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Asthma is a chronic disease that affects airways, and makes them inflamed (swollen). Inflammation makes the airways sensitive and reacting strongly to allergens or irritants. When airways react they get narrower and less air can flow through to Lungs. This causes symptoms like wheezing, cough, chest tightness and trouble breathing.
Asthma can't be cured but controlled so that patient can have an active life. Asthma is one of the leading causes of children
missing school. In an asthma attack, muscles around the airways tighten up, making the airways openings narrower so less air can flow through.
Inflammation increase and the airways become more swollen and narrow. Cells in the airways also make more mucus than usual. This extra mucus also narrows the airways. These  changes cause symptoms of asthma attack, the airways can close so much that not enough oxygen gets to vital organs. This is a medical emergency, that can cause death. 
 
Asthma causes:
Allergens
Animal dander (from skin, hair or feathers)
Dust mites (contained in house dust)
Cockroaches
Pollen (trees & grass)
Mold (indoor/outdoor)
Irritants
Cigarette smoke, Air pollution, Cold air or weather changes, Strong odors form painting or cooking, Scented products
Strong emotional expression (crying, laughing hard)
Stress
Others
Medication such as aspirin or beta-blockers
Sulfites in food (dried fruits) or beverages (wine)
Gastroesophageal reflux that causes heartburn, esp. nights
Special chemicals or dusts
Infections
 
Asthma symptoms:
1- Cough, worse at nights or early morning
2- Wheezing
3- Chest tightness
4- Breath shortness
5- Faster or noisy breathing
 
People with asthma may have:
1- Wheezing when catch cold or other illnesses
2- Frequent coughing, esp. at nights (sign of asthma in children)
3- Asthmatic attack with exercises; running, biking, brisk activities esp. during cold weather
4- Coughing or wheezing brought by prolonged crying or laughing
5- Coughing or wheezing when near allergens or irritants
 
Asthma diagnosis:
For diagnosis the following will be considered:
1- Periods of cough, wheezing, breath shortness, chest tightness that come suddenly, or during certain times or seasons
2- Colds that seem to go to chest or take more than 10 days to get over
3- Medicines you may have used to help breathing
4- Family history of asthma & allergies
5- What things seem to cause asthma symptoms or make them worse Doctor will listen to patient's breathing and looks for signs of asthma and allergies.
 
TCM view of Asthma, Bronchitis, COPD:

According to Western medicine, bronchitis is a disease of the lungs effecting the bronchial tubes or airways. Acute bronchitis starts suddenly and lasts only a week or two. This kind if bronchitis is usually brought on by a viral respiratory infection which may also effect the nose or sinuses. Occasionally acute bronchitis is associated with a bacterial infection and treated with antibiotics.

Chinese medicine views acute bronchitis as a pathogenic invasion of either wind-cold or wind heat. This is much the same as the chinese medical view if any respiratory infection. Distinctions are made between wind-heat and wind-cold based on the type of symptoms and their severity.

Chronic bronchitis is a long-term condition, usually involving a productive cough (cough with phlegm) that lasts for more than 3 months. In Western medicine, chronic bronchitis is sometimes regarded as a type of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

 Chinese medicine regards chronic bronchitis as a lung deficiency which may or may not have started as a viral attack, but which results in depleted lung energy (qi). It is usually accompanied by phlegm. The origin of the phlegm is usually the digestive system (spleen) which results in the accumulation of water effecting the lungs.

From a TCM standpoint, asthma, called Chuan Xiao, is seen therapeutically in a similar manner to other respiratory ailments. That is, as a result of pernicious external pathogenic processes invading the lungs and effecting the Lung, Kidney and Spleen. Contributing factors include diet, chronic respiratory infections, improper care after illness, climactic change, emotional turbulence, and overstrain or “stress,” all of which leads to the retention of endogenous phlegm. Phlegm and Qi then ascend inappropriately to the throat resulting in the symptoms we call asthma. Chronic or recurrent asthma may result in simultaneous asthenia (deficiency of healthy Qi) of the Lung, Spleen and Kidney and could progress further to involve the Heart, resulting in critical conditions.

How do Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine help?

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can both improve the flow of Qi, eliminate phlegm accumulation, and improve the Lungs function. In all of the above diseases the root cause is Lung deficiency. With the accumulation of phlegm due to Lung and Spleen deficiency, the disease can go to the chronic phase.