the Kidneys.*
  • Moistens the Lungs and throat to stop dry cough.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

For adults, as a dietary supplement, take 5 - 10 pills with warm water once or twice daily if needed. For children 5 - teens take 2 to 5 pills one to four times daily. If taking other medication or supplements, allow at least 2 hours before or after using this product.

Different individuals may experience different symptoms, including:

  • Lingering dry cough or cough with very little phlegm
  • Nighttime cough 
  • Nasal congestion
  • Chronic cough

Eat similarly portioned meals 3 times per day at regularly designated times. Rest more and stay away from wind/drafts, cold, or AC. Sip or drink lukewarm water every 15 minutes to moisten the throat.

No raw, uncooked veggies and fruits. It is best to avoid eating sweets; greasy or deep fried foods; dairy; pungent or heavily seasoned foods; pickled foods; and burnt meats. No smoking, alcohol, coffee, and cold beverages. No iced beverages including smoothies. 

Allow at least 2 ½ hours between eating the last bite and going to bed. Try to minimize fluid intake after 7pm. If you get thirsty, just sip water. Try to be in bed by 10:30 pm and sleep from 11 pm to 7 am.

May combine Energy Endurance 1 pill along with this formula taken together to enhance the lungs Qi.

Serving Size 10 pills
Serving Per Container 30
Amount Per Serving 3000mg
Herbal Blend:
Aster tataricus
Eriobotryae Folium
Tangerine Peel
Farfarae Flos
Radix Stemonae
Bulbus Fritillariae Cirrhosae
Other ingredients: Pure honey to aid digestion and absorption

Keep out of reach of children. Use only as directed. If any signs of discomfort or irritation occur, discontinue use and consult your physician. 

Please note that a TCM formula is prescribed based on a diagnosed pattern and multiple formulas are usually prescribed to treat the whole person. Please consult a professional TCM practitioner, they will be best able to guide you.

Ingredients

Ingredients

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Aster tataricus

Aster tataricus (Zi Wan) known for its ability to clear heat and resolve phlegm, Aster tataricus is often used to alleviate symptoms of coughs and respiratory infections.

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Eriobotryae folium

Eriobotryae Folium (Loquat Leaf) is commonly used to soothe coughs, reduce phlegm, and relieve inflammation in the respiratory tract. It is also known for its antitussive properties.

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Japanese stemona root

Japanese Stemona Root (Bai Bu) is valued for its ability to relieve coughs, expel phlegm, and soothe the throat. It is commonly used in formulas for respiratory conditions such as chronic bronchitis and asthma.

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Bulbus fritillariae cirrhosae

Bulbus Fritillariae Cirrhosae, Fritillaria Bulb (Chuan Bei Mu) is known for its expectorant and antitussive properties, making it effective for treating coughs, especially those with thick, stubborn phlegm. It is often used in formulas for conditions like bronchitis and pulmonary infections.

honey is the only binding agent
no artificial fillers or ingredients
herbs harvested at the height of potency

100% Natural

Our herbal supplements are made with natural honey as the binder. Honey can support the lungs, intestine, spleen, and stomach; It works as a natural preservative with antibacterial and healing properties. Unlike other herbal supplement companies that use starch, magnesium, and other chemical substances as binders for their supplements, we only use 100% honey. We also avoid using vegetable capsules because they require chemical components to form the capsule shape.

Peak Harvest Herbs

The herbs in our herbal pill blends are harvested at the height of their potency and they are substantially more expensive than less potent herbs that were harvested in the pre-or post-season, but in our view, there is no substitute for premium quality.

5 Generations

Over five generations we have collected, tested and refined Chinese herbal formulas that themselves draw from 3000 years of experience of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Traditional Chinese Medicine is a profound pathway to create the life you were born to live. It's a timeless bridge that can initiate and support change and growth in any and every life dimension: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. 

TCM history

Message From Ann

“Good Health is crucial for our overall well-being. It encompasses physical, mental, and emotional aspects, and it's important to prioritize taking care of ourselves to lead a fulfilling life. Emphasizing prevention over cure is paramount for maintaining this balance. Without health, life can become incredibly challenging. It affects our ability to pursue our goals, enjoy our relationships, and experience daily life to the fullest. Good health forms the foundation for everything else we want to achieve and experience.” - Ann Tam

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Ann's Story

Here's my story.

If you feel skeptical or unsure of Chinese herbal remedies, I could hardly blame you. I wasn't a believer either until my daughter grew very sick and my father (the 4th generation herbalist) helped her get better with herbs.

I was born into a family of herbalists. My father, my grandfather, my great-grandfather, great-great grandfather were all herbalists. I represent the 5th generation in this long lineage dating back to Imperial China.

When I was three or four years old, I started to learn herbal songs and how to identify herbs. As I got older, I was taught how to process the herbs while working in my dad’s clinic in Vietnam. After we immigrated to the United States, my dad asked me if I wanted to pursue a career in TCM as an herbalist or acupuncturist. I said, “No, just leave me alone, Dad. I will find something I enjoy doing for work.” So, he left me alone to find my own way.

