ClearLungs® is our original award-winning lung formula adapted from an ancient Chinese combination. The ingredients in ClearLungs Classic are known to help:
- Support free-breathing*
- Keep airways open*
- Help maintain balanced mucus levels*
The ClearLungs formula is Ridgecrest Herbals’ premier product and holds a special place in our heart as the one that started it all back in the ’90s. For years it has been the #1 natural product in the country for lung health, which just goes to show how effective traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) can be.
The basis of this formula dates back 2,000 years! In TCM, the lungs are considered the “Upper Source of Water” and Qi flows downward from the lungs. If the lungs fall out of balance, symptoms of stuffy chest, cough, asthma, or signs of water stagnation (phlegm, urinary problems, edema, etc.) occur.
To treat this, bitter herbs are used to encourage downward flow, and warming herbs increase circulation to the lungs to increase heat. The respiratory system is closely related to the spleen and kidneys, so the formula is designed to support all three systems.
This formula can be taken with our AirwayClear™ for additional support.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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Awards for ClearLungs
- 2020 Taste For Life Essentials Award, Respiratory Support (Spring)
- 2020 Taste For Life Immunity Essentials Awards, Respiratory Support (Fall)
Herbs in ClearLungs
Dong Quai Root
The phytochemicals within this plant are said to help support the body in white blood cell production. Renowned for its ability to encourage a positive immune response, Dong Quai Root has many wellness-promoting properties. Studies show it may help the body's ability to naturally dilate the bronchioles to support open airways and encourage circulation to the lungs and respiratory system. In addition, it contains small amounts of vitamins A and E, biotin, carotene, and pantothenic acid.
Ophiopogon Root helps restore the human system's essential moisture and bodily fluids. It’s especially effective in bringing moisture back to the lungs and helping the body to balance normal mucus levels. It has proven to be exceptional for treating external conditions that may dry and irritate lungs - smoke, dust, inversion, winter weather, insufficient humidity, etc.
Poria Fungal Body
Poria, which contains multiple vitamins and other nutrients essential to healthy cardiac function and blood circulation, is used in traditional Chinese medicine to rid the body of excess "dampness." In the process, it helps balance electrolytes and revitalizes the spleen, which is responsible for storing half of the body's white blood cells (monocytes). This supports the immune system and helps it function properly.
Chinese Asparagus Root
Chinese asparagus root is called the "Queen" of herbs due to its wide range of effective properties. It’s particularly known as a lung tonic recognized for its potential to help support the body moisten and gently cleanse the lungs and respiratory tissues.
Chinese Skullcap Root
Chinese Skullcap is one of the most widely used herbs in Chinese medicine, particularly as support for the bronchioles and the larger respiratory system. Skullcap contains compounds that support the body's natural, healthy state free from excess inflammation, encourage natural immune function, and promote healthy urine flow, bile production, and more.
In TCM, Gardenia is most used to "drain fire," i.e., to help support normal temperature and support the body's natural, healthy state free from excess inflammation. Gardenia is also commonly used to help maintain healthy nasal pressure, calmness within the body, and muscle relaxation.
Luo Han Guo Fruit
Luo Han Guo fruit is used in TCM for respiratory and lung support. High in Vitamin C, it’s also recognized as a "guiding herb" to direct other herbs towards the upper body, especially the respiratory system.
Platycodon is included in this formula for its ability to focus support on the chest, help phlegm management throughout the system, aid respiratory and sinus health, and support loosening and comfort the lungs.
Tangerine Mature Peel
Tangerine peel serves to balance and regulate Qi (chi) i.e., air, gas, and energy flow throughout the body. The tangerine peel helps provide Qi energy to each organ throughout the human system, especially to the lungs.
White Mulberry Root Bark
Commonly used in traditional Chinese herbal combinations for its ability to help the body build respiratory function, and for its properties as a tonic for the liver, kidney, and lungs.
Zhejiang Fritillary Bulb
Most used to support the body's ability to deal with conditions relating to the heart and lungs. Specifically, it’s used to help balance mucus, avoid system stagnation, nourish the lymphatic system, and support overall cardiovascular function.
Known for its extraordinary adaptogenic properties, including the ability to potentially help normalize and balance multiple human systems, this herb promotes oxygen supply for the cells, supports the body's immune system, protects against stress, and builds stamina.
Chinese Licorice Root
One of the most widely used herbs in TCM, licorice is used to stimulate, support, and harmonize gland function. It helps support the adrenal glands and immune system, energy production, and aids cellular removal of toxins. Scientific evidence exists indicating its ability to reinforce the body's natural, healthy state free from excess inflammation. Licorice root contains glycyrrhizin, a chemical compound that maintains the body's ability to block enzymes that lower the prostaglandin levels responsible for mucus production. It also acts as a guiding herb to enhance the activity of other key ingredients.
Will ClearLungs Classic make me jittery or nervous?
No. ClearLungs Classic doesn’t have any stimulants and won’t make you feel jittery or nervous. If you struggle with these symptoms on a regular basis, we recommend trying Adrenal Fatigue Fighter™ or Anxiety Free™.
Will ClearLungs Classic keep me awake at night/prevent me from sleeping?
No. There are no stimulants in ClearLungs Classic and it shouldn't affect your sleep. If you struggle with falling or staying asleep, we recommend trying DreamOn™ Zen.
Are there any side effects from taking ClearLungs Classic? (Risks?)
No. ClearLungs Classic has no known side effects and is made of gentle herbs that aren’t known to create any negative issues. However, as everyone is different, if a reaction does occur we ask that you contact our customer service department so we can track it.
Should I take this product if I am pregnant or nursing?
While many customers have taken ClearLungs safely while pregnant and nursing, there are two ingredients (Dong Quai and Licorice Root) that in larger doses may be contraindicated. Therefore, we recommend that if you’re pregnant, consult with a healthcare practitioner familiar with the effects of herbal remedies before taking this product.
Is ClearLungs Classic habit-forming?
No, ClearLungs Classic cannot cause dependence.
What’s the difference between ClearLungs Classic and ClearLungs Extra Strength?
The extra strength formula contains more herbal material per capsule and includes our patented Availablend®, which consists of ingredients known to help increase bioavailability. We suggest using the ClearLungs Extra Strength for short-term support. For longer-term use, the original ClearLungs formula is for you.
Will the licorice in ClearLungs Classic raise my blood pressure?
It’s not likely. While European licorice has been shown to raise low blood pressure in large doses, Chinese licorice has not been shown to have the same effects and is not used for that purpose in herbal medicine. Our ClearLungs Classic formula contains 36.2mg of Chinese licorice, and it takes over 400mg of European licorice to effectively raise blood pressure. You should always consult with your physician before making changes to any blood pressure regimen.
What is the difference between your AirwayClear™ and ClearLungs Formulas?
The main difference lies in the TCM ideas of cooling and warming formulas. Cooling formulas are designed to calm and relax, while warming formulas are intended to stimulate the body. AirwayClear™ is a cooling formula, designed to cool irritation and support the body's natural state free from excess inflammation, helping the airways to relax and soothe. ClearLungs is designed to stimulate the lungs and balance mucus levels while maintaining healthy airways. You can take AirwayClear and ClearLungs together.
All ClearLungs formulations are most effective when paired with a healthy lifestyle:
- Losing weight will positively impact respiratory function
- Sufficient rest and exercise
- Removing inflammatory foods from the diet
- Avoidance of allergens and dust, and from warm, humidified air in winter