Asthma is a serious 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 system
• reduce allergic reaction
• reduce bronchial inflammation
• adjust the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system in order to expand the walls of the airways
• reduce and withdraw mucus and phlegm
• increase the capacity of the lungs
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 lifestyle.

Compiled by: Hao Chen ( Harry )