Cough Reduction Tea (From Colds)

by | Feb 19, 2018 | Speciality Teas, Vegetarian | 6 comments

Soup Name

Cough Reduction Team (From Colds)

Traditional Chinese Name:  

止咳茶 (zhǐ ké chá)


It started with a cold.  My whole family had it, being passed from one person to the other.  My symptoms were light though, feeling primarily fatigue throughout a two week period, until the end.  I developed this mildly itchy (but highly irritating) cough that just wouldn’t go away, even with cough syrup.  So I went to find my Chinese doctor and herbalist who asked me a few questions, asked me to show him my tongue and recommended this mild tea designed to squash that pesky cough.

What’s involved?

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 1 hour

Total time: 1 hour 5 mins

Serves: 2 cups


A majority of the ingredients are cough attacking ingredients and readily found at your wet marts, herbalist, or dried food stalls.  They are primarily leafy and stem based, and not a cooling tea at all, but does address heatiness in the body. 

Normally, anything cooling actually stimulates coughing more, so these are warm ingredients that are paired perfectly for anyone who wants to try an alternative solution to the drowsy cough medicine.  This tea is mild enough for kids, mild enough to drink back to back, slightly warming, but not heaty, and perfect for vegetarians.  On top of the dried herbs, chuck in a slice of ginger for good measure!

This tea is already slightly sweet (due to the sugared dried kumquat) and quite soothing to drink.  No sugar needed!

Cooking Instructions

  1. Boil your tea water
  2. Once boiling, add in all the ingredients together
  3. Boil on medium high (covered) for an hour
  4. Strain the ingredients
  5. Serve and enjoy


    1. Julie

      Hi, can you tell me what the ingredients are in Chinese? The supermarket packages usually have very weird English translations of these herbs. Just want to make sure I get the right ones. Thanks!!

      • LadyTong

        Hi Julie! Sorry, the links are now activated on the recipe, so you can click on each one and see the full ingredient details, including the Chinese name! Hope this helps! Lisa

    2. Tina

      Hi Lady Tong,
      I’ve been following your website since my confinement days (my little one is 7 now) but in your new website layout, I can’t find your search button to look for soups. Need to find a soup for coughs that everyone in the family can also have??

    3. May Chan

      Hello Lady Tong, can you please tell me what are dragon’s tongue leaves in Chinese. Does the Chinese herbal shop sell them?

      • Angela

        It’s called 龍脷叶

    4. Angela

      It’s called 龍脷叶



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