Cough Relief (H) - Dry cough with sore, dry, itchy, or irritated throat...  咳嗽喉癢
Cough Relief (H) - Dry cough with sore, dry, itchy, or irritated throat...  咳嗽喉癢
Cough Relief (H) - Dry cough with sore, dry, itchy, or irritated throat...  咳嗽喉癢
IRCough - cough and sore, dry, itchy, or irritated throat...  咳嗽喉癢 - Silkie
Cough Relief (H) - Dry cough with sore, dry, itchy, or irritated throat...  咳嗽喉癢

Cough Relief (H) - Dry cough with sore, dry, itchy, or irritated throat... 咳嗽喉癢

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An empirical herbal blend to support the clearing of cold mucus from the lungs to stop coughing.*

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 (H) Formula

Studies published in journals such as the National Library of Medicine have highlighted the anti-inflammatory properties of Japanese Stemona Root (Bai Bu). These studies have demonstrated its evidently anti-inflammatory activity besides its traditional antitussive and insecticide activities, showing its significant effects in reducing thick phlegm, and relieving coughing. Similarly, research in Preventive Nutrition and Food Science has demonstrated that Platycodon Root (Jie Geng) has significant potent antioxidant 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 cold mucus from the lungs.*
  • Supports and warms the lungs.*
  • Relieves cough, phlegm, and fever.*
*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 once or twice 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:

  • Initial common cold symptoms: sore throat, itchy throat
  • Cough, white phlegm, mild fever & chills
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Acute or chronic bronchitis
  • Pneumonia, pertussis

Avoid eating late. The best time to eat is 7am, 12pm and 5pm. Go to bed by 10:30 and sleep from 11 pm to 7 am.

DO NOT drink cold or iced beverages. Avoid chips and sweets. It is best to avoid eating uncooked and cold foods like salad, sushi, smoothies, and ice cream; greasy or deep fried foods like fries and cheese; and pungent or heavily seasoned foods like kimchi, curries, and barbeque. No shrimp and shellfish. Avoid chocolate. No smoking, alcohol, and coffee.

Serving Size 10 pills
Serving Per Container 30
Amount Per Serving 3000mg
Herbal Blend:
Platycodon Root
Fineleaf Schizonepeta All Grass
Tatarian Aster Root
Japanese Stemona Root
Cynanchum Root
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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Platycodon root

Platycodon Root (Jie Geng) aids in directing lung Qi downwards, facilitating the expulsion of phlegm, and easing coughing. This herb is particularly helpful for alleviating coughs characterized by sticky phlegm, chest congestion, and sore throat.

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Fineleaf schizonepeta all grass

Fineleaf Schizonepeta All Grass (Jing Jie) is known for its ability to dispel wind and alleviate itching, addressing external conditions. It is commonly used to address respiratory symptoms associated with wind-cold invasions, such as headache and nasal congestion.

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Japanese stemona root

Japanese Stemona Root (Bai Bu) helps in moistening the lungs, resolving thick phlegm, and relieving coughing. It is suitable for coughs characterized by thick, sticky phlegm, wheezing, and asthma symptoms.

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Cynanchum root

Cynanchum Root (Bai Qian) works to expel wind-dampness, open lung Qi, and resolve phlegm. Particularly beneficial for coughs with excessive phlegm, chest tightness, and asthma triggered by dampness.

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 Dry and Irritated Throat Cough: A Comprehensive Guide


An irritated throat cough refers to a cough that is primarily triggered by irritation or inflammation of the throat. This type of cough is often dry and does not produce phlegm or mucus and may be accompanied by a scratchy or sore throat sensation. A persistent or severe dry coughing can be a sign of an underlying health issue.

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.
  • 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 Dry and Irritated Throat Cough


From a Western medicine perspective, a dry and irritated throat cough can have various causes, symptoms, diagnostic approaches, and treatment options:

Causes


  • Environmental Factors: Dry air, low humidity levels, or exposure to air pollutants and irritants can lead to throat dryness and irritation, triggering coughing.
  • Respiratory Infections: Viral infections such as the common cold or flu can cause inflammation in the throat, leading to a dry and irritated cough.
  • Allergies: Allergic reactions to pollen, dust, pet dander, or other allergens can result in throat irritation and coughing.
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): Acid reflux can cause stomach acid to flow back into the esophagus, irritating the throat and causing coughing.
  • Postnasal Drip: Excess mucus production due to allergies, sinusitis, or nasal congestion can drip down the throat, causing irritation and coughing.
  • Medications: Certain medications, particularly ACE inhibitors used for blood pressure management, may cause a dry cough as a side effect.

Symptoms


  • Persistent dry cough, often with a tickling or scratchy sensation in the throat.
  • Throat irritation or soreness.
  • Absence of phlegm or mucus production.
  • Hoarseness or changes in voice.
  • Postnasal drip (if associated with allergies or sinus issues).
  • Symptoms of an underlying condition, such as fever (in case of infections) or heartburn (in case of GERD).