I wanted nothing to do with herbal medicine until I gave birth to my second daughter, Catherine, who was born with severe gastric reflux. When Catherine was 10 days old, I had to take her to the ER for IV injections into her little hand because she couldn’t keep milk down. Besides vomiting, she also was having diarrhea. Catherine was losing nutrition from both ends, so her tiny body was shrinking. At that time my dad warned me, “She needs to be treated with herbal medicine, otherwise she will have seizures later on.” I didn’t fully understand what my dad was talking about, so I ignored him.

My daughter got so ill that she could only take half an ounce of milk per hour. Before feeding her, I would use a syringe and shoot Zantac into her mouth to lessen the vomiting. As time passed, she needed milk more often, and consequently more Zantac. By the time Catherine was 8 months old, she needed to be fed and medicated 11 times a day.

I could hardly sleep, eat, shower or rest. Even at night, I had to drape my daughter over my shoulder for her to sleep. If I put Catherine down, she would vomit. I barely had time to squeeze in a 5-minute shower once or twice a week for myself. I was exhausted, but what could I do? I had to care for my daughter and do my best to survive each day with the hope that she would get better or at the very least her condition would not worsen.

Catherine had to wear a turtleneck with two sweaters along with a baby cap and scarf to be outside during the heat of summer, even when temperatures were 100 plus degrees. If I didn’t cover her up, she would have a runny nose, cough, and non stop vomiting. How will she be able to go to school or anywhere with air conditioning?

One day we went to a Vietnamese pho restaurant. After I set Catherine down into the high-chair, I turned around and adjusted my chair. Then I heard a woman’s shout, “Look at her!” I looked in the direction she pointed. It was Catherine…her eyes rolled up and her entire body stiff and shaking with fluid coming out of her mouth. Someone said, “Squeeze some lemon into her mouth.” I did it without hesitating and Catherine’s body relaxed.

We rushed her to the ER. For 3 days she was in the NICU where they monitored her brain. The doctors told me I was lucky because my daughter’s seizure didn’t last for more than 3 minutes which would have damaged her brain. After that I always carried a piece of lemon because I had no idea when my baby girl might have another seizure.

The seizures started to come weekly, so the doctor prescribed anti-seizure medication. Catherine wasn’t even 1 year of age, and already she was taking Zantac 11 times plus anti-seizure medicine 3 times a day. It was nearly impossible to administer the anti-seizure medicine because whenever I took out the syringe, she would cry and start vomiting.

I took Catherine to see a specialist at CHOC. I asked, “Doctor, have you ever seen any infant with this condition get well?” The doctor replied, “It depends. Some will grow out of it, but some don’t. If they don’t, then they will have to take medication for the rest of their life.”

“What do you mean by grow out of it?” The doctor explained that Catherine might get better by herself as she got older.

My mind was racing. “All this time the prescribed medication has not been treating her stomach?” The doctor said, “No, it only helps to guide the food down, so she won’t vomit it back up. That’s why you have to give it to her before the feeding.”

“Well, what if she doesn’t grow out of it?” In that case, Catherine will be dependent upon medication for the rest of her life. The doctor further informed me that she too was born with gastro reflux and is still taking medicine for the condition.

Her statement was like lightning in my brain. If the doctor can’t even treat herself for gastro reflux, how can she help my daughter? Seeing the futility of my path, I turned to my dad for help.

My dad advised me to stop all western drugs and to give her an herbal prescription 3 times a day. Administering medicine 3 times instead of 14 times a day to Catherine was a godsend to me. Even though it sounded too good to be true, I figured that I could still give Zantac to Catherine if she didn’t get better or continued to vomit.

After one month of herbs 3 times a day, Catherine vomited less and less. To test Catherine, I let her cry to see if she would vomit. She didn’t, so I knew she was getting better. After another month of herbal medicine, Catherine was able to wear less clothing without getting a runny nose, coughing, or vomiting. After 3 months of herbal formulas, she stopped having episodes of gastro reflux and seizure. Catherine will enjoy a normal, healthy life.

Because of Catherine’s dramatic recovery, I was sold on Chinese medicine and asked my dad to treat me. I fainted very easily, especially during the winter. After a few months of herbal formulas, I have never fainted again.

I started to have time to think and tried to understand why a piece of lemon helps to relax the muscles and stop a seizure. Lemon is a common citrus, yet it has magical powers that we don’t understand and underestimate. I wanted to learn more and find answers, so I decided to go to China which has a long history of herbal medicine. I went to TCM schools in China and Hong Kong and worked in the TCM hospitals to learn from the best herbal doctors in the world.

