Chinese Medicine Treatment for Bronchitis

From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, bronchitis is a disruptive invasion into the body by external pathogens. In TCM theory, there are six external forces invade the human body to cause diseases. They are called the six external pathogens, namely wind, heat, dampness, fire, dryness and cold. Bronchitis is often caused by wind cold and wind heat.

TCM practitioners often offer acupuncture treatment combined with herbal formula to treat bronchitis. After identifying the cause of bronchitis, an herbal formula will be prescribed based on your condition and constitution, along with a personalized acupuncture treatment plan.

Chinese Herbs for Bronchitis

1) For wind cold type of bronchitis, it mostly occurs during winter or in a cold environment. Main symptoms include dry cough and white phlegm. Ma Huang Tang, an herbal formula is often prescribed to treat wind cold type of bronchitis. It is commonly used in China for treatment of asthma, bronchitis and upper respiratory tract infection. It contains herbs include Ma Huang, Gui Zhi, Xing Ren and Gan Cao. Gui Zhi Tang can also be used to treat wind cold type of bronchitis and asthma. It contains herbs include Gui Zhi, Shao Yao, Gan Cao, Sheng Jiang and Da Zao.

2) For wind heat type of bronchitis, it mostly occurs during spring and summer or in a hot environment. Main symptoms include chesty cough and thick yellow phlegm. Sang Ju Wan, an herbal formula can be prescribed. It has been traditionally used to clear wind and heat in the lungs. It contains herbs include Sang Ye, Ju Hua, Bo He, Ku Xing Ren, Jie Geng and more. Other Chinese herbs that are considered beneficial for bronchitis include Ru Xiang, Mo Yao, Bai Jie, Ku Shen, Ling Zi and Xi Xin.

Acupuncture Treatment for Bronchitis

Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic bronchitis. According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture has shown therapeutic effect on bronchial asthma, but for which further proof is needed (1).

Acupuncture points for asthma and bronchitis are very similar. TCM practitioners believe that acupuncture treatment combined with Chinese herbal formula can shorten the duration of symptoms. Also, many studies suggest that acupuncture can increase immunoglobulin production and stabilizes overall health for elders with chronic bronchitis (2).

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