Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Bronchitis

What Is Bronchitis?


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.

What Patterns Are Related To 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:

Kidney Yang DeficiencyLung Dampness - Phlegm ColdLung Dampness - Phlegm HeatLung Qi DeficiencyLung Wind Invasion - Wind ColdLung Wind Invasion - Wind HeatSpleen Qi DeficiencySpleen Yang Deficiency

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Which Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols Apply To Bronchitis?


Bronchitis - Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols

Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for bronchitis 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 and tong ren therapy protocols may be used with bronchitis:

Formulas and Products @ Our Store Associated With Bronchitis

The Following (8)Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Bronchitis

Bu Fei Er Jiao Wan (Tonify the Lungs Formula with Gelatin)

Clinical Usages

  • 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.

    Clinical Categorization


      • 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.

        Ding Chuan Wan (Calm Wheezing Pills)

        Clinical Usages

        • Directs the lung qi downward and clears phlegm heat from the lungs.  Typically used for the condition of wind cold blocking the exterior with internal accumulation of phlegm heat - which may involve symptoms such as the common cold, bronchitis, asthma - with wheezing, cough with thick sticky yellow phlegm that is difficult to get out, rapid shallow breathing, difficulty breathing. 
        • Conditions may be acute or chronic.

          Clinical Categorization


            • Generally avoided in patients that present with yin or qi deficiency.

              Er Chen He San Zi Yang Qin Wan (Two Aged Herbs & Three Seeds Nursing Pills)

              Clinical Usages

              • Modified version of er chen wan - formula for clearing phlegm in both acute and chronic cases - seasonal colds and flus with phlegm, chronic wet cough, sinus issues and more physical signs such as dizziness, meniere's with the right causal factors.

                Clinical Categorization

                Er Chen Wan (Two Aged Herbs)

                Clinical Usages

                • 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. 

                  Clinical Categorization


                    • Avoid in patients with yin deficiency - i.e. cough from dryness.

                      Huang Lian Jie Du Wan (Coptis Decoction To Relieve Toxicity)

                      Clinical Usages

                      • Clears fire toxins (damp heat, toxic heat, fire) from all three jiaos - formula has an antibiotic function which has a broad range of uses in conditions arising from damp heat in the body.  Acute bacterial infections, dystentary, fever (of unknown origin), acute bronchitis, acute conjunctivitis, UTI.
                      • Hypertension when it arises from fire/toxic heat.
                      • A range of skin issues - boils, acne, mastitis, pyogenic skin infections, gingivitis.
                      • Disorders of the middle jiao - hepatitis (particularly acute infectious), jaundice, H-pylori, gastritis.
                      • Arrest bleeding in reckless bleeding from heat.
                      • Gu syndrome conditions with the right underyling factors - IBS, Lyme, other inflammatory conditions.

                        Clinical Categorization


                          • Generally only used for acute situations, rarely taken for longer than 15-20 days.  For longer use watch for signs of damage to the spleen system in TCM terms.
                          • Avoid in patients with Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency.  G6PD is an inherited condition usually occurring in males, more commonly in those of African and Mediterranean descent. Triggers include infections, stress, fava beans, aspirin, and other drugs.  When symptoms are triggered, they include fever, dark urine, abdominal and back pain, fatigue, and pale skin.  Most people recover in a few days without treatment, but avoiding relapses is important. 

                            Sheng Mai San Wan (Generate the Pulse Pills)

                            Clinical Usages

                            • Respiratory issues from lung qi and yin deficiencies - chronic cough, wheezing.
                            • May be used for damage from longer term illnesses and/or the overuse of wind clearing formulas for colds/flus - nightsweats, spontaneous sweating.
                            • With the right underlying patterns a range of respiratory and coronary issues.

                              Clinical Categorization

                              Su Zi Jiang Qi Wan (Perilla Fruit Pill to Direct Qi Downward)

                              Clinical Usages

                              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.

                                Clinical Categorization

                                Yu Ping Feng Wan (Jade Windscreen Formula)

                                Clinical Usages

                                • 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.
                                • Particularly useful for children who always get sick often and tend towards the worst versions of whatever pathogen is going around (i.e. illnesses that quickly travel deeply - common cold to bronchitis, etc.) - often needs to be taken for many months, ideally during a period when they are not sick.

                                  Clinical Categorization


                                    • 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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