When I was there, I knew one day I would want to become an herbalist, but how can I get a steady supply of high-quality herbs. My dad and I backpacked across China and visited many farmlands. We interviewed farmers to grow herbs for us. Our products are used with the highest quality herbs that have been harvested at the height of their potency. They are substantially more expensive than less potent herbs that were harvested in the pre- or post-season.

After I came back to the United State, I worked with my dad and learned from his experiences and studied the formulas that our ancestors passed down. What I have been through helped me to understand the importance of health. Without health, don’t even talk about career, beauty, education, freedom, etc. I now have worked with many families who have suffered as I have. Their endearing appreciation drives me to work harder.

Our namesake "Silkie" is a Chinese breed of chicken that is well known for its calm and friendly temperament. They are gentle and caring and make wonderful mothers. A Silkie loves nothing more than brooding a cluster of eggs, whether they are hers or not, even if they are "duck eggs". We share the same outlook and care for our clients the same way we care for our own family.

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Understanding Chronic Cough: A Comprehensive Guide


Chronic cough is a persistent cough lasting longer than eight weeks in adults or four weeks in children. It's often a symptom of an underlying condition and can be caused by various factors such as smoking, asthma, postnasal drip, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and certain medications. Chronic cough can significantly impact quality of life and may require medical evaluation and treatment to address the underlying cause.

Types of Cough


  • Dry Cough: A dry cough produces little or no mucus or phlegm and is often caused by irritants such as smoke, dust, or allergies. It can also be a symptom of viral infections like the common cold or flu, or conditions like asthma or GERD.
  • Wet or Productive Cough: This type of cough produces mucus or phlegm, which may be clear, white, yellow, or green in color. It helps clear the airways of excess mucus and is commonly seen with respiratory infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia.
  • Barking Cough: Characterized by a harsh, dry sound resembling a seal or dog bark, barking coughs are often associated with croup, a viral infection that affects the upper airway in children.

Types of Cough


  • Whooping Cough: Also known as pertussis, whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial infection characterized by severe, repeated coughing fits followed by a "whooping" sound when inhaling.
  • Nighttime Cough: Coughing that worsens at night can be caused by various factors, including postnasal drip, asthma, GERD, or environmental triggers like dust or allergens.
  • Chronic Cough: A cough that persists for an extended period, usually lasting longer than eight weeks in adults or four weeks in children. Chronic coughs may be caused by underlying conditions such as asthma, GERD, or chronic bronchitis.

Western Medicine Perspective on Chronic Cough


In Western medicine, chronic cough is typically defined as a cough that lasts for eight weeks or longer in adults or four weeks or longer in children. The condition can be caused by various factors, including:

Cause


  • Respiratory Infections: Chronic cough may result from lingering respiratory infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia.
  • Asthma: Asthma-related coughing can persist even after other asthma symptoms have subsided, especially if the condition is not well-managed.
  • GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease): Chronic cough can be a symptom of GERD when stomach acid irritates the esophagus and triggers coughing.
  • Postnasal Drip: Excess mucus dripping down the back of the throat due to conditions like allergies or sinusitis can lead to chronic cough.
  • Chronic Bronchitis: Inflammation of the bronchial tubes can result in persistent coughing, especially in smokers or individuals with prolonged exposure to irritants.
  • Medication Side Effects: Certain medications, particularly ACE inhibitors used to treat high blood pressure, can cause chronic cough as a side effect.

Symptoms and Diagnosis


  • Chronic cough may include coughing that persists for weeks or months, coughing up blood or discolored mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest pain, and fatigue.
  • Chronic cough involves a thorough medical history review, physical examination, and possibly diagnostic tests such as chest X-rays, pulmonary function tests, CT scans, or bronchoscopy.

Treatment


  • Medications: Depending on the cause, treatments may include antibiotics for bacterial infections, bronchodilators or corticosteroids for asthma, or proton pump inhibitors for GERD.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: Avoiding triggers such as smoke, allergens, or irritants, staying hydrated, and using humidifiers can help alleviate symptoms.
  • Behavioral Therapy: Techniques such as cough suppression strategies or speech therapy may be beneficial for certain individuals with chronic cough.
  • Treating Underlying Conditions: Managing underlying conditions such as asthma, GERD, or sinusitis can help reduce coughing episodes.
  • Cough Suppressants: In some cases, over-the-counter or prescription cough suppressants may provide temporary relief, but they should be used cautiously, especially if coughing is productive or chronic.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Perspective on Chronic Cough


In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), chronic cough is viewed as a manifestation of imbalances in the body's Qi (vital energy), Blood, and organs. Here's an overview of TCM's perspective on chronic cough:

Cause


External Pathogens: Chronic cough can be triggered by the invasion of external pathogens such as wind, cold, heat, or dampness. According to TCM principles, these pathogens disrupt the body's normal functions, particularly those of the lungs, which are responsible for respiratory health. For example:

