Main Symptom Cough

Acute weak cough

Wind-cold fettering the lung (feng han shu fei)

Acute violent cough

Wind-heat invading the lung (feng re fan fei)

Chronic cough with sputum

Phlegm-damp cough (tan shi ke sou)

Chronic dry cough

Lung yin vacuity with dryness (fei yin xu, fei zao)

According to TCM:

Counterflow lung qi; differential diagnosis based on frequency, severity, secretion and fever. Good results can be achieved with nutritional therapy, acupuncture, and herbs. Requires extended therapy over several weeks.

■ Acute Weak Cough

Wind-Cold Fettering the Lung (Feng Han Shu Fei)

Symptoms

Weak, quiet cough with thin white secretion, sore throat, fever without sweating, aversion to cold.

Therapy

Cold and cool foods.

■ Acute Severe Cough

Wind-Heat Invading the Lung (Feng Re Fan Fei)

Symptoms

Frequent strong cough with yellow or greenish thin or viscous secretion, sore throat, fever, headaches.

Therapy

Recommended:

Warm and hot foods.

Recommended:

Fruit

Pears, pear juice, grapefruit, lemons

Vegetables

Radish, bamboo sprouts

Beverages

Radish juice, green tea

Radish juice, pear juice, radish juice with ginger

Recommended:

Radish juice, pear juice, radish juice with ginger

Recommended:

Beverages

Thyme tea with honey

Spices

Thyme, watercress, aniseed

Nuts and seeds

Roasted almonds with salt, walnuts with honey, almond butter

  • Aniseed tea
  • Aniseed tea
  • Chronic Cough with Sputum

Phlegm-Damp Cough (Tan Shi Ke Sou)

Symptoms

Cough with excessive white sputum, exhaustion, bloating in thorax and epigastric region, loss of appetite.

Tongue: White, sticky fur Pulse: Slippery

Causes

Chronic lung qi vacuity and spleen qi vacuity caused by external pathogenic factors and incorrect nutrition.

Therapy

■ Chronic Dry Cough

Lung Yin Vacuity with Dryness (Fei Yin Su, Fei Zao)

Symptoms

Persistent, dry, intense cough, little or no secretion, dry throat, thirst, fever in the afternoon, heat sensation in hands and feet. Tongue: Red, dry, possibly thin, yellow fur Pulse: Thin

Causes

Damage caused by external or internal heat, depletion of body fluids.

Therapy

Loosen phlegm

Supplement spleen qi and lung qi

  • SP-3 + Moxa • LU-9 + Moxa IP • BL-13 + Moxa • BL-20 + Moxa
  • ST-40 • PC-6

Raw, cold, and cool foods, dairy products, meat, acrid and fatty foods, excess sweets.

Recommended:

Acrid and hot foods.

Recommended:

Thermal nature

Neutral and warm

Organ network

Stomach, spleen, pancreas, lung

Flavor

Slightly sweet, bitter, acrid

Preparation methods

Raw, boiled

Fruit

Lemons, pears, apricots

Vegetables

Button or crimini/portobella mushrooms, fennel, radish, carrots, cauliflower, kohlrabi

Grains

Millet, rice, corn, oats

Spices

Ginger, aniseed, watercress, pepper

Nuts and seeds

Pine nuts, salted almonds, salted peanuts

Recommended:

Thermal nature

Neutral, cool, and cold

Organ network

Stomach, spleen/pancreas, lung

Flavor

Sweet

Preparation methods

Boiled, steamed, baked (au gratin)

Meat

Duck, pork

Fruit

Pears

Beverages

Pear juice, aniseed tea

Spices

Honey, aniseed, watercress

Dairy products

Butter, cream

Nuts and seeds

Almond butter, pine nuts, sesame, walnuts with honey, peanuts

Soy products

Tofu, soymilk

Other

Chicken eggs

,/V Peanut milk, peanut butter, and ^ySff almond butter mixed with honey, paste of ground pine nuts, almonds, and walnuts.

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