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Table 4 Ten most commonly prescribed herbs for patients with tuberculosis

From: Utilization of Chinese medicine for respiratory discomforts by patients with a medical history of tuberculosis in Taiwan

Pin-yin name Chinese Materia Medica name Botanical name Indication Number of person-days
Jie-Geng Radix Platycodonis Platycodon grandiflorus (Jacq.) A.DC Cough, large amount of sputum, sore throat 18,779
Bei-Mu Bulbus Fritillariae Thunbergii Fritillaria thunbergii Miq. Lung heat with thick phlegm, cough due to yin deficiency 18,460
Xing-Ren Semen Armeniacae Prunus armeniaca L.var. ansu Max Cough with phlegm, cough in older people or weaker bodies 14,610
Yu-Xing- Cao Herba Houttuyniae Houttuynia cordata Thunb. Fever, Inflammation of the respiratory tract 8978
Gua-Lou- Ren Semen Trichosanthis Trichosanthes kirilowii Maxim Hot cough with sticky phlegm 8905
Gan-Cao Radix Glycyrrhizae Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fisch Lung TB, cough with abundance of phlegm, tired and lack of strength, palpitation and short of breath 8054
Huang-Qin Radix Scutellariae Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi Cough due to heat syndromes, infection, and hemoptysis 7991
Mai-Men-Dong Radix Ophiopogonis Ophiopogon japonicus (Thunb.) Ker Gawl. Cough, weakness, consumption, short of breath, heat from yin deficiency 6934
Dan-Shen Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae Salvia miltiorrhiza Bge. Restlessness, insomnia, irritability, blood deficiency and blood stasis 6508
Wu-Wei- Zi Fructus Schisandrae Schisandra chinensis (Turcz.) Baill. Wheezy cough, palpitations, and thirst due to yin deficiency 6154