Chinese Herbal Product for Clear Lungs and Better Breathing

Chinese Herbal Product – ClearLungs

Dear Dr. Mahler:
I have recently been taking the Chinese Herbal product, “ClearLungs.”  I have felt my lungs clearing up but I cough a lot, I take no other medication.  Should I keep taking it, what is your opinion?
Lynn from Chattanooga, TN 

Dear Lynn,

Before discussing the Chinese herbal product, I have a few questions for you. You describe that “I cough a lot.” There are many causes for coughing and thus it is important to find out why. When you cough, is it a “dry cough” or do you raise mucus? Do you have allergies, asthma, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? Have you mentioned your coughing to your health care professional?

Chinese herbal product may help with coughing

Female with COPD coughing

 What is the Chinese Herbal Product – ClearLungs? As I am not familiar with this product, I searched the internet. The website stated that ClearLungs is a brand name that “contains 13 perfectly balanced herbal ingredients designed to help keep airways free of phlegm and mucus while supporting clear lungs and free breathing.” The website did not mention the actual names of the 13 herbal ingredients.

Who Makes ClearLungs? ClearLungs is manufactured by Ridgecrest Herbals, Inc., a Utah corporation.  The company makes over two dozen formulas, including both herbal supplements and over-the-counter (OTC) homeopathic medicines which contain herbs. What is the Cost? Sixty tablets of ClearLungs cost $21.99 if ordered on the website. My Comments Lynn – I can not recommend this product as I don’t know what are the actual 13 herbal ingredients. With most medications, studies called randomized clinical trials are performed to evaluate how good the medication works (efficacy) and safety.  It would be interesting to learn if the manufacturer has performed any such studies to evaluate ClearLungs. I hope that this information is helpful. Sincerely, Donald A. Mahler, M.D.

Donald A. Mahler, M.D. is Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire. He works as a pulmonary physician at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont, NH, where he is Director of Respiratory Services.