Asthma is a chronic condition affecting the lungs and respiratory system. Asthma is not contagious, and although it appears to follow some genetic tendencies, is not wholly genetic either. Asthma is a complex disease characterized by bronchial hyper-responsiveness (BHR), inflammation, Mucus production and intermittent airway obstruction. A person with asthma may experience wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and cough particularly after exposure to an allergen, during exercise, when exposed to cold air, or at times of greater emotional. Beyond the traditional use of inhalers, there are many holistic options available for treatment.Asthma Symptoms
The main symptom of asthma is wheezing caused by obstruction and constriction of the airways. A cough, sometimes with clear sputum, may also be present. Typically the symptoms change from person to person, often with rapid onset, and associated with the individuals set of trigger stimuli. Once again, these triggers often being:
In severe cases, symptoms can be worse during the night or upon waking. Asthma sometimes occurs with acid indigestion, especially amongst older patients. Signs of asthma are wheezing, rapid breathing, expiratory phase of breathing longer than inspiratory, in-drawing of tissues between ribs and above sternum & clavicles, over-inflation of the chest and rhonchi (wheezy noises heard with a stethoscope). In severe attacks the asthma sufferer may become blue in color (associated with a lack of oxygen), may have chest pain and can lose consciousness. Between attacks a person with asthma may show no signs at all.
Asthma symptoms - an alternative view
Chinese Medicine breaks down asthma into two main categories with several sub categories. We fill first look at symptoms associated with an acute onset attack. This being category one. Next we will look at the symptoms associated with non-acute, chronic body types associated with asthmatic tendencies.
Acute asthma attack symptoms according to Traditional Chinese Medicine:
Attack of Wind Cold (without sweating)
Attack of Wind Cold (with sweating)
Attack of Wind Heat
Chronic asthma symptoms according to Traditional Chinese Medicine:
Non-Acute "Lung Qi Deficiency"
"Lung Qi" and "Lung Yin Deficiency"
"Lung Qi" and "Kidney Yang Deficiency"
"Lung Qi" and "Kidney Yang Deficiency" II
"Lung-Yin" and "stomach Yin" deficiency with dryness and some Empty-Heat
"Lung-Yin" deficiency, no dryness and no "empty-heat."
Lung and Kidney "Yin" deficiency
Liver Qi stagnation insulting the lungs
Liver Fire insulting the lungs
Liver Yin Deficiency
Disclaimer: Information shared in this section is indicative. Please do not make any conclusion and we strongly recommend you to consult with your Doctor. Symptoms may vary with individual, geography, climate and lifestyle