Coughing and wheezing with copious sputum

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Coughing and wheezing with copious sputum can be the consequence of several so-called “patterns of disharmony” in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted, leading to symptoms or signs that something is wrong (like coughing and wheezing with copious sputum here). It is similar to the concept of disease in Western Medicine but not quite: a Western disease can often be explained by several Chinese patterns and vice-versa.

A pattern often manifests itself in a combination of symptoms that, at first glance, do not seem necessarily related to each others. For instance here coughing and wheezing with copious sputum is often associated with focal distention of the chest, poor appetite and digestive difficulties in the pattern “Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of coughing and wheezing with copious sputum we’ve identified that a herbal formula called San Zi Yang Qin Tang can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause coughing and wheezing with copious sputum

In Chinese Medicine coughing and wheezing with copious sputum is a symptom for the pattern "Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

The Lungs is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Lungs in Chinese Medicine

Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation

Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua)

Tongue coating: Thick white coating

In addition to coughing and wheezing with copious sputum, other symptoms associated with Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation include focal distention of the chest, poor appetite and digestive difficulties.

Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation is often treated with San Zi Yang Qin Tang, a herbal formula made of 3 herbs (including White Mustard Seeds - Bai Jie Zi - as a key herb). San Zi Yang Qin Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that warm and transform phlegm-cold", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Directs the Qi downward".

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A herbal formula that might help with coughing and wheezing with copious sputum

San Zi Yang Qin Tang

Source date: 1856 AD

Number of ingredients: 3 herbs

Key actions: Directs the Qi downward. Transforms Phlegm. Reduces harbored food.

Why might San Zi Yang Qin Tang help with coughing and wheezing with copious sputum?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation' of which coughing and wheezing with copious sputum is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Phlegm Clogging The Lungs With Qi Stagnation include focal distention of the chest, poor appetite and digestive difficulties.

Read more about San Zi Yang Qin Tang here

The three Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat coughing and wheezing with copious sputum

Why might Perilla Seed (Zi Su Zi) help with coughing and wheezing with copious sputum?

Because it is a key herb in San Zi Yang Qin Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation' (a pattern with coughing and wheezing with copious sputum as a symptom)

Perilla Seeds is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Lung.

Its main actions are: Stops coughing and wheezing, expels Phlegm and redirects Rebellious Lung Qi. Lubricates the Intestines.

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Why might White Mustard Seeds (Bai Jie Zi) help with coughing and wheezing with copious sputum?

Because it is a key herb in San Zi Yang Qin Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation' (a pattern with coughing and wheezing with copious sputum as a symptom)

White Mustard Seeds is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Stomach and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Warms the lungs. Eliminates Phlegm and regulated Qi. Dissipates nodules and unblocks the Meridians to relieve pain.

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Why might Radish Seed (Lai Fu Zi) help with coughing and wheezing with copious sputum?

Because it is a key herb in San Zi Yang Qin Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation' (a pattern with coughing and wheezing with copious sputum as a symptom)

Radish Seeds is a Neutral herb that tastes Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Warms the digestion and unblocks Food Stagnation. Reverses Rebellious Lung Qi and transforms Phlegm

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Other symptoms often associated with coughing and wheezing with copious sputum

Focal distention of the chest Poor appetite Digestive difficulties