As a child I suffered from many ear and sinus infections and had bronchitis with asthma twice a year (March and August). I took so many antibiotics I could prescribe myself! 😉 But the illness kept coming back. I never thought that it shouldn’t, I thought I had a propensity to being sick…but now I know the illness just never cleared. I told my doctor I felt like there was humidity in me. That is what it was: heat and phlegm. I now know the real issue wasn’t being addressed and antibiotics were only creating more heat, and driving the illness further in.
Educate yourself for you and your family.
Excessive Heat in the Lung:
Also called heat in the chest and diaphragm. Heat impairs the descending ability of Lung qi causing shortness of breath, asthma, shortness of breath, and coughing (with yellow sputum).
Cause: an external heat pathogen entering the body thru the nose or mouth. It normally started with a cold that did not get expelled properly or if the pathogen was strong it passed right thru. This is the Qi stage, the second stage, of illness with some of the most severe symptoms. The stronger your immune system is the more severe the symptoms will be as they fight the pathogen. Think of your immune system vs the pathogen being on an axis between a strong samurai fighter destroying an enemy versus a sleeper spy who sneaks into your body and goes undetected.
Be strong grasshopper! Attack and rid your body of the pathogen! Strengthen your body when well and rest when sick. Eat proper foods for your body and take the right herbs when needed.
See a Chinese Medicine Practitioner and get a healing treatment.
Some suggested Herbal Formulas:
-Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang (Ephedra, Apricot Kernel, Gypsum and Licorice Decoction)
Indication: Exterior wind-heat (or wind-cold transforming to heat) invading the Lungs
Function: Restore flow of Lung qi, clear heat, disperse wind-heat, calm wheezing
-Xuan Bai Cheng Qi Tang
This is for excess heat in the Lung and Large Intestine
Ge Gen Huang Qin Huang Lian Tang
This is for Lung heat transferring the the Large Intestine
-Yin Qiao San (minus dan dou chi and adding sheng di, dan pi, and da qing ye)
Treats eruptions due to Lung heat
-Xie Bai San (Drain the White Powder)
Originally designed for children. Very mild formula. Also recommend that patient eliminates dairy as well as other cold foods and drinks (which create phlegm) and sugary sweet foods (which create more heat).
Indication: Lung heat excess, cough due to Lung heat
Function: Clear Lung heat, stop cough and wheeze (asthma)
-Qing Qi Hua Tan Tang (Clearing Qi and Resolving Phlegm Decoction)
Indication: Interior phlegm-heat retention in the Lung
Function: Clears phlegm heat, regulates qi, relieves coughing.
-Wu Hu Tang (Five Tiger Decoction)
Indication: Lung heat with coughing and wheezing
Function: Clears Lung heat, disseminates Lung qi, stops coughing and wheezing