Asthmatic bronchitis according to Chinese Medicine

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In Chinese Medicine, asthmatic bronchitis is sometimes associated with Wind-Heat entering the Lungs, a so-called "patterns of disharmony". Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted. It is not equivalent to the Western concept of "disease" because both concepts arise from totally different ways of seeing the human body.

To understand whether someone's asthmatic bronchitis might be caused by the pattern Wind-Heat entering the Lungs, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from asthmatic bronchitis alone. Indeed if asthmatic bronchitis is caused by Wind-Heat entering the Lungs, patients also experience symptoms such as cough with foul-smelling sputum, slight fever, mild chest pain and dry and scaly skin. Similarly, patients with Wind-Heat entering the Lungs typically exhibit rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a red tongue with yellow coating.

We've listed below a more detailed description of Wind-Heat entering the Lungs so that you can have a better understanding of where asthmatic bronchitis might find its root according to Chinese Medicine.

Once identified, patterns are often treated using herbal formulas. Drinking herbal infusions is the most common remedy in Chinese Medicine, together with acupuncture. Here we detail below Wei Jing Tang, a formula that can help treat Wind-Heat entering the Lungs.

Wind-Heat entering the Lungs, a "pattern of disharmony" associated with asthmatic bronchitis

The Lungs is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Lungs in Chinese Medicine

Wind-Heat entering the Lungs

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Slippery (Hua)

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red

Recommended herbal formula: Wei Jing Tang

Symptoms: Slight fever Mild chest pain Dry and scaly skin Cough with foul-smelling sputum

Asthmatic bronchitis might be due to Wind-Heat entering the Lungs if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as cough with foul-smelling sputum, slight fever, mild chest pain and dry and scaly skin. Similarly, patients with Wind-Heat entering the Lungs typically exhibit rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a red tongue with yellow coating.

Read more about Wind-Heat entering the Lungs here

Wei Jing Tang, a herbal formula that might help with asthmatic bronchitis

Wei Jing Tang

Source date: 627 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Clears heat from the Lungs. Transforms Phlegm. Drives out Blood-Stagnation. Discharges pus.

Why might Wei Jing Tang help with asthmatic bronchitis?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat Wind-Heat entering the Lungs, a pattern sometimes associated with asthmatic bronchitis. If it looks like you might suffer from Wind-Heat entering the Lungs, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

Read more about Wei Jing Tang here

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