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Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Bronchitis - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses


Bronchitis - Basics

Bronchitis is an infection of the bronchi that occurs when a virus or bacteria enters the lung's airways, causing inflammation. Symptoms include congestion, fatigue, cough, slight fever, sore throat, and shortness of breath. Bronchitis can either be acute (short-term) or chronic (reoccurring).

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Bronchitis.


Bronchitis - Diagnostic Patterns

The Chinese Medicine treatment of bronchitis 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 bronchitis:



Bronchitis - Formulas From Our Store

The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating bronchitis. For a complete list from our store with more details see our bronchitis formula section.


Bronchitis - Questions

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The following (4) Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Bronchitis

Bu Fei Er Jiao Wan

  • Tonify the Lungs Formula with Gelatin
    • Lung yin deficiency with strong heat signs and/or bleeding - chronic dry cough, wheezing, pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, tuberculosis, COPD.
    • Stops bleeding when it arises from lung yin deficiency - mild bloody sputum with dry cough.
  • Treat Dryness
  • Gently Disperse and Moisten Dryness
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in patients with wind-cold (i.e. "common cold").
    • Avoid when there are profuse amounts of blood in the sputum.
    • Avoid, or use with caution, in patients with stomach and/or spleen deficiencies, particularly with phlegm accumulation.

Er Chen Wan

  • Two Aged Herbs
    • The primary base formula to resolve phlegm damp, particularly in the lungs and GI system - cough (with white mucus), plugged ears, sinus blockage - along with GI symptoms of nausea, vomiting.
    • Upper respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, emphysema, COPD - when arising from phlegm damp.
    • Phlegm accumulation in the head symptoms such as dizziness, insomnia, meniere's disease, alcohol hangover.
    • Cysts from phlegm accumulation - fibroids, breast cyst, ovarian cyst, thryoid cysts, goiter.¬†
  • Treat Phlegm
  • Dry Dampness and Expel Phlegm
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in patients with yin deficiency - i.e. cough from dryness.

Su Zi Jiang Qi Wan

  • Perilla Fruit Pill to Direct Qi Downward
  • 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.

  • Regulate the Qi
  • Direct Rebellious Qi Downward

Yu Ping Feng Wan

  • Jade Windscreen Formula
    • Frequent colds, flus, chronic bronchitis - general low immunity to common infections.
    • Spontaneous sweating, aversion to wind and/or cold.
    • With appropriate diagnosis may be used to treat acute facial paralysis/Bell's Palsy.
  • Stabilize and Bind
  • Stabilize the Exterior and the Lungs
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution with patients presenting with yin deficiency.
    • Do not use for spontaneous sweating due to an exterior syndrome - only for sweating due to wei qi deficiency.



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