Today, at CA Care we have about 120 types of herbal teas to address the problems faced by cancer patients.
When we first started CA Care in 1995, we have only two types of herbal formulation that we handed out to cancer patients – Capsule A and Capsule B. Soon we realized that we need to do more to address the various problems that cancer patients had, such as coughs, constipation, fluid retention, etc.
I can still remember our frustrations when patients came with severe coughs and we could do nothing to help. Sending them to their doctors would not do!
Watch this video and you will understand why I said that (with due respect to medical doctors).
Case 1: She caught the “cough bugs” from a patient sleeping in the next bed in the hospital. Throughout the 15 days warded in the hospital the cough medicine prescribed by her doctor did not help her. She took our cough herbs for three days and her coughs were gone!
Case 2: This lady had severe coughs for about a year, prior to her Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma diagnosis. She had three X-rays done and taken cough medications prescribed by her doctor. These did nothing to solve her problem. She took our cough herbs for four days and her coughs were gone!
Case 3: In this family, the father, son and daughter had severe coughs. Each of them took just a cup of our herbal tea – and only once – their coughs were gone. The father’s coughs were severe. He was unable to sleep at night. He had seen his doctor three times and was given cough medications but they were not effective. Father took a cup of our Cough #11 – only once – and the coughs were gone and he was able to sleep well that night.
Case 4: This gentleman had been coughing severely for the past three to four months. He had seen two doctors for six times. The medication the doctors prescribed did not help him at all. He took our Cough #11 for four days and his coughs were gone.
Case 5: This patient was diagnosed with lung cancer that had spread to his brain. He had itchy coughs with white phlegm for the past few months. Due to the continuous coughing he was unable to sleep at night. He came to seek our help. We prescribed him the teas for his lung cancer besides giving him our Cough #5 and #11. He came back three weeks later and reported that he had no more coughs.
Seven Cough Herbs Formulated by CA Care
Today, at CA Care we have the following herbal teas for coughs.
Cough No. 1 is for dry, long standing coughs with little phlegm. Sometimes the sputum can be blood-tinged. There is dryness in the mouth and throat and feverish sensations in the palms and soles.
Cough No. 3 is for coughs producing thick, sticky yellow phlegm. Sometimes, the patient may feel fullness in the chest, has shortness of breath and may experience nausea or vomiting.
Cough No. 5 is for coughs producing thick, sticky, white phlegm. There may be fullness in the chest, nausea or headache and dizziness.
Cough No. 6 is generally for elderly persons who have productive coughs with shortness of breath, chest upset or indigestion. The sputum is whitish and foamy.
Cough No. 10 is for dry or unproductive coughs.
Cough No. 11 is for non-productive coughs with an itchy feeling in the throat. The patient is with or without chill or fever.
Cough No. 12 is for those with phlegm that seems to be stuck in the throat and is difficult to expectorate.
In the above video, you will note that the audience listening to my talk at the Singapore General Hospital laughed when I referred to our cough herbs by a number! No, we did not give fancy names to them – different from the pharmaceuticals, ya?
A point of curiosity: Why numbers 1, 3, 5, 6 etc. for our cough herbs? No number 2, 4 or 7? What happened to those missing numbers? So far in my 16 years here, no one is curious enough to ask me that question! But there was one patient who asked me why our breast herbs were called L and M – and no S. He was having the impression that Breast L is for patients with large breast and M for medium-sized breast. So what happen to those with S(mall) breast? The truth is, M = metastasis (for those after mastectomy) and L = Lump (for those who have not gone for surgery yet).
We have actually formulated 12 herbal mixtures for coughs – 1, 2, 3, 4 … 12. Over time only cough numbers 1, 3, 5, 6, 10, 11 and 12 have proven to be effective. Cough No: 2, 4, 7, 8 etc. were not so effective and were therefore “dropped out.”
So, who can say that the cough herbs that we now have are not proven?