Bronchitis is a disease of the respiratory tract with cough as its main symptom. Acute bronchitis is caused by bacterial or viral infection or by irritation from protracted smoking. Chronic bronchitis is caused by frequent attacks of acute bronchitis or other diseases. TCM holds that bronchitis is classified into cough, cough with dyspnea, and phlegm retention, and is often caused by the pathogenic factors of wind-cold, wind-heat, or excess of phlegm-dampness.
Symptoms. Acute bronchitis is often manifested as cough due to exopathy. The onset is acute with symptoms of infection of the upper respiratory tract such as nasal obstruction, itching throat, and dry cough, accompanied by fear of cold, fever, headache, and general malaise. The cough is paroxysmal, with thin or thick phlegm, the tongue fur is white and thin, and the pulse floating and tense. If pathogenic wind-cold is transmitted into the interior of the body and causing heat syndrome, symptoms and signs such as yellow tongue fur, thick or purulent phlegm, a floating and rapid pulse, or a slippery and rapid pulse will occur.
Chronic bronchitis is usually manifested by cough due to internal injury. The cough is frequent and increases in the fall and winter or during climate changes. The cough will becomes severe early in the morning and at nightfall. The patient may have abundant phlegm and slippery and greasy tongue fur. A slippery pulse indicates excess of phlegm-dampness manifested as abundant expectoration, purulent phlegm, and phlegm with blood. A thin and rapid pulse indicates injury of the collateral branches of the Lung Channel by heat. If attacks of chronic bronchitis are too frequent and the disease lingers, pulmonary emphysema will develop.
1. Self-Treatment with Qigong Exercise. If the patient is suffering from deficiency syndrome, practice Taking White Qi of the Lung Regulation Exercise. Practice Rubbing the Chest and "Si" of the Lung Regulation Exercise if the patient is suffering from excess syndrome. Both types of patients should practice "Regulating the Lung and Guiding Qi from the Lung Regulation Exercise as well as Chest-Hypochondrium Exercise.
Patients suffering from acute bronchitis, with the symptoms of an exterior syndrome such as headache and aversion to cold, may practice Nose and Teeth Exercise and Head and Face Exercise.
Those with deficiency of the spleen and lung Qi, may practice Taking Yellow Qi included in the Spleen Regulation Exercise. Those with deficiency of kidney Qi may practice Taking Black Qi included in the Kidney Regulation Exercise. All of the above patients may practice Health Promotion Exercise.
2. Treatment with Outgoing Qi. With the patient sitting, press and knead the points Tanzhong (Ren 17) and Feishu (U.B.13). If the patient is affected by external pathogenic factors (such as wind and cold), the points, Kangong, Taiyang (Extra 2), and Fengmen (U.B. 12) should be massaged. Using Flat Palm gesture and pushing-pulling-quivering manipulations, emit Qi towards the points Tanzhong (Ren 17) and Feishu (U.B.13) for a period of 6 or 12 normal respirations. Next, guide the channel Qi to flow along the Lung Channel. Emit Qi with vibrating manipulation towards the point Zhongwan (Ren 12) for a period of 14 normal respirations. Then, with Flat Palm gesture and pushing-leading manipulation, guide Qi to flow downward along the Stomach Channel. For patients with deficiency of lung or spleen Qi, emit Qi with Flat Palm gesture and pushing-pulling manipulation, towards the points Zhongwan (Ren 12) and (¿thai (Ren 6) for a period of 8 normal respirations, and then guide Qi to flow along the Ren Channel to its origin.
If the patient has deficiency of kidney Qi, Flat Palm gesture and pushing-pulling-leading manipulations are used to emit Qi towards the Dantian and Mingmen (Du 4) for a period of 8 normal respirations.
If the patient has wind-cold syndrome due to exuberant exopathy, Flat Palm gesture and pulling-leading manipulations are applied to emit Qi towards the point Tanzhong (Ren 17) and to guide Qi to flow along the Lung Channel and out of the body through the fingertips.
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