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The Herbal Medicine Chest

How to Stock Your Medicine Cabinet With Herbal Medicines Instead of Over-the-Counter Drugs

Traditional Chinese Medicine offers herbal alternatives that we believe are safer and in many cases actually work better than their pharmaceutical counterparts. 

The table below is for educational purposes, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your health care provider.

Herbal products are not approved by the FDA. They are not meant to cure or eliminate diseases. 


Typical OTC Drug

OTC Herbal Med


Claritin, Zyrtec, etc

Dr. Shen’s Allergy Pills

Burns (minor)

Aloe, Petroleum Jelly

Burn Creme

Jing Wan Hong

Colds (general symptoms)

Dayquil, Nyquil, etc.

Yin Chiao, Ganmaoling, Zong Gan Ling

Cold Sores


Superior Sore Throat Powder


Miralax, X-Lax

Rhubarb Rx 

Cough from cold

Robatussen,cough drops

Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan

Nin Jiom Pi Pa Ye

Diarrhea (occasional)

Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol

Shen Ling Bai Zhu Pian

Indigestion (simple)

Pepto Bismol 

Stomach Curing Pills

Injury Pain

Motrin, Tylenol, Alieve

1st stage: Tieh Ta Yao Gin

2nd stage: Dr. Shir’s

3rd stage: Zheng Gu Shui

Itching (poison oak, etc.)

Itching (dry skin)**

Cortisone creams

Topical Moisturizers

Spring Wind Ointment


Menstrual Pain

Motrin, Tylenol, Midol

To Jing Wan

Mood **

Prescription meds only

Free & Easy Pills

Nasal, Sinus Congestion 


Allergy: Dr Shen’s Sinus Pills

Cold: Bi Yan Pian





Yan Hu Suo Zhi Tang


Skin: pimples with pus

Skin: dry and inflamed**

Topical cleansers

Topical moisturizers

Complexion Pills



Benadryl, Aleve PM, others

Good Sleep Pills

Sore Throat (topical)

Cepacol, Chloraseptic

Superior Sore Throat Spray

**Consultation Highly Recommended**