Chinese Medicine for Cough Relief

Having a cough can really change your day, or night! And sometimes the standard remedies don’t help. We see many people in our clinic with shortness of breath, sore muscles, and tiredness from being woken by a coughing fit during the night. The most common causes of cough are smoking, asthma, acid reflux, post-nasal drip, and a common cold or flu that just won’t go away. In my clinical experience, many people present to the clinic with a cough after a recent personal loss too. Thankfully, we can often help cough, no matter what the cause.

Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture can help. Regardless of whether the cough is ongoing or recent. Dry or productive (phlegmy).  Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture addresses the underlying cause (or “root”) of the condition. Coughing is often considered a symptom (or “branch”) of a deeper condition in the body. The root and the branch conditions are what your Acupuncturist is assessing when they take your pulse and look at your tongue.

Your Chinese medicine appointment for cough

The use of acupuncture alone to moderate asthma in adult patients is supported by the recent findings of the Acupuncture Evidence Project. And the treatment of cough has a long history in Chinese Medicine.

Acupuncture can help you with your cough by:
– Relieving the cough
– Opening your airways more
– Loosening phlegm
– Relieving muscle pains that can follow a bout of coughing.

Your practitioner may also choose to use cupping therapy to relieve your cough by increasing blood circulation and encouraging phlegm to leave the lung. They may also prescribe Chinese herbal medicine, give you dietary advice, or provide you with herbal teas to treat the underlying cause of the cough.

It is important to really understand the reason that you are coughing. Without understanding the ‘why‘ it is difficult to treat the ‘what‘, and this is where you can really benefit from a practitioner assessing you.

We have 5 excellent Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture practitioners here at Freedom Chinese Medicine in Ivanhoe, Melbourne. Mention this article to receive $20 off your first session. To book, click here or call us on 03 9486 5966.

Written by Dr. Heather Dowall

Dr Heather Dowall


Dr  Heather Dowall is a warm, intuitive and enthusiastic practitioner. Heather graduated from Endeavour College of Natural Health with a Health Science degree majoring in Acupuncture.

Heather is passionate about fertility and pregnancy support, pain relief, cancer support, and providing relief for anyone experiencing anxiety, depression, emotional trauma or PTSD.

Mention this article to receive $20 off your first session. To book, click here or call us on 03 9486 5966.



Acupuncture Evidence Project (McDonald J, and Janz S, 2017). The full document (81 pages) is available from the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA)

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