Diagnosis


  • Medical History and Physical Examination: The healthcare provider will review the patient's medical history and conduct a physical examination to assess symptoms and identify potential underlying causes.
  • Additional Tests: Depending on the suspected cause, further diagnostic tests may be ordered, such as blood tests, imaging studies (e.g., chest X-ray), allergy tests, or pH monitoring (for GERD).

Treatment


Addressing Underlying Causes: Treatment aims to address the underlying cause of the dry and irritated throat cough. This may include:

  • Treating respiratory infections with antiviral or antibiotic medications (if bacterial).
  • Managing allergies with antihistamines, nasal corticosteroids, or allergy shots.
  • Controlling acid reflux through lifestyle modifications (e.g., dietary changes, elevating the head during sleep) and medications (e.g., proton pump inhibitors).

Symptomatic Relief: To alleviate symptoms and soothe throat irritation, patients may use:

  • Throat lozenges or cough drops to moisturize the throat and suppress coughing.
  • Humidifiers to increase indoor humidity and prevent throat dryness.
  • Drinking plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and lubricate the throat.
  • Over-the-counter cough suppressants or antitussive medications, if recommended by a healthcare provider.

Avoiding Irritants: Patients should avoid exposure to known irritants or triggers, such as tobacco smoke, air pollutants, or strong odors.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Perspective on Dry and Irritated Throat Cough


In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a dry and irritated throat cough is often viewed as a disharmony in the body's internal environment, typically involving imbalances in the lungs, spleen, or other related organs. Here's how TCM perceives and addresses a dry and irritated throat cough:

TCM Causes


  • Lung Dryness: In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the lungs are responsible for governing the respiratory system and maintaining moisture balance in the body. When there is insufficient moisture in the lungs, either due to external factors like dry weather or internal imbalances, it can lead to dryness and irritation. This dryness irritates the throat, leading to a persistent dry cough. Factors such as smoking, chronic respiratory conditions, or exposure to dry air can contribute to lung dryness.
  • Spleen Qi Deficiency: According to TCM, the spleen plays a vital role in transforming and transporting fluids in the body. When the spleen's Qi (vital energy) is weak or deficient, it may fail to properly manage fluids, leading to the accumulation of dryness. This accumulated dryness can affect the throat, causing irritation and triggering coughing. Spleen Qi deficiency can be caused by factors such as poor diet, excessive worry or overthinking, and weak digestion.

Wind-Heat or Dryness Invasion: TCM recognizes external factors such as weather conditions or environmental elements that can influence the body's internal balance. Wind, heat, or dryness invasion refers to the penetration of these external factors into the body, disrupting the body's harmony and leading to symptoms like dryness and irritation in the throat. For example, exposure to dry, windy weather or hot, arid climates can exacerbate throat dryness and coughing.

TCM Causes


  • Yin Deficiency: Yin represents the nourishing, cooling aspect of the body in TCM theory. When there is a deficiency of Yin, the body's internal balance is disrupted, leading to symptoms of dryness and heat. Yin deficiency can be caused by factors such as chronic stress, overwork, or aging. In the context of a dry and irritated throat cough, Yin deficiency can manifest as dryness and heat in the respiratory tract, contributing to throat irritation and coughing.
  • Phlegm-Heat Obstructing the Lungs: In TCM, phlegm is considered a pathological product of dampness and turbidity in the body. When phlegm accumulates in the lungs and becomes heated, it can obstruct the flow of Qi (energy) and fluids, leading to symptoms like throat irritation and coughing. Phlegm-heat obstruction in the lungs can result from factors such as poor diet, exposure to damp environments, or chronic respiratory conditions.

TCM Symptoms


  • Dry Throat: Patients often complain of a persistent sensation of dryness or scratchiness in the throat.
  • Dry Cough: The cough is typically non-productive, meaning there is no phlegm or only minimal phlegm expelled.
  • Throat Irritation: The throat may feel sore, raw, or itchy, exacerbating the urge to cough.
  • Other Symptoms: Depending on the underlying pattern, patients may experience symptoms such as thirst, feverish sensation, fatigue, or other signs of Yin deficiency or internal heat.

TCM Diagnosis


  • Pulse Diagnosis: TCM practitioners assess the quality of the pulse at different positions on the wrist to discern patterns of imbalance in the body, such as deficiency or excess.
  • Tongue Diagnosis: Examination of the tongue's color, coating, and moisture level provides insights into the patient's internal condition.
  • Symptom Analysis: TCM practitioners consider the patient's symptoms, medical history, and environmental factors to determine the underlying pattern of disharmony.

