Got a cough? Maybe try some pears

Pear for cough

Got a cough? Maybe try some pears

So Saturday morning in clinic and I am treating the 5th or is it 6th post cold sinus congestion and cough! Today has inspired me to share the simple Chinese wisdom of PEARS! After you have been through the worst phases, and maybe even a course or two of antibiotics or herbal treatments, you are left with a cough that you can’t seem to shake. So here is a simple tip that may assist in reducing the duration of your lingering cough.



Pears in Chinese Medicine


In traditional Chinese Medical dietary therapy the simple pears have a Sweet, slightly sour, cool property. They can influence the lung and stomach which could depending on cooking clear fever and resolve phlegm, promote the secretion of body fluid and relieve thirst. Making Pears a great dietary addition to help resolve the linger cough, so how to cook;


  • Dry cough with minimal phlegm | Brown pears with honey then bake
  • Clear or white phlegm | Peel pear, brown with sugar then stew
  • Yellow phlegm | Keep peal on, brown with sugar and stew


For more ideas see my two favourite pear recipes below;


Spiced pears

Pear for cough



2 pears, sliced (check above if you should peel or not 🙂 )

1 tablespoon of water

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root

1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

2 tablespoons light brown soft sugar or honey (again above if you should use honey or sugar) 

1 tablespoon raisins 



  1. Place sliced pears in a small pot with 1 tablespoon water.
  2. Add sugar, cinnamon, ginger, orange zest, sugar and raisins. Stir well.
  3. Cook gently over a low heat for about 10 mins or until the pears are cooked, but still firm. Pears can then be baked 🙂


Pear & Sweet potato Soup

Sweet potato & pear soup


25g of coconut oil

1 small white onion, chopped

750g sweet potato, peeled and roughly chopped into 2cm dice

2 firm pears (approximately 500g), peeled (or check above 🙂 ) cut into 2cm dice

270mls of coconut cream

3 cups of chicken stock or chicken bone broth



  1. Melt coconut milk in large saucepan, adding onion and cooking for 2-3 minutes or until softened, but not brown
  2. Add sweet potato, and pear, cook stirring for a further 1-2 minutes
  3. Add stock and cook for 20 minutes or until the sweet potato and pear are softened
  4. Cool slightly, add coconut cream, salt to taste, and puree
  5. Serve with fresh mint to enhance the flavour


Other tips

  • Keep warm especially the chest, neck and upper back
  • Drink plenty of warm liquids and water
  • Chicken soup with garlic, chilli and ginger does wonders in the initial phases
  • Get some Chinese Herbs to help break up mucus and phlegm
  • Spend time in a salt room 
  • Rest rest rest!!! 



A lingering cough could indicate something more serious so if you are not getting better then please consult your doctor or health practitioner. Avoid those who are in risk groups including young children.


About the author
Lauren LanzoniLauren Surridge is the Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and owner of Balanced Life Health Care. To find out more about Lauren click here and to make an appointment to see Lauren at her clinic in Ferntree Gully click here