Asthma Treatment


What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways leading to your lungs.  When the lining of these airways gets inflamed and the surrounding muscles tighten, your airways can start to fill up with mucus.  This causes breathing difficulties.  In this article we will discuss the symptoms and types of asthma and how Chinese Medicine can help you treat it.


Asthma Symptoms:

You may experience different symptoms depending on what type of asthma you have.  Common asthma symptoms include:

  • Wheezing
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing when exercising, laughing, or at night
  • Anxiousness or panic

You may find that your symptoms are fairly constant throughout the day, while others may find that certain activities can make their symptoms worse.  If your symptoms suddenly intensify you may be having an asthma flare-up.  Asthma flare-ups can usually be treated with remedies like inhalers, but in severe cases medical attention may be required.  In an asthma emergency you may observe symptoms like:

  • Severe breathing difficulties
  • Pale or blue lips or fingernails
  • Gasping for breath
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness

Seek urgent medical attention immediately if you witness an asthma emergency.  In New Zealand call 111 for an ambulance, or go to the nearest emergency clinic.

Types of Asthma:

To check if you have asthma, your doctor may use a stethoscope to listen to your breathing. They may also measure the speed of air as you blow into a measuring device. 

Your doctor should be able to tell what type of asthma you have.  The most common type of asthma is allergic asthma which is triggered by things like dust, mould, pet dander or pollen.  Other types of asthma include non-allergic asthma, occupational asthma, aspirin-induced asthma, and cough variant asthma.  Out of these asthma types, aspirin-induced asthma is usually more severe. This type of asthma is caused by medications like aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

How Can Chinese Medicine Help?


If you have asthma, you may be looking for an effective but natural treatment.  Chinese Medicine is a great way to treat asthma, as it encourages your body to heal itself.  In Chinese Medicine, all the organs in your body are seen as interconnected.  This means that if one organ is weak, you may experience symptoms in other parts of your body.

For example, the lungs are responsible for maintaining your breathing processes.  If you have weak lungs, you may experience health conditions like asthma.  In order for your body to fully heal, organs such as your lungs must be strengthened.  When all the organs in your body are healthily functioning, your body can heal conditions like asthma.

To find a treatment plan that’s right for you, your Chinese Medicine practitioner will analyse the underlying cause of your condition.  This can be done by checking your symptoms and pulse.  Then your practitioner can prescribe a treatment plan based on your individual needs.  This could include treatments like acupuncture and Chinese herbs. To find out more about how Traditional Chinese Medicine works, click here.


Asthma is a condition that occurs due to inflammation of the airways to your lungs.  If you have asthma you may experience symptoms like wheezing, chest pain, and difficulty breathing.  Chinese Medicine can help you treat asthma in a natural, holistic way, by healing underlying problems in your body.

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