  • Wind-Cold Invasion: Exposure to cold and windy weather can cause the lung channels to constrict, hindering their ability to disperse Qi and fluids effectively. This leads to symptoms such as a deep, heavy cough, thin and white phlegm, an itchy throat, and accompanying symptoms like nasal congestion, runny nose, headache, fever, and chills.
  • Wind-Heat Invasion: When exposed to heat combined with wind, inflammatory conditions may arise, irritating the respiratory tract and leading to coughing and phlegm production. Symptoms of wind-heat invasion include frequent and severe coughing, dry and painful throat, yellow, sticky phlegm that is difficult to expel, sweating due to body heat, and a thin yellow tongue coating.
  • Wind-Dry Cough: This type of cough often occurs in autumn and is characterized by an itchy throat, dry cough, sore throat, dry lips and nose, and a red tongue with a thin coating. It may also involve symptoms like sneezing, swollen or watery eyes, itchiness around the eyes, nose, mouth, or skin, and the presence of red spots on the hands and feet or hives. Phlegm production may be minimal, or it may be sticky and difficult to expel.
  • Dampness: Excessive dampness, either in the environment or within the body, can obstruct the lungs' dispersing function, leading to the accumulation of phlegm and a chronic cough. Symptoms of dampness-related cough include heavy coughing, sticky or thick phlegm, worsening of symptoms in the morning or after meals, shortness of breath, and chest pain while coughing. Phlegm may appear sticky or yellow, and it may be difficult to expel.

Cause


Internal Imbalances: Chronic cough may also result from weaknesses or disharmonies in the internal organs, particularly the lungs, spleen, kidneys, and liver. These imbalances disrupt the body's regulatory functions and contribute to the development of chronic cough. For instance:

  • Lung Qi Deficiency: Weakness in lung Qi impairs its ability to regulate respiration and expel pathogens effectively, leading to chronic cough and respiratory weakness. This type of cough is characterized by a weak, low cough, thin and white sputum, excessive sweating, fear of wind, and a pale complexion. Patients with lung Qi deficiency are particularly susceptible to cold and may experience worsened symptoms in cold weather.
  • Spleen Qi Deficiency: The spleen plays a crucial role in transforming and transporting fluids in the body. When the spleen Qi is weak, it may fail to properly manage fluids, resulting in the accumulation of dampness and phlegm. This accumulation can manifest as a chronic cough. Symptoms may include a heavy cough, sticky or thick phlegm, and worsening of symptoms in damp or humid environments.
  • Kidney Deficiency: The kidneys are considered the root of Qi and vitality in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Weakness in the kidneys can lead to a decline in respiratory function and contribute to a chronic cough. Patients with kidney deficiency may experience symptoms such as a weak cough, fatigue, and susceptibility to respiratory infections.
  • Lung Yin Depletion: Lung Yin depletion occurs when there is a deficiency of Yin energy in the lungs, leading to a dry cough, white and sticky or blood-streaked phlegm, low-grade fever, and dry mouth. Patients may also experience symptoms such as red cheeks in the afternoon and night sweats. Treatment aims to nourish Yin energy and moisten the lungs to alleviate symptoms.
  • Liver Qi Stagnation: Emotional factors such as stress, frustration, or anger can lead to liver Qi stagnation, which may manifest as symptoms such as chest tightness, distention, or paroxysms of coughing. Patients may also experience a red face during coughing, a bitter taste in the mouth, and a dry throat. Treatment focuses on soothing the liver, promoting the smooth flow of Qi, and addressing emotional imbalances to alleviate symptoms of coughing.

Cause


Emotional Factors: Emotional disturbances, such as grief, worry, or anger, can weaken the body's defensive Qi and disrupt its regulatory functions, including those of the lungs. Chronic stress or emotional turmoil can lead to imbalances in the body's energetic systems, affecting respiratory health and contributing to chronic cough. For example:

  • Qi Stagnation: Emotional stress can lead to stagnation of Qi, particularly in the liver, which may manifest as symptoms of chest tightness, constriction, or chronic cough.
  • Deficiency Patterns: Prolonged emotional distress can deplete the body's Qi and vitality, leading to weakness in the lungs, spleen, or kidneys, and increasing susceptibility to chronic cough and respiratory issues.

Symptoms


  • Persistent coughing that lasts for weeks or months.
  • Phlegm production, which may be thin or thick, clear or colored.
  • Wheezing or chest tightness.
  • Fatigue, weakness, or other signs of Qi deficiency.

Diagnosis


  • Pattern Differentiation: Identifying the underlying patterns of disharmony such as Lung Qi deficiency, Lung Heat, Phlegm-Dampness, or Kidney Qi deficiency.
  • Tongue and Pulse Examination: Assessing the tongue's color, coating, and moisture, as well as the quality of the pulse, to determine the nature of the imbalance.

