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Respiratory Problems

Allergies to dust, pollen and molds

Whether seasonal or chronic, allergies to dust, pollen and molds are the response of a compromised immune system. While Chinese Medicine offers effective non-drug therapy to manage the acute symptoms of allergic reactions, the real gift of Chinese Medicine treatment is to boost the body’s immunity so as to reduce and / or eliminate ones allergic response. As we are constantly exposed to a variety allergens, when our bodily vitality is robust, we are able to prevent the effects of these allergens we encounter on a daily basis.


Asthma is in many ways an exaggeration of the body’s allergic response. This is seen in asthma attacks that are triggered by exposure to allergens, or allergic asthma. In addition, chronic asthma, and non-allergic asthma are due to an imbalance within the body that is manifesting as asthma. This is in part an adrenal deficiency, as can be seen in the use of adrenalin shots for acute treatment of severe asthma attacks. In addition, the parasympathetic / sympathetic actions of neuro-transmitters that cause bronco-spasms are signs of an imbalance within the neuro chemistry of the body.

According to the view of Chinese Medicine, treating asthma with strong medications like steroids, though necessary in some acute situations, when used long term, will deplete the adrenal system and effect the neuro chemistry. This in turn leads to a slow degeneration of the body’s vitality and an escalation in the severity of the asthma, and increased dependence on heavier medications.

Chinese Medicine treats asthma by: boosting adrenal function, balancing neuro-transmission and sympathetic/parasympathic nervous systems, reducing allergic sensitivities, and improving the health of the respiratory system.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

In severe conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Chinese Medicine offers an effective adjunct to standard medical therapy. By boosting the functioning of the respiratory system, increasing circulation, and the vitality of the body, Chinese Medicine will mitigate the development of this disease process. In addition Chinese Medicine can help manage such symptoms as wheezing, shortness of breath, cough, and phlegm congesting in the lungs.

Chinese Medicine is a very effective treatment for Respiratory Problems, from allergies and asthma, to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Chinese Medicine views allergies and the degeneration of pulmonary function as a systemic issue. This means that not only the functioning of the upper respiratory system, in the case of allergies, etc., or lower respiratory system, in the case of CPOD, etc., must be addressed, but the vital function of the whole body must be addressed as well. As the whole body becomes stronger, respiratory function can be improved and acute symptoms are eliminated or reduced, and the progression of chronic conditions can be slowed.

Chinese Medicine works to increase the vitality of the respiratory, adrenal, and immune systems to treat chronic respiratory conditions while at the same time managing the acute manifestations. This is not an “either / or” process. When one is on pharmaceutical medications, one stays on their medications until it is clear that the dosage can be reduced. Over time, as the body responds, the dosage can be reduced significantly, if not eliminated in all but the more severe conditions.

As part of my training, I interned with Dr Li Nai Yu, the head of the Respiratory department of Nan Jing Hospital, an affiliate of Nan Jing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nan Jing China. Dr. Li is well known in Nan Jing for his ability to treat respiratory disease with Chinese Medicine.

In addition to my training and clinical experience treating respiratory disorders, I treated my own asthma exclusively with Chinese Medicine.

For more information on the treatment of respiratory disorders with Chinese Medicine, visit these web sites:

General information: tcm.health-info.org/WHO-treatment-list.htm#_resp

Asthma 1: www.acupuncture.com/research/asthm2.htm

Asthma 2: www.acupuncture.com/research/asthm4.htm

Asthma 3: www.acupuncture.com/research/asthma.htm

Asthma 4B: www.liebertonline.com/doi/abs/

Hyperventilation: http://www.liebertonline.com

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