This is a disease where a person is easily irritated and/or has oversensitivity to a point where paroxysmal breathing is a major character. Symptoms can flare anytime during the four seasons but it is especially apparent during the changing of the seasons and if there is an environmental change/shift in the air. The reactions can be attributed but not limited to : house dust, mite's fecal matter, fungal spores and dogs and cats.
The most allergenic substances are protein from skin, urine, paint, petrol fumes, perfumes which you can breath in. There are also fish, crab and other kinds of proteins that can cause bronchial spasms.
Sometimes, diseases (i.e. paranasal sinusitis, appendicitis or parasitism) could trigger new allergies to develop. Note that asthma could be triggered by emotional states.
From the Chinese Theory of Medicine, 'Xiao' and 'Chuan' are two separate symptoms. Breathlessness is a 'Chuan', the thing the that has sound in larynx is 'Kiao'. Developing the illness involves three organs, the Lung, Spleen and Kidney.
Mostly wind-cold enters the Lungs and creates phlegm-dampness which in turn causes the blockage leading to dispersing to become dysfunctional. Lung Qi has roots in the Kidney and if Asthma persists for a long time, Kidney Qi becomes weak and it cannot receive the Qi from the Lung.
At the onset, it mostly happens at night and is accompanied by sudden chest tightness, breathlessness and/or difficulty breathing. In severe cases, shortness of breath leads to longer exhalation and there are irregular breathing sounds upon auscultation. Oxygen deprivation could occur in urgent situations.
In the early/initial stage, the symptoms are dry coughing with sticky phlegm and later on slightly less adhesive phlegm will come loose from the coughing. The initial stage could be anywhere between a few minutes to a few days and the initial stage of symptoms may continue. The pulse could be whirly-slippery or fine-rapid and the tongue is white-slippery. Repeated exposure to the disease and/or long duration of the disease could cause Pulmonary Emphysema and later on also cause Heart Disease from 'primary of lung'.
From Chinese view point of theory, there is broad sense and narrow. The Broad sense includes the disease of Heart and Lung. In Narrow sense, Bronchial Asthma. If Bronchial Asthma occurs repeatedly, the course of the disease becomes Chronic. Frequent onset of Bronchial Asthma causes the Bronchial or Bronchus to weaken and respiratory tract infection becomes easier to start. If Bronchitis exists at the same time, Asthma and Respiratory Inflammation needs to be treated at the same time. If the onset of Asthma is continued for extended periods of time, Herbal medicine is needed in addition to acupuncture.
Types of healing treatments
Acupuncture, Auricula, Seven Star Needles, Moxa, Cupping or Paste