Treatment


  • Clearing Heat or Cold: Herbal formulas with Chinese herbs for chronic cough may be prescribed to clear excess Heat or Cold from the lungs, depending on the underlying pattern.
  • Transforming Phlegm: Chinese herbs for Chronic Cough that resolve Phlegm and promote its expulsion may be used to address Phlegm-Dampness or Phlegm-Heat conditions.
  • Tonifying Qi and Yin: For chronic cough due to Qi deficiency or Yin deficiency, herbs that tonify Qi or nourish Yin may be recommended to strengthen the body's resistance and alleviate symptoms.
  • Regulating Lung Function: Acupuncture and herbal medicine may be utilized to regulate lung function, improve respiratory circulation, and alleviate coughing.
  • Addressing Underlying Imbalances: Treatment aims to address the root causes of chronic cough by restoring balance to the body's energetic systems and organs.

Decoding the Colors of Phlegm in Your Health Journey

Clear or White Phlegm:

  • Dampness or Cold: Clear or white phlegm is often associated with conditions of dampness or cold in the body. It may indicate an imbalance in the spleen or lungs, characterized by poor fluid metabolism or weakened lung function.

Yellow Phlegm:

  • Heat or Infection: Yellow phlegm typically indicates the presence of heat or infection in the body. It may be a sign of acute respiratory infections, such as bronchitis or pneumonia, or chronic conditions with underlying heat patterns.

Green Phlegm:

  • Heat and Toxins: Green phlegm suggests the presence of heat and toxins in the body, often associated with severe infections or inflammatory conditions. It may indicate a more advanced stage of illness or the body's efforts to expel pathogens.

Brown or Rust-Colored Phlegm:

  • Stagnation or Old Blood: Brown or rust-colored phlegm may indicate the presence of old blood or stagnation in the body. It can be seen in cases of chronic lung conditions, such as chronic bronchitis or pulmonary tuberculosis, where there is long-term inflammation or damage to the lung tissue.

Black Phlegm:

  • Severe Heat or Toxins: Black phlegm is a rare but concerning sign that suggests severe heat or toxicity in the body. It may be seen in cases of severe lung infections, occupational exposure to pollutants or toxins, or advanced stages of lung disease which may already affect the Kidneys.

Foamy or Frothy Phlegm:

  • Dampness or Phlegm-Dampness: Foamy or frothy phlegm often indicates the presence of dampness or phlegm-dampness in the body. It may be associated with conditions such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, or congestive heart failure, where there is an accumulation of fluid in the lungs.
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Traditional Chinese Medicine Formulas vs Current Herbalism


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) boasts an extensive history of herbal treatment, developed over thousands of years, offering valuable insights. In contrast to Western herbalism's reliance on single herbs at high doses, TCM utilizes combinations of 4 to 10 herbs, working synergistically to address various body imbalances. This approach enhances positive effects and minimizes negative side effects. TCM formulas not only alleviate symptoms but also target the root cause of the imbalance, allowing for reduced or discontinued herbal intake as health improves.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Formulas vs Current Herbalism


While the medical industry and research groups focus on isolating and extracting specific compounds from herbs or herbal extracts offer concentrated compounds for new treatments, this approach may limit the benefits. The process of extracting herbs often involves the use of solvents or high heat, which can degrade the quality of the active compounds and may also introduce harmful residues. TCM emphasizes the use of whole herbs, where naturally occurring compounds complement each other, maximizing therapeutic effects.

Silkie’s Herbal Formulas


Silkie is the result of five generations of experience and wisdom in Chinese Medicine. We start with the highest quality herbs that have been harvested at the height of their potency. They are substantially more expensive than less potent herbs that were harvested in the pre-or post-season, but in our view, there is no substitute for premium quality. Our supplements are made with natural honey as the binder. We don't use any fillers or artificial ingredients because this is how our great-grandfathers did it and we carry on that tradition.

Silkie’s Herbal Formulas


Herbal formulations take years and years to master and the most potent formulas are often kept as family or lineage secrets. This rich tradition is a very valuable gift from previous generations. With five generations of crafting formulas to help the local community, we have refined the herbal blends for modern life. 

Silkie utilizes herbal formulations tailored to individual patterns of imbalance. These formulas typically consist of a combination of herbs chosen for their synergistic effects in addressing both the symptoms and root causes.

Introducing the Highest Quality Herbs Inside Cough Relief (C) Formula

In TCM, Aster Tataricus (Zi Wan)

Nature and Flavor: Zi Wan is classified as bitter and slightly warm in taste and nature. Its bitter flavor helps to clear heat and resolve phlegm, while its warmth helps to promote the flow of Qi (vital energy) and alleviate symptoms of cold.

