Traditional Chinese Medicine for Coughs, Colds, Flu, and Allergies

Traditional Chinese Clear-Toxin Tablets

Traditional Chinese Clear-Toxin Tablets are most effective when taken at the first sign of flu symptoms like sore throat, fever, and headache. Fortunately, this popular medicine also provides relief for full-blown flu.

Chinese name: Yin Qiao Jie Du Pian (yin chow jyeh doo pyen)

Also known as: Honeysuckle and Forsythia Clear-Toxin Tablets


Acute symptoms of wind heat -- sore throat, fever, headache


Expels wind heat, clears heat and toxins


Along with Gan Mao Ling, this is one of the most popular Chinese patent medicines. It is highly effective in clearing wind heat types of cold or flu, for which sore throat is the cardinal symptom. Other symptoms could be fever, intolerance for wind and cold temperatures, headache, thirst, and cough.

Although most effective when taken at the onset of symptoms, this formula can also be taken during full-blown flu symptoms. Yin Qiao Jie Du Pian can also be used for pneumonia, bronchitis, tonsillitis, measles, mumps, and inner ear infections.

Classical formulas often have their chief ingredients as part of their name. The word yin, meaning silver, comes from the Chinese name for honeysuckle (jin yin hua, or gold and silver flower). The word Qiao comes from the Chinese name for forsythia (lian qiao).

Honeysuckle and forsythia are often used together due to their synergistic antimicrobial effect. Clinical research shows that honeysuckle flowers and forsythia fruit inhibit the bacteria that cause pneumonia, strep throat, staphylococcal infections, salmonella, and tuberculosis. They have both been used traditionally for thousands of years to clear fire toxins, which include a hot, painful, swollen throat; boils; fevers; and urinary tract infections.

Another ingredient in Yin Qiao is Schizonepeta flowers (jing jie). The profuse purple flower spikes are highly aromatic, giving the herb a dispersing quality. When the body is first attacked by a pathogen, the most effective way to repel the invader is through the use of aromatic herbs that disperse their energy to the exterior of the body. The highly volatile essential oils open up the pores in the skin and act as a diaphoretic (induces sweating). If the pathogen has not penetrated to the interior of the body, this dispersing effect drives the pathogen out.

Although it is warm by nature, Schizonepeta is effective in heat conditions when it is combined with cold herbs, as it is in this formula.

Manufacturer: Tianjin; Plum Flower. Some brands of Yin Qiao contain caffeine and over-the-counter drugs. Read the label, and make sure the patent does not contain caffeine, paracetamolum, or chlorpheniraminum.

Dosage: 4 tablets, three times a day. This remedy is for acute ailments only; do not take it for more than a few days.

Continue to the next section to learn about another traditional Chinese remedy that is popular during flu season.

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