Pharmaceutical Latin: Folium Eriobotryae
Common English: Loquat Leaf
Herbs that Transform Phlegm and Stop Coughing: Herbs that Stop Cough and Wheezing (Anti-Asthmatics)
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Fresh: 15-30g
Tincture: 2-5ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Transforms Phlegm, clears Lung Heat, descends Lung Qi and stops coughing

Lung Heat or Lung Dryness with cough and wheezing


Rebellious Lung Qi

Harmonizes the Stomach, clears Stomach Heat and descends Stomach Qi

Stomach Heat with thirst, nausea, vomiting, hiccup and belching

Rebellious Stomach Qi

  • Contraindicated for those with vomiting due to Stomach Cold.
  • Contraindicated for those with vomiting due to irritability.
  • Contraindicated for those with coughing due to external Wind-Cold.

Sm. Armeniacae
Xing Ren

Cx. Mori
Sang Bai Pi
Rx. Platycodi
Jie Geng
Rx. Stemonae
Bai Bu

Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin
Rz. Cyperi
Xiang Fu

Lung Heat induced non-productive cough or cough with viscous sputum that is difficult to expectorate, with chest pain and a dry throat.

Coughing and wheezing from Dry Heat with difficult-to-expectorate sputum, a dry mouth and a red tongue.

Stomach-Heat induced vomiting and belching.

Rz. Imperatae
Bai Mao Gen

Rz. Bletillae
Bai Ji

Rz. Phragmitis
Lu Gen

Vomiting or hematemesis due to Heat.

Coughing up bloody sputum.

Stop coughs, transform Phlegm and stop bleeding to treat Lung Yin Deficiency Heat leading to Stasis and coughing up Blood.

Irritability and vomiting due to injury to the fluids by warm febrile diseases.

Rz. Pinelliae Preparata
Zhi Ban Xia

Fol. Mori
Sang Ye

Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian
Fr. Gardeniae
Zhi Zi
Cx. Mori
Sang Bai Pi

Alleviates nausea and calms the Stomach.

Treats coughing and wheezing.

Harmonizes the Lungs and Liver.

Harmonizes the Stomach.

Coughing with copious yellow Phlegm due to Lung Heat.

Rx. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong
Caul. Bambusae in Taeniam
Zhu Ru
Rz. Phragmitis
Lu Gen



Nausea and vomiting.



  1. This herb brings Qi down to the lower part of the body for deficient Qi in the lower aspects of the body.
  2. It is used for asthma and coughing due to Wind, Heat, Dryness and Fire.
  3. This is a common herb in cough syrups.
  4. In decoctions it is combined with Yin tonics, Phlegm resolvers and Lung Heat clearing herbs.
  5. Both Pi Pa Ye and Rz. Cynanchi Stauntonii Bai Qian are good at descending rebellious Lung Qi. Pi Pa Ye is cooling and moistening and best for treating dry cough or hard-to-expectorate Phlegm. It also stops nausea. Bai Qian is warming and parching and is best for External Pathogenic Qi which has obstructed the Lungs causing a sensation of fullness in the chest and the sound of Phlegm in the throat.
  6. Both Pi Pa Ye and Rz. Pinelliae Preparata Zhi Ban Xia treat Lung and Stomach conditions. Pi Pa Ye cools the Lungs to stop coughs and transform Phlegm. It is cool and moistening and is used for Phlegm-Heat and cough from Lung Dryness. It cools Stomach Heat, preventing Stomach Qi from being carried upward by Excess Yang. It allows Phlegm to be more easily moved by Zhi Ban Xia. Zhi Ban Xia transforms Dampness and Phlegm and is better for cough with profuse Phlegm from Phlegm-Dampness. It transforms Phlegm and Dampness so that Stomach Qi is free to properly descend, thereby preventing nausea. It is warm and parching and mainly parches Dampness and transforms Phlegm. Together Moistness and Dryness, Cold and Heat are all represented and the ability to descend Qi is considerably strengthened. They are frequently used together to treat cough and wheezing and to alleviate nausea and calm the Stomach.
  7. Raw Loquat Leaf Sheng Pi Pa Ye or Fresh Loquat Leaf Xian Pi Pa Ye is more cooling and is best for cooling Lung and Stomach Heat, while transforming Phlegm and descending rebellious Qi. It is best for treating nausea due to Stomach Heat. It also resolve toxicity and soothes the throat.
  8. Honey-prepared Loquat Leaf Mi Zhi Pi Pa Ye has a stronger Lung-moistening property and is best to treat Lung heat Injuring the Fluids or cough due to Lung Dryness with rebellious Qi.
  9. Ginger-prepared Loquat Leaf Jiang Zhi Pi Pa Ye is warm rather than cool with an enhanced ability to alleviate nausea and is best to treat Cold-type cough or nausea from Stomach Cold.