Meridian Affinity: This herb primarily targets the Lung and Large Intestine meridians.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Moistening the Lungs: Zi Wan is prized for its ability to moisten the Lungs and alleviate symptoms of dryness, such as dry cough, dry throat, and hoarseness.
  2. Resolving Phlegm: It has a special affinity for resolving phlegm and relieving cough, particularly when caused by Lung heat or phlegm-heat obstructing the Lungs.
  3. Relieving Cough: Zi Wan also helps to relieve cough and expel phlegm from the respiratory tract, making it beneficial for conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Common Applications:

  • Dry cough: Zi Wan is frequently used to treat dry cough and lung conditions associated with Lung dryness, such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, and tuberculosis.
  • Phlegm-heat cough: Its ability to resolve phlegm and clear heat makes it beneficial for treating cough with yellow or green phlegm, sore throat, and fever.
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): Zi Wan's ability to moisten the Lungs and relieve cough makes it useful for managing symptoms of COPD, such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.

Preparation and Dosage: Zi Wan can be prepared in various forms, including decoctions, teas, syrups, and extracts. The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Eriobotryae Folium (Pi Pa Ye)

Nature and Flavor: Pi Pa Ye is classified as bitter and slightly cold in taste and nature. Its bitter flavor helps to clear heat and resolve phlegm, while its cooling nature helps to alleviate symptoms of heat.

Meridian Affinity: This herb primarily targets the Lung and Stomach meridians.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Clearing Heat: Pi Pa Ye is prized for its ability to clear heat from the body, making it beneficial for conditions such as fever, sore throat, and inflammatory conditions.
  2. Moistening the Lungs: It has a special affinity for moistening the Lungs and alleviating symptoms of dryness, such as dry cough, dry throat, and hoarseness.
  3. Relieving Cough: Pi Pa Ye also helps to relieve cough and expel phlegm from the respiratory tract, making it beneficial for conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Common Applications:

  • Dry cough: Pi Pa Ye is frequently used to treat dry cough and lung conditions associated with Lung dryness, such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, and tuberculosis.
  • Phlegm-heat cough: Its ability to clear heat and resolve phlegm makes it beneficial for treating cough with yellow or green phlegm, sore throat, and fever.
  • Sore throat: Pi Pa Ye's cooling properties make it useful for soothing sore throat and reducing inflammation, particularly when caused by heat.

Preparation and Dosage: Pi Pa Ye can be prepared in various forms, including decoctions, teas, syrups, and extracts. The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Tangerine Peel (Chen Pi)

Nature and Flavor: Chen Pi is classified as bitter and acrid in taste and warm in nature. Its bitter and acrid flavors help to regulate Qi (vital energy) and resolve stagnant Qi, while its warmth helps to dispel cold and dampness.

Meridian Affinity: This herb primarily targets the Spleen and Lung meridians.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Regulating Qi: Chen Pi is prized for its ability to regulate Qi and relieve symptoms of Qi stagnation, making it beneficial for conditions such as indigestion, bloating, and emotional disturbances.
  2. Drying Dampness: It has a special affinity for drying dampness and resolving phlegm, making it beneficial for conditions such as dampness in the digestive system, cough with phlegm, and chest congestion.
  3. Harmonizing the Middle Jiao: Chen Pi also helps to harmonize the Middle Jiao (digestive system) and improve digestion, promoting the flow of Qi and alleviating symptoms such as poor appetite, nausea, and abdominal distention.

Common Applications:

  • Indigestion: Chen Pi is frequently used to treat indigestion and bloating caused by Qi stagnation, promoting the flow of Qi and relieving symptoms such as abdominal discomfort and belching.
  • Phlegm-dampness: Its ability to dry dampness and resolve phlegm makes it beneficial for treating conditions such as cough with phlegm, chest congestion, and sinus congestion.
  • Poor appetite: Chen Pi's ability to harmonize the Middle Jiao and improve digestion makes it useful for promoting appetite and relieving symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and abdominal distention.

Preparation and Dosage: Chen Pi can be prepared in various forms, including decoctions, teas, tinctures, and extracts. The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Farfarae Flos, Coltsfoot Flower (Kuan Dong Hua)

Nature and Flavor: Kuan Dong Hua is classified as bitter and slightly cold in taste and nature. Its bitter flavor helps to clear heat and resolve phlegm, while its cooling nature helps to alleviate symptoms of heat.

Meridian Affinity: This herb primarily targets the Lung and Liver meridians.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Clearing Heat: Kuan Dong Hua is prized for its ability to clear heat from the body, making it beneficial for conditions such as fever, sore throat, and inflammatory conditions.
  2. Moistening the Lungs: It has a special affinity for moistening the Lungs and alleviating symptoms of dryness, such as dry cough, dry throat, and hoarseness.
  3. Relieving Cough: Kuan Dong Hua also helps to relieve cough and expel phlegm from the respiratory tract, making it beneficial for conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Common Applications:

  • Dry cough: Kuan Dong Hua is frequently used to treat dry cough and lung conditions associated with Lung dryness, such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, and tuberculosis.
  • Phlegm-heat cough: Its ability to clear heat and resolve phlegm makes it beneficial for treating cough with yellow or green phlegm, sore throat, and fever.
  • Sore throat: Kuan Dong Hua's cooling properties make it useful for soothing sore throat and reducing inflammation, particularly when caused by heat.

