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The Phlegmy Type


You have dealt with chronic phlegm and mucus affecting your lungs and/or sinuses.  You cough, blow your nose, or clear your throat a lot to try to get this stubborn mucus out and you probably snore at night.  You are prone to getting sinus infections, asthma, and/or bronchitis.

Possible Symptoms:

  • cough with phlegm​

  • shortness of breath

  • stuffy feeling in the chest

  • sinus congestion

  • congestion that gets worse when lying down

  • white tongue coating


  • common cold

  • congenital weakness or premature birth

  • smoking

  • prolonged sadness or unresolved grief

  • excessive sitting with shoulders tensed and hunched over

Helpful Tips:

  • Eliminate dairy and cold foods from your diet.

  • Take breaks from sitting and stretch regularly.

  • Do qi gong exercises.

  • Ask your Chinese herbalist about taking herbs to clear phlegm.

Best foods to eat:
  • Vegetables: daikon, fennel, mushrooms, onions, radishes, seaweed, turnip, watercress

  • Fruits: cherries

  • Nuts/seeds: almonds, almond butter, flaxseed

  • Beans/legumes: garbanzo beans, lentils

  • Herbs/spices: cardamom, cayenne, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, horseradish, thyme

What to Drink:
  • Room-temperature or hot/warm water

  • Cinnamon tea

  • Ginger tea

Foods & Drinks to AVOID:
  • all dairy products

  • sugar/sweets

  • red meat

  • peanuts

  • tofu

  • miso

  • soy products

  • greasy/fried foods

  • fatty foods

  • wheat

  • oats

  • alcohol

  • bananas

Recipes to Dissolve Phlegm:

Roasted Radishes for Respiratory Health

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