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Chinese Herbal Formula for Bronchitis: Ding Chuan Wan a Medicine Cabinet Must Have




I recently went through a bout of bronchitis. I rarely ever even get colds. Yet, this illness was one for the books! The coughing, shortness of breath, and wheezing made me think I may need a hospital bed and the coughing was so bad at night that I was hardly getting any sleep.


Two mornings in a row I was the first patient of the day at my neighborhood urgent care to receive a albuterol nebulizer treatment, a long-acting steroid injection (Solumedrol) that would help for three days, prescriptions for a five day course of Zithromax and Prednisone, and a rescue inhaler. By about day two, these medications were helping with my symptoms. But, I was still feeling like crud and sounding like I needed to be in a TB unit.


This is when I turned to herbs (I will admit, a bit late for a Chinese herbalist but this illness really crept up on me). I can emphatically say, the biggest improvement I noticed in my symptoms was when I started taking Ding Chuan Wan. This ancient gem of a Chinese herbal formula is from Multitude of Marvelous Formulas for Sustaining Life written 1550! This formula is also called, Arrest Wheezing Decoction Worth a Thousand Gold Pieces. Speaking from experience, I totally agree! This stuff is the bomb!!!


The Plum Flower brand of Ding Chuan Wan that I had on hand is called Clear Mountain Air Teapills. Teapills are made from the tea/dilution of the herbs cooked down in water. Because they are made from the tea, they are less potent. So, when you take teapills, you have to take a lot of them, 8 pills 3 times a day. Luckily, they're small, about half the size of a pea and they are coated with a sweet licorice root flavor.


Ding Chuan Wan is indicated for wheezing due to excessive phlegm, yellow-thick sputum, asthma or cough, shortness of breath, chills and fever, and bronchitis. Mechanisms of action include: opening the Lung, descending Lung Qi, reducing phlegm, and reducing cough and wheezing and boy does it work.


Here's the ingredients and to a Chinese Medicine-nerd like me, they're really fun! Ginkgo nut Bai Guo) and apricot kernel (Xing Ren) to calm wheezing; Purple Aster Flower Root

(Zi Wan) and Perilla Fruit (Zi Su Zi) to stop cough and wheezing; Stemona Root (Bai Bu) and Mulberry Root Bark (Sang Bai Pi) to stop cough; Balloon Flower Root (Jie Geng) to open up and disseminate the Lung Qi, and transform phlegm; Scutellaria (Huang Qin) to clear heat and dry dampness, and eliminate toxins; Pinellia Rhizome (Zhi Ban Xia) to cause rebellious Qi to descend; and Licorice Root (Gan Cao) to nourish the lungs and make the formula taste sweet and delicious and to harmonize all the other herbs in the formula.


This is a must-have medicine cabinet Chinese herbal formula for when those mild cold symptoms drive deeper into the chest creating hacking and rattling cough and wheezing. If you've been diagnosed with bronchitis or have cough and wheezing, schedule a telemedicine with me, Karissa Smith L.Ac., RN at Innovate Acupuncture and lets get you on the road to feeling better with this ancient Chinese plant-based formula.

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