Asthma belongs to the category of "xiao zheng"(wheezing syndrome) in TCM. Its pathogenic factors include endopathic and exopathic aspects. The former refers to congenital defect, kidney qi deficiency and weak constitution, or allergic constitution, or the lung obstructed by long-retained phlegm. The latter is related to invasion by exogenous pathogenic factors, improper diet, emotional disturbance, over strain, etc. Phlegm, as the principal pathogenic factor, accumulates in the lung and becomes an "obstinate root" of Asthma. Because of this, an acute attack of Asthma may be induced by sudden change of climate, aspiration of allergen, improper diet, emotional disorder or over strain.
We always have parents question if TCM acupuncture or herbal medicine can help their child with Asthma. The answer is " Definitely, acupuncture and herbal medicine can reduce Asthma attacks and wheezing and also treat it from the root. But diet is crucial when it comes to treat Asthma. Nothing will work without changing the eating habits of the patient! FOOD IS ALSO MEDICINE in TCM theory.
It is not easy by any mean for children and the parents in the journey with the Diet (except for a few fruits like apples and avocados), no cold drinks, no juice box, no pop! But NO PAIN NO GAIN! If after 3 or 6 or 12 months, No more puffer,no more steroids, no more hospital visits! Will it be great for the child? OF COURSE!
Asthma affects 1 in 6 children in North America, 50% of them have some allergies to animal dander, pollen and dust. And millions of children miss school daily because of asthma attacks.
In Chinese Medicine, childhood Asthma is often a combination of Lung, Spleen & Kidney Qi deficiency. Boosting the defensive (Wei) Qi of the Lung, and the source (Yuan) Qi of the Kidney systems, as well as nourishing the Zhong (Middle) Qi of the Spleen & Stomach with a healthy diet also with the herbal medicine from our mother nature, will result in a great outcome.
ON top of a deficiency, there are 3 types of asthma: Cold, Heat and or Damp. No matter what, dairy and sugar should be avoided completely.
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