Chinese remedies are often based on foods and herbs. According to "Chinese Herbal Medicine Made Easy," many remedies promote harmony in the body by using ingredients that can offset unbalanced forces that cause illness. Several different Chinese remedies soothe symptoms of different types of coughs, giving you a variety of options from which to choose.
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If you have a dry cough with an itchy or sore throat, the book "Chinese Home Remedies" recommends nuts with honey to soothe your throat. Place 1 oz. of pine nuts and 1 oz. of shelled walnuts in a large baggie and pound them with a mallet to break them up into very small pieces. Pour the nuts into a bowl and mix in 1/2 oz. of white honey. Eat 1/4 oz. of the mixture once daily after a meal to coat your throat and quell your cough. Wash it down with 8 oz. of warm water.
If you have a prolonged cough related to bronchitis or another chronic condition, consuming a dish of tofu cooked with fresh ginger and sugar may help, particularly if you haven't felt much like eating. According to "Chinese Home Remedies," the tofu provides a good source of protein, while the ginger and sugar will soothe your throat and lungs. Cube 8 oz. of firm tofu and add it to a saucepan, along with 1/4 oz. of grated fresh ginger, 2 oz. of sugar and 2 cups of water. Simmer the mixture over medium heat for five minutes, then eat it all. Repeat the treatment before bedtime every night for one week.
A loud cough that produces a thin phlegm requires something with a bit of bite. "Chinese Home Remedies" offers a recipe for radish soup that should cut through the irritants in your lungs and allow you to rest. Place 6 oz. of chopped daikon radish, three chopped green onions and 1/2 oz. of grated fresh ginger in a saucepan. Add three cups of water to the mixture and simmer it for about five minutes. Sip the broth while it's still warm, finishing it in one serving. Repeat the treatment once daily.
According to "Chinese Home Remedies," a frequent cough that produces thick, yellow phlegm requires a sweet pear and lotus juice. Peel and core one large Asian pear, and cut the node out of an 8 oz. lotus root. Run them through a juicer, stir in 1 oz. of sugar and sip the juice throughout the day until it's gone. Repeat the treatment once daily.