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

Traditional Chinese Two Old-Medicine Pills

The herbs in Chinese Two Old-Medicine Pills become more effective with age. Together, they work wonders on a cough with excessive phlegm.

Chinese name: Er Chen Wan (uhr chen wahn)


Also known as: Two Old-Medicine Pills


Excessive phlegm in the lungs and stomach with nausea, cough with abundant clear mucus


Regulates qi, reduces phlegm and dampness, harmonizes the stomach


The two "old medicines" referred to in the name are aged citrus peel (chen pi) and Pinellia tuber (ban xia). The quality of these herbs is considered to improve with age. In fact, Pinellia is considered toxic until it is aged and treated with ginger.

Citrus peel, the other chief ingredient, is a delightful medicinal with a sweet fragrance that is especially pronounced in the high-quality aged tangerine peels. Before you throw away the peel on a citrus fruit, you should know that citrus peel acts as an expectorant; increases secretion of gastric juices, which aids digestion; and has antibacterial effects.

This patent formula is indicated for a damp phlegm cough, which is associated with expectoration of copious amounts of clear or light-colored phlegm. In addition to their drying, expectorant activity, the two chief herbs in the formula alleviate the vomiting and nausea that sometimes accompany this condition.

If the cough is due to the common cold, take this patent along with a formula such as Gan Mao Ling that helps eliminate the pathogen that caused the cold.

Manufacturer: Lanzhou Foci

Dosage: 8 pills, three times a day

There are many Chinese herbal medicines for cough, sore throat, and other cold symptoms. Continue reading to learn about one of the most popular -- Gan Mao Ling.

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