Preparation and Dosage: Kuan Dong Hua can be prepared in various forms, including decoctions, teas, syrups, and extracts. The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Japanese Stemona Root (Bai Bu)

Nature and Flavor: Bai Bu is classified as bitter and slightly warm in taste and nature. Its bitter flavor helps to clear heat and resolve phlegm, while its warmth helps to promote the flow of Qi (vital energy) and alleviate symptoms of cold.

Meridian Affinity: This herb primarily targets the Lung and Large Intestine meridians.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Clearing Heat: Bai Bu is prized for its ability to clear heat from the body, making it beneficial for conditions such as fever, sore throat, and inflammatory conditions.
  2. Resolving Phlegm: It has a special affinity for resolving phlegm and relieving cough, particularly when caused by Lung heat or phlegm-heat obstructing the Lungs.
  3. Relieving Cough: Bai Bu also helps to relieve cough and expel phlegm from the respiratory tract, making it beneficial for conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Common Applications:

  • Dry cough: Bai Bu is frequently used to treat dry cough and lung conditions associated with Lung dryness, such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, and tuberculosis.
  • Phlegm-heat cough: Its ability to clear heat and resolve phlegm makes it beneficial for treating cough with yellow or green phlegm, sore throat, and fever.
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): Bai Bu's ability to moisten the Lungs and relieve cough makes it useful for managing symptoms of COPD, such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.

Preparation and Dosage: Bai Bu can be prepared in various forms, including decoctions, teas, syrups, and extracts. The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Bulbus Fritillariae Cirrhosae, Fritillaria Bulb (Chuan Bei Mu)

Nature and Flavor: Chuan Bei Mu is classified as bitter and slightly cold in taste and nature. Its bitter flavor helps to clear heat and resolve phlegm, while its cooling nature helps to alleviate symptoms of heat.

Meridian Affinity: This herb primarily targets the Lung and Heart meridians.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Clearing Heat: Chuan Bei Mu is prized for its ability to clear heat from the body, making it beneficial for conditions such as fever, sore throat, and inflammatory conditions.
  2. Moistening the Lungs: It has a special affinity for moistening the Lungs and alleviating symptoms of dryness, such as dry cough, dry throat, and hoarseness.
  3. Resolving Phlegm: Chuan Bei Mu also helps to resolve phlegm and relieve cough, particularly when caused by Lung heat or phlegm-heat obstructing the Lungs.

Common Applications:

  • Dry cough: Chuan Bei Mu is frequently used to treat dry cough and lung conditions associated with Lung dryness, such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, and tuberculosis.
  • Phlegm-heat cough: Its ability to clear heat and resolve phlegm makes it beneficial for treating cough with yellow or green phlegm, sore throat, and fever.
  • Sore throat: Chuan Bei Mu's cooling properties make it useful for soothing sore throat and reducing inflammation, particularly when caused by heat.

Preparation and Dosage: Chuan Bei Mu can be prepared in various forms, including decoctions, teas, syrups, and extracts. The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Pure Honey

Nature and Flavor: Pure honey is classified as sweet in taste and neutral in nature. Its sweet flavor makes it appealing for culinary use, while its neutral nature makes it suitable for a wide range of constitutions.

Meridian Affinity: Honey has a harmonizing effect on all meridians, making it a versatile substance that can be used to support overall health and balance in the body.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Moistening and Nourishing: Honey is renowned for its ability to moisten and nourish the body, particularly the lungs and stomach. It helps alleviate dryness and promotes the production of bodily fluids, making it beneficial for conditions such as dry cough, dry throat, and constipation.
  2. Tonifying the Spleen and Stomach: It has a tonifying effect on the Spleen and Stomach organs, helping to strengthen digestion and improve appetite. This makes honey useful for addressing symptoms of poor digestion, such as bloating, indigestion, and fatigue.
  3. Soothing and Calming: Honey has a soothing and calming effect on the body and mind, making it beneficial for promoting relaxation and reducing stress and anxiety. It can also help improve sleep quality and promote overall well-being.
  4. Promotes Wound Healing and Acts as Preservative: Accelerates wound healing, prevents infection, and serves as a natural preservative with antibacterial properties.

Common Applications:

  • Respiratory conditions: Honey is often used to soothe and alleviate symptoms of respiratory conditions such as coughs, sore throats, and congestion. It can be taken alone or combined with other herbs to enhance its therapeutic effects.
  • Digestive disorders: Its tonifying properties make honey beneficial for improving digestion and alleviating symptoms of poor appetite, indigestion, and bloating.
  • General health and wellness: Honey is commonly used as a natural sweetener and food supplement to support overall health and vitality.

Preparation and Dosage: Pure honey can be consumed on its own or added to herbal teas, decoctions, or other medicinal preparations. The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the individual's constitution. It's essential to use high-quality, unpasteurized honey to ensure maximum therapeutic benefits.

