Monday, June 9, 2014

Luohan Guo Mixed Herb Drink for Cough 罗汉果蜜枣止咳汤

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My little ones had been coughing for few  weeks and recently passed the bugs to me, not long after recovered and finished their full round of medicine course, the cough just slowly creeps back again and it is real heartache to see them suffer.

So I decided to introduce traditional herbs this time. Right after they had completed the cough mixtures and flu medication prescribed by paediatrician, I started making traditional Chinese herbal soup after visiting our local Chinese medical hall. I boiled this soup and the Double-Boiled Pearl with Rock Sugar on alternate day for a week, and we are now all well and free from cough... No more noisy "orchestra" in the house!

So I thought its worth sharing with readers whom may have experienced long term recurrence cough. However, do note that since every body may react differently to the herbs, I would suggest you get advise from your local Chinese medicine hall if in doubt.



材料 Ingredients:

罗汉果 一粒,敲裂 LuoHan Guo fruit, 1 (lightly crack the shell)
柿饼 一个 Dried Persimmon, 1
南杏北杏 30颗 Sweet & Bitter Apricot kernels, about 30
蜜枣 5-6粒 Candied dates, 5-6
桑叶 一把 Mulberry leaves, 1 palmful
清水 八饭碗 water, 8 rice bowls

做法 The Methods:

1. Briefly wash all ingredient, put them in a pot and boil on high heat for 5 minutes. Then switch to low heat and let it continue boiling for another 45 minutes. It would reduce to about 6 bowls of water. 把所有材料洗净,放入锅里大火滚五分钟然后转小火,滚大约40分钟后熄火。

2. Let the drink cool to room temperature before consuming. 倘凉后即可饮用。

All of us had 2 small bowls of the drink each, it tasted pleasantly sweet and you may eat the apricot kernel, which is crunchy like nuts.

Useful Tips (speaking from experience...)
• avoid air-conditioner when sleeping, turn on the fan or keep the window opened instead (if safety is not an issue in your area) 
• avoid consuming cold water and cold fruits, however room temperature is alright.
• if you have a humidifier at home, add few drops of eucalyptus oil before  sleeping and elevate the pillow, this shall ease breathing difficulty cause by block nose. 

• 晚上入睡时避免开冷气,自然风或风扇为佳。
• 冷水、冰箱的水果尽量避免(室内温度的水果不妨)
• 家里有humidifier的话,睡觉时可以加几滴由加利油,枕高枕头,帮助呼吸好入眠。


  1. Thanks for sharing this! It was rough winter this year and having something natural to soothe the cough sounds like a much better option than Robitussen.

    1. You are most welcome, hope this does helps!