The information provided here is not a replacement for a doctor. You shouldn't use it for the purpose of self-diagnosing or self-medicating but rather so you can have a more informed discussion with a professional TCM practitioner.
Chinese name: 肺气虚
Pinyin name: Fèi Qì Xū
The Lungs govern Qi and respiration. Therefore there will be shortness of breath in case of Lung Qi Deficiency. However the condition is not severe as it is mostly on exertion and not full-blown symptoms of bronchitis or asthma. Symptoms like coughing can also appear if Lungs' Qi downwards directing function is impaired.
In case of Lung Qi Deficiency, Qi's protecting, dispersing and descending function can not be performed properly and thus patients feel tired, weak and experience spontaneous sweating.
Causes are various. One is when External Pernicious Influence such as Coldness stay long term in the Lungs and harm Qi there. Excessive use of antibiotics may block Cold in the Lungs further. Also, hereditary weakness from parents can be a reason behind this pattern. Finally, excessive leaning or stooping over desks or a diet rich in cold or raw food also have a big influence.
Please keep in mind that a Western Medicine condition can be caused by several Chinese Medicine patterns of disharmony and vice versa. As such a patient suffering from one of the conditions below will not necessarily be suffering from Lung Qi Deficiency, it is just one pattern that's commonly associated with the condition. Click on a condition to learn what other patterns it's associated with.
The Lungs is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Lungs in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Empty (Xu)
Tongue color: Pale
Diagnosing a pattern in Chinese Medicine is no easy feat and should be left to professional practitioners.
In particular one has to know how to differentiate between different types of pulses and tongue coatings, shapes and colors. Here patients with Lung Qi Deficiency will tend to exhibit empty (Xu) pulses as well as a pale tongue.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Lung Qi Deficiency might experience symptoms like shortness of breath, coughing, weak voice and spontaneous sweating (full list here above).
Source date: 1107 AD
Number of ingredients: 4 herbs
Key actions: Tonifies Qi. Strengthens the Spleen and Stomach.
Si Jun Zi Tang is a 4-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Ginseng (Ren Shen) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1107 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that tonify Qi.
Source date: 1326 AD
Number of ingredients: 10 herbs
Key actions: Tonifies and augments Qi. Tonifies and augments Blood.
Ba Zhen Tang is a 10-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Ginseng (Ren Shen) and Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1326 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that tonify Qi and Blood.
It is recommended to eat only cooked foods and not iced drinks. Eat sufficient protein at each meal, black bean, soup with ginseng, garlic and onions, cooked vegetables and greens and plenty of grains, especially rice. Avoid cold or raw foods as well as drinks, salads, fruit, juices, alcohol and caffeine.