TCM Treatment


  • Moistening the Lungs: Herbal formulas containing moistening and nourishing herbs such as Tatarian Aster Root (Zi Wan) is used to replenish lung moisture and alleviate dryness.
  • Clearing Heat: For cases involving heat or inflammation, herbs with cooling properties like Fineleaf Schizonepeta All Grass (Jing Jie) may be prescribed to reduce heat and soothe the throat.
  • Nourishing Yin: Herbs that nourish Yin, such as Honey, may be used to address underlying Yin deficiency and alleviate dryness.
  • Regulating Qi: In cases where coughing is exacerbated by Qi stagnation, herbs like Platycodon Root (Jie Geng) and Cynanchum Root (Bai Qian) may be included to promote the smooth flow of Qi and alleviate symptoms.

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 (H) Formula

In TCM, Platycodon Root (Jie Geng)

Nature and Flavor: Jie Geng is classified as bitter and acrid in taste and slightly cold in nature. Its bitter and acrid flavors help to disperse Lung Qi and resolve phlegm, while its cooling nature helps to alleviate symptoms of heat.

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

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Dispersing Lung Qi: Jie Geng is prized for its ability to disperse Lung Qi and open the chest, making it beneficial for conditions such as chest congestion, cough, and asthma.
  2. Resolving Phlegm: It has a special affinity for resolving phlegm and promoting the flow of Qi, making it beneficial for conditions such as cough with phlegm, chest congestion, and sinus congestion.
  3. Guiding Herbs to the Upper Body: Jie Geng also helps to guide other herbs to the upper body, enhancing their effectiveness in treating respiratory conditions.

Common Applications:

  • Cough: Jie Geng is frequently used to treat cough and lung conditions associated with phlegm accumulation, such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, and bronchiectasis.
  • Chest congestion: Its ability to disperse Lung Qi and resolve phlegm makes it beneficial for relieving chest congestion and promoting easier breathing.
  • Sore throat: Jie Geng's cooling properties make it useful for soothing sore throat and reducing inflammation, particularly when caused by heat or phlegm-heat.

Preparation and Dosage: Jie Geng 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, Fineleaf Schizonepeta All Grass (Jing Jie)

Nature and Flavor: Jing Jie is classified as acrid and slightly warm in taste and nature. Its acrid flavor helps to disperse wind and release the exterior, 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 Liver meridians.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Dispersing Wind: Jing Jie is prized for its ability to disperse wind and release the exterior, making it beneficial for conditions such as common cold, flu, and seasonal allergies.
  2. Releasing the Exterior: It has a special affinity for releasing the exterior and promoting sweating, helping the body to expel pathogens and relieve symptoms of fever, headache, and body aches.
  3. Relieving Itching: Jing Jie also helps to relieve itching and skin irritation, particularly when caused by wind-heat or wind-dampness.

Common Applications:

  • Common cold: Jing Jie is frequently used to treat the common cold and flu, particularly when accompanied by symptoms such as fever, chills, headache, and body aches.
  • Seasonal allergies: Its ability to disperse wind and release the exterior makes it beneficial for treating seasonal allergies, reducing symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion, and itchy eyes.
  • Skin conditions: Jing Jie's ability to relieve itching makes it useful for treating skin conditions such as eczema, hives, and insect bites.

Preparation and Dosage: Jing Jie 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, Tatarian Aster Root (Zi Wan)

Nature and Flavor: Zi Wan 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 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 clear heat and resolve phlegm makes it beneficial for treating cough with yellow or green phlegm, sore throat, and fever.
  • Sore throat: Zi Wan's cooling properties make it useful for soothing sore throat and reducing inflammation, particularly when caused by heat.

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, 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, Cynanchum Root (Bai Qian)

Nature and Flavor: Bai Qian is classified as bitter and slightly cold in taste and nature. Its bitter flavor helps to dispel wind 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. Dispelling Wind: Bai Qian is prized for its ability to dispel wind and alleviate symptoms associated with wind disorders, such as headache, dizziness, and tremors.
  2. Alleviating Pain: It has a special affinity for alleviating pain, particularly in the chest and abdomen, making it beneficial for conditions such as chest pain, abdominal pain, and menstrual pain.
  3. Resolving Phlegm: Bai Qian also helps to resolve phlegm and relieve cough, particularly when caused by wind-phlegm obstructing the Lungs.

Common Applications:

  • Wind disorders: Bai Qian is frequently used to treat conditions characterized by wind, such as headache, dizziness, and tremors.
  • Chest and abdominal pain: Its ability to alleviate pain makes it beneficial for treating conditions such as chest pain, rib pain, and abdominal pain.
  • Cough with phlegm: Bai Qian's ability to resolve phlegm makes it useful for treating cough with white or clear phlegm, chest congestion, and difficulty breathing.

Preparation and Dosage: Bai Qian can be prepared in various forms, including decoctions, teas, powders, 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 (H) 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 (H) Formula


Silkie's Cough Relief (H) 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.

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


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 dry and irritated throat cough, dietary adjustments, and lifestyle modifications, individuals can effectively manage respiratory health symptoms and improve overall well-being.