Ling Zhi Lung Formula (Ling Zhi Fei Pian)

Ganoderma (Reishi / Ling Zhi) 46%
Sophorae Flavescentis Radix (Shrubby Sophora Root / Ku Shen) 21%
Lepidii Semen / Descurainiae Semen (Lepidium, Descurainia Seed / Ting Li Zi) 13%
Jujubae Fructus (Jujube Date, red / Hong Zao, Da Zao) 13%
Glycyrrhizae Radix (Chinese Licorice Root / Gan Cao) 7%

Chinese Medical Actions
Rectifies lung qi, supplements lungs, assists kidneys in grasping the qi, resolves phlegm, stops cough, arrests wheezing, calms shen.

Breathing, labored with exertion
Influenza, post-illness w/damage to qi

Tongue: Normal or thick coating.
Pulse: May be superficial, slightly rapid or slightly tight and slow.

Contraindications: Do not use if condition is due to lung fire, or if the wheezing is due to pneumonia.

Dosage: This formula is safer to take in larger doses than those containing ephedra (ma huang).

Acute Conditions: For adults, 3-4 tablets as needed, up to five doses in 24 hours. Reduce frequency to three times daily after symptoms have abated by 50% or more. If condition does not noticeably improve within the first 24 hours, re-evaluate the diagnosis or refer to appropriate medical professional.

Sub-acute or Chronic Conditions: At the first signs of a developing asthmatic condition, take 3-5 tablets as needed, 2-3 times per day, until resolved (up to three weeks).

Notes: Use Ling Zhi Lung Formula by itself to treat most types of asthmatic breathing without fever

Combine with Lily Preserve Metal Formula if symptoms began as an acute febrile condition and the wheezing is due to yin damage sustained during the acute stage, which has developed into a chronic condition. When this combination is appropriate, there is likely to be dry throat with thirst, a geographic or scanty tongue coat, and a fine slightly rapid pulse. Cough is often more prominent than wheezing, and may be streaked with blood. Use 2 tablets of each formula as a starting point for dosage.

Combine with Yin Chiao FormulaViola Clear Fire Formula, or Zhong Gan Ling Formula if triggered by a sudden viral invasion in the wind-cold or wind-heat stage of penetration. This combination works best if administered within the first day of an external invasion.

Combine with Poria Five Formula if wheezing is due primarily to water retention. This condition is not common, but if the water metabolism problem leads to wheezing, this combination will work well. In such cases, Poria Five Formula will be the main formula and Ling Zhi Lung Formula will act as assistant. Accompanying signs and symptoms include urinary difficulty or retention, possible mild fever, and some clear sign of water metabolism dysfunction. (See Poria Five Formula)