When you are dealing with your kid’s illness, you obviously would not force them to sip some tea. What would work well for colds and cough is Chinese nutritional therapy which is not also delectable (like Asian pear) but could help children quickly recover from their illness. For dry cough, we recommend Asian pear. If there is yellow phlegm along with the cough, you can add Chuan Bei Mu herb along with the pear. In Orlando Chinese medicine, Chuan Bei Mu is commonly used in clearing yellow phlegm, (in Chinese medicine, this is called Heat Phlegm). But when you’re dealing with bubbly white phlegm, Chuan Bei Mu would not work well since this herb is yin or cold in nature.

The instructions require the baking or steaming of the pears.


Rock sugar or honey
Asian pear

If yellow mucus accompanies your cough, then you need a tablespoonful (approximately 3 to 9g of Chuan Bei Mu (which you can buy in Asian markets).

After measuring, grind or crush the Chuan Bei Mu


1. On each pear cut off the bottom in thin slices so that it can stand on its own. Now slice off squarely each pear, cutting about a couple of inches off the top, take out the seeds and core carefully. Avoid cutting through to the pear’s bottom. Save the tops.

2. On some kind of a heatproof plate or a pie plate, arrange the pears. Add a tablespoon of rock sugar or honey onto each pear and strew a portion of the Chuan Bei Mu (which had been pulverized or grounded). The saved tops of the pears are then added to the plate. Then set the plate on a steamer tray.

3. Place water on a large pot or wok just enough that the water reaches the bottom of the steamer tray. Boil the pot.

4. Place a lid over the pot and boil until the fruit becomes soft enough that it’s easily pierced with a knife or boil for about 40 to 45 minutes. Drink the juice and serve the Asian pears warm. Consume everything.

You can either steam or bake the pears. Preheat the dish to 350 degrees and bake until soft (or for about 40 minutes).

Among practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Apricot Fruit is another very good for cough with yellow phlegm.

Eating apricots is recommended if you have cough and especially when you’ve got an abundant buildup of mucus in your body, obstructing your nasal tracts that you can’t even cough because of the blockage. They also inhibit mucus production and help move the phlegm thus helping clear air pathways.

In relieving cough, consume four dried or one fresh apricot for at least, two times a day. Both dried and fresh apricots make ideal remedies for coughing and congestion. There is no need to cook the apricot.

When you have cough and it’s not the cold or flu season, you may use Apricot Seed (or Xing Ren) which are widely available in Asian Markets). Crush 3 to 9 grams of the seed before decocting. Because these seeds, in high doses, can be slightly toxic and can cause diarrhea, extreme caution should be taken.