Combining Herbal Formulas Togethers

Combining herbal formulas can effectively address multiple health concerns or enhance overall well-being.

  • Consider Patterns: Identify underlying imbalances or health concerns before combining formulas to ensure compatibility.
  • Address Multiple Symptoms: Choose formulas targeting different health aspects to address multiple symptoms simultaneously.
  • Timing Matters: Consider organ functions according to the Silkie 24 Hour Wellness Wheel. For instance, take Liver and Gallbladder formulas post-dinner or around 7 pm, while Lung and Large Intestinal formulas are best taken upon waking or at 7 am.
  • Synergistic Actions: Look for herbs with complementary actions to enhance overall effectiveness, such as pairing anti-inflammatory with immune-boosting herbs.
  • Ensure Compatibility: Check compatibility and safety of combined herbs, avoiding conflicting actions or interactions. Consult trusted herbalists for guidance.
  • Customize Dosages: Adjust individual herb dosages based on personal needs and tolerance levels for optimal therapeutic effects.
  • Monitor Effects: Pay attention to body responses and modify combinations as needed. Seek guidance from trusted herbalists for personalized consultation.

Herbal Formula Combinations for Cough Relief (C) Related Conditions:

  • Chinese Herbs for Itchy Throat Cough Due to Wind Cold: For symptoms like itchy throat, fever, clear to watery phlegm, and cough with aversion to cold, combine Flu cold 1 pill and Flu heat 9 pills to dispel wind and cold. Avoid exposure to windy, rainy, and cold environments after use.
  • Chinese Herbs for Dry Cough Due to Wind Heat: If experiencing post nasal drip, stuffy nose, some yellow phlegm, and dry cough, take Flu heat 5 to 10 pills once or twice daily to dispel wind and heat.
  • Chinese Herbs for Dry and Irritated Cough Due to Initial Common Cold: For sore throat, irritated throat, cough with barking or whooping sound, white phlegm, and mild fever or chills, take Cough(H) 5 to 10 pills once or twice daily to dispel common cold.
  • Chinese Herbs for Dry Cough Due to Allergy: To address dry cough accompanied by symptoms like sneezing, swollen, itchy, red or watery eyes, and yellowish or green phlegm, take Allergy 5 to 10 pills once or twice daily to dispel toxins.
  • Chinese Herbs for Chronic Cough Due to Dampness: For lingering dry cough or cough with very little phlegm, take Cough(C) 5 to 10 pills once or twice daily to dispel dampness.
  • Chinese Herbs for Dry and Irritated Cough Due to Damp Heat: If dealing with lingering dry cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, chest tightness, and irritability, alternate between Cough(H) 5 to 10 pills with Stomach (H) 5 to 10 pills once or twice daily to dispel dampness.
  • Chinese Herbs for Dry and Wet Cough with Liver Qi Stagnation: If experiencing heavy coughing, sticky or thick phlegm, and worsening of symptoms in the morning or after meals, take  Cough(C) 5 to 10 pills, Sinus 1 pill with Lymph 5 to 10 pills once or twice daily to dispel dampness.
  • Chinese Herbs for Chronic Cough with Emotional Factors: If experiencing lingering dry cough or cough with very little phlegm along with grief, worry, or anger, take Cough(C) 5 to 10 pills, Sinus 1 to 2 pills with Energy Endurance 1 to 3 pills once or twice daily to relieve emotional disturbances.
  • Chinese Herbs for Nighttime Cough with Nasal Congestion Due to Spleen Qi Deficiency: For nighttime cough and nasal congestion worsened after laying down, take a combination of Cough(C) 8 to 15 pills, Sinus 1 to 2 pills, Allergy 3 to 5 if itchy eyes or nose present, or Flu heat 1 to 3 if post nasal drip present to harmonize the internal organs. 
  • Chinese Herbs for Pink Phlegm Cough Due to Internal Imbalances: If experiencing chronic cough with pink or blood phlegm, take a combination of Cough(C) 8 to 10 pills, Sinus 1 pill, Tuberculosis 8 to 10 pills, with Lymph 1 to 3 pills if a lump is present to harmonize the internal organs.

The Highest Quality Chinese Herbs for Cough Relief (C) Formula


Silkie's Cough Relief (C) formula is made with the highest quality herbs that are carefully selected and harvested at their peak potency. While this means they are substantially more expensive, it is why our clients see substantially more noticeable results. The use of natural honey as a binder for the pills is a tradition that Silkie Herbs has proudly maintained, ensuring the safety and effectiveness of their supplements. The avoidance of fillers and artificial ingredients further reinforces our commitment to the natural and traditional methods of herbal preparation.

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Five generations of Silkie Herbs' expertise have resulted in a highly effective herbal formula that you can trust for your health. By utilizing Chinese herbal plant-based remedies for Chronic Cough, dietary adjustments, and lifestyle modifications, individuals can effectively manage respiratory health symptoms and improve overall well-being.