Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Wheezing (Dyspnea)

What Patterns Are Related To Wheezing (Dyspnea)?


Wheezing (Dyspnea) - Diagnostic Patterns

The Chinese Medicine treatment of wheezing (dyspnea) 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 wheezing (dyspnea):

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

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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.

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      • 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.

        Sha Shen Mai Dong Wan (Glehnia and Ophiopogonis Decoction)

        Clinical Usages

        • Important formula for stomach yin deficiency - benefits the stomach and the lungs - a range of digestive issues (gastritis, epigastric pain), possibly with dry throat, thirst and/or cough.
        • Diabetes - particularly with signs of dryness.
        • A range of lung related issues - lung cancer, pneumonia, cough/wheezing.

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