Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Wheezing (Dyspnea)

What Patterns Are Related To Wheezing (Dyspnea)?

whatpatternsarerelatedtowheezing(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.

    Clinical Categorization

    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.

        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

          Cautions

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

              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.

                Clinical Categorization

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