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San Shedan Chuanbei Ye for coughing


"San Shedan Chuanbei Ye" is totally a pronunciation of a very sweet, over the counter dietary supplement. Although it actually taste pretty good, probably not many western people dare to take it. It's made of the "guts" of three different kinds of snake, mixed with herbs , mostly Chuanbei, and then made a filtered concoction. It's good for coughing especially for dry cough or cough with mucus. A lot of times when you tried everything and the doctor says your x-ray report is fine and the cough still doesn't stop, this dietary supplement may worth a try.  It's an award winning product in Guang Zhou. However, there are different brands. Certain people try different brands and mostly they work. In fact, there's only one brand so far I see that is sold in America, that is the one brand that won the award.

These "liquids" are contained in a small sealed bottle and you're supposed to suck it up with a straw. The taste is more sweet than bitter and a lot like honey. If you keep coughing and none of your doctors could help, you may just try this famous medicine in China.

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Orange Vs. Cough


To stop coughing is always a hassle. I recently heard a special natural healing recipe that uses orange. It doesn't matter how much vitamin C in an orange. Citrus in orange always triggers more coughs. So in traditional Chinese medical point of view, orange is always bad for coughing.  However, this easy recipe for healing cough is going the opposite - JUST use an orange, but BAKED in an oven first. Here are the steps:

The only ingredient is just a fresh orange. Peel off the skin of the top of the orange for about a size of a quarter coin. The purpose is to force the heat directly into the orange. Place the orange into the oven and bake for  10 minutes in high heat. There will be a nice, "moist" smell from the oven. After the top of the orange is shows a little burn, it's time to pull it out. It's very hot so be careful when you handle this round little thing. A baked or roasted orange is very easy to peel the skin off, and it's sweeter than a fresh orange. Season with a little salt then it's going to be even sweeter but also more effective to stop coughing. Especially if you just start coughing, usually just one baked orange will work. It doesn't matter if it's Sunkist or expensive Japanese orange, sea salt or kitchen salt, as long as they're orange and salt then this formula should work.

A baked orange is very easy and inexpensive to prepare. The nice taste should keep the kids happy as well. At least there's no side effects. It's non-drowsy and it won't ruin your appetite.


Hand Acupressure for cough and sneezing, part 2

So in the last post we talked about the stimulation of an acupoint on the wrist can help relieve sneezes and cough caused by cold, flu and allergies. Now we'll continue with a reflexive area that's very popular  for healing many oral and bronchus illnesses.

Reflexology on hand or foot usually works the best when doing it for a long period of time. If cough and sneezes become annoying chronic symptoms, we definitely need to heal the disease first. Other than that, objects stuck in the throat or coughing non-stop are also quite common. Especially senior people always swallow their saliva inappropriately and stuck those spit in the throat, causing annoying cough. If that happens, slightly slap on the person's back and see if it helps. If not, massage hard on the "oral and bronchus" reflexive area between thumb and index finger. (See diagram) Massage hard a few more times and rub the back at the same time.



Hand Acupressure for cough and sneezing, part 1

The symptoms of cold and flu are mostly fever, cough and sneezing. To cure flu or cold, enough rest and nutrition awareness are most needed. However, in order to stop those annoying coughs and sneezes, we can stimulate the relevant acupressure point called "Tai Yuan" on your wrists.

Most acupoints or acupressure points for healing cough and sneezes are mostly on the face and neck. Someday other than foot acupressure and hand acupressure, I'll talk about acupressure points over the other parts as well.  In the mean time for hand acupressure, we just need to know "Tai Yuan" is also an effective acupoint for relief of cough and sneezes. To find "Tai Yuan", bend your wrist and you see the inner wrinkle of the wrist. Touch it and you can feel the pulse. Use a lighted cigarette as heated source  to approach that point for 3-7 times without burning your skin. Or use a pointy device to stimulate 7-10 times. If there are no device at all, massage that point until the area around that point feels the heat.  When doing stimulation of "Tai Yuan", make sure you bend your wrist outward to make it easier to find and approach the acupoint. See the diagrams below:


We'll continue to talk about the reflexive area to relieve cough, sneezes and nose bleeding tomorrow in part 2.