Asthma is a chronic lung disease characterized by the inflammation and constricting of the airways. Several different factors trigger asthmatic episodes, including stress, infectious agents, pollutants and allergens. When one of these "triggers" irritates the airways, the muscles surrounding them tighten, restricting the flow of air to the lungs. Symptoms of asthma are tightness in the chest, wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Asthma.
The Chinese Medicine treatment of asthma generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).
The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of asthma:
The treatment of conditions with acupuncture can be a complicated endeavor that should only be undertaken by individuals with a deep understanding of the underlying Chinese Medicine theory (and/or whatever system being used for treatment). There are many approaches, but generally speaking few viable approaches are involved on a point to condition basis. Rather using proper diagnostic procedures the patients diagnostic pattern is ascertained and that is what is treated. The protocols listed here exemplify some of these clinical approaches.
The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Asthma
Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for asthma that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.
The following Tam Healing/Tong Ren Therapy Protocols May Be Used With Asthma
The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating asthma. For a complete list from our store with more details see our asthma formula section.
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Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)
The following (2) chinese herbs may be useful for asthma. In most cases, however, treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine is done with herbal formulas based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting herbs by function alone. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.
Use with caution in yin deficiency or with patients with signs of liver yang rising
Cough with watery, copious sputum, breathing issues such as wheezing, asthma, shortness of breath (particularly difficulty inhaling), chest oppression. Possibly signs of kidney qi/yang deficiency such as edema, weak low back and/or legs, fatigue.
The Tongue will have a white coating that can be either greasy or slippery.