Bronchiolitis according to Chinese Medicine

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In Chinese Medicine, bronchiolitis is sometimes associated with Wind-Cold invading the Interior with Phelgm-Heat, 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 bronchiolitis might be caused by the pattern Wind-Cold invading the Interior with Phelgm-Heat, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from bronchiolitis alone. Indeed if bronchiolitis is caused by Wind-Cold invading the Interior with Phelgm-Heat, patients also experience symptoms such as labored breathing and coughing and wheezing with copious thick and yellow sputum. Similarly, patients with Wind-Cold invading the Interior with Phelgm-Heat typically exhibit rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a tongue with yellow coating.

We've listed below a more detailed description of Wind-Cold invading the Interior with Phelgm-Heat so that you can have a better understanding of where bronchiolitis 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 Ding Chuan Tang, a formula that can help treat Wind-Cold invading the Interior with Phelgm-Heat.

Wind-Cold invading the Interior with Phelgm-Heat, a "pattern of disharmony" associated with bronchiolitis

Wind-Cold invading the Interior with Phelgm-Heat

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

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Recommended herbal formula: Ding Chuan Tang

Symptoms: Labored breathing Coughing and wheezing with copious thick and yellow sputum

Bronchiolitis might be due to Wind-Cold invading the Interior with Phelgm-Heat if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as labored breathing and coughing and wheezing with copious thick and yellow sputum. Similarly, patients with Wind-Cold invading the Interior with Phelgm-Heat typically exhibit rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a tongue with yellow coating.

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Ding Chuan Tang, a herbal formula that might help with bronchiolitis

Ding Chuan Tang

Source date: 1550 AD

Number of ingredients: 9 herbs

Key actions: Clears Lung Heat. Expectorant for asthma.

Why might Ding Chuan Tang help with bronchiolitis?

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

Read more about Ding Chuan Tang here

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