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Zhi Sou San (Stop Coughing Powder)

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  • Formulas that Dry Dampness and Expel Phlegm


  • Wind attacking the Lungs


  • Releases the exterior, disseminates Lung Qi, resolves Phlegm, and stops cough Dispels external Wind Cold.


  • Cough, itchy or sore throat, possible slight fever and chills, aversion to wind

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Normal body with white coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Floating pulse

Western Uses:

  • Cough
  • Whopping Cough
  • Flu
  • Chronic Tracheitis

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • As this formula is drying, it should be avoided in patients with Yin deficient cough, Lung Heat, and Lung Phlegm Heat cough

Preparation Notes:

  • Powder. Grind all herbs into an even powder.
  • Take 9 grams after meals and before bed with warm water.
  • Appropriately reduce dosages to prepare a decoction.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Medical Revelations (Yi Xue Xin Wu)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Lungs, Stomach, Liver, Spleen, Heart

Substances in this Formula (7 Total):

Jie Geng (Platycodi Radix)
Jie Geng (Root of the Balloon Flower) 桔梗
Qty: 960 grams
Chan: LU (ST)
Prop: Bitter, Spicy, Neutral
Latin: Platycodi Radix
Cat: Warm Herbs that Transform Phlegm-Cold
Jing Jie (Herba Seu Flos Schizonepetae Tenuifoliae)
Jing Jie (Schizonepeta Bud or Stem) 荆芥
Qty: 960 grams
Chan: LU, LIV
Prop: Spicy, Aromatic, Slightly Warm
Latin: Herba Seu Flos Schizonepetae Tenuifoliae
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Zi Wan (Radix Asteris Tatarici)
Zi Wan (Purple Aster Root) 紫菀
Qty: 960 grams
Chan: LU
Prop: Bitter, Slightly Warm, Sweet
Latin: Radix Asteris Tatarici
Cat: Herbs that Relieve Coughing and Wheezing
Bai Bu (Radix Stemonae)
Bai Bu (Stemona Root) 百部
Qty: 960 grams
Chan: LU
Prop: Sweet, Bitter, Slightly Warm (or Neutral)
Latin: Radix Stemonae
Cat: Herbs that Relieve Coughing and Wheezing
Bai Qian (Radix Et Rhizoma Cynanchi Baiqian)
Bai Qian (Root and Rhizome of Cynanchum) 白前
Qty: 960 grams
Chan: LU
Prop: Spicy, Sweet, Neutral (or Slightly Warm)
Latin: Radix Et Rhizoma Cynanchi Baiqian
Cat: Warm Herbs that Transform Phlegm-Cold
Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Gan Cao (Licorice Root) 甘草
Qty: 360 grams
Chan: All 12 (Primarily the LU, HT, SP, ST)
Prop: Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Radix Glycyrrhizae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Chen Pi (Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae)
Chen Pi (Orange Peel, Citrus Peel, Tangerine Peel) 陈皮
Qty: 480 grams
Chan: LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Bitter, Warm, Aromatic
Latin: Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae
Cat: Herbs that Regulate the Qi
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