Dr. Qineng Tan, L.Ac., Ph.D., O.M.D (China)
August 8, 1995, China’s most popular singing star Den Lijun passed away
in Thailand. She was only 42 years old at the time. It shocked everybody
in China. How could such a beautiful and healthy looking star pass away
so suddenly? Even more surprising was the cause - asthma!
In the United States, asthma is the most
common chronic condition among children. It affects more than one child
in twenty. An estimated 20 million Americans suffer from asthma. Every
day, 5000 patients visit the emergency room and 14 people die due to
complications of asthma in the United States.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease in which
the walls of the airways, the bronchial tubes, become inflamed. The
swelling of the bronchial tubes and/or the excessive mucus secreted from
the walls cause the tubes to narrow, which partially blocks the airway.
Allergies, chronic bronchiole infection and hyperirritability of the
airway tubes are the most common causes of asthma.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has
been treating asthma for thousands of years. In 1979, the World Health
Organization listed forty diseases that can benefit from acupuncture.
Respiratory tract diseases, including asthma and bronchitis, were
included on that list. There are many studies relating to the success of
acupuncture and Chinese herbs for the treatment of asthma in last twenty
years. For example, in 1993, the Department of Anesthesia and Intensive
Care at the University Hospital of Vienna, Austria, reported a study
that concluded that after ten weeks of acupuncture treatment, over 70%
of long-standing asthma patients achieved significant improvement.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs may help:
- improve and balance the immune
- reduce allergic reaction
- reduce bronchial inflammation
- adjust the sympathetic and
parasympathetic nervous system in order to expand the walls of the
- reduce and withdraw mucus and phlegm
- increase the capacity of the
In most of the cases, acupuncture and
Chinese herbs are very effective. After a series of treatments,
asthmatic symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and
shortness of breath are reduced. The frequency of an asthmatic episode
can also be minimized. In fact, many people can usually resume an active
The symptoms of asthma can vary. Some
people may have only slight chest tightness or coughing and wheezing,
while some may have even more serious symptoms such as, shortness of
breath and other breathing difficulties. It can be life threatening
during a serious attack! The airways can become so constricted that not
enough oxygen can get to your vital organs. Therefore, you should always
keep a quick-relief inhaler with you at all times, even if your symptoms
are under control. Please remember that asthma is about long-term
management. Get check ups and treatments regularly. Contact your
acupuncturist about an asthma treatment plan. You should always try to
keep your environment under control. Prevent asthmatic triggers, such as
household dust mites, pets, smoke, mold, pollens and high humidity.
Prevent and treat common colds and respiratory viral infections in their
early stages. Also, watch your diet and try to avoid dairy and sugar. It
is also wise to manage your stress levels. Take action now. You could
control asthma. Do not let asthma control you.