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Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Asthma

Acupuncture Treatment:

From An Outline of Chinese Acupuncture (1):

Dingchuan, BL-13, CV-22, CV-17.

From Essentials of Chinese Acupuncture (2):

  1. Excess type:
    • wind-cold: BL-13, LU-7, LI-4
    • phlegm-heat: Dingchuan, CV-22, LU-5, ST-40

  2. Deficiency type:
    • lung deficiency: BL-13, LU-9, ST-36
    • kidney deficiency: BL-23, CV-17, GV-4, CV-6.

From Acupuncture: A Comprehensive Text (3):

Dingchuan, CV-17, CV-21, CV-22; supplementary points: ST-40 (for much phlegm); GV-14 and LI-4 (for respiratory infection); CV-4 and ST-36 (for chronic asthma).

From Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion (4):

  1. For wind-cold type: BL-13, BL-12, CV-14, LU-7, LI-4
  2. For phlegm-heat type: BL-13, Dingchuan, CV-22, LU-5, ST-40
  3. Lung deficiency type: BL-13, LU-9, ST-36, SP-3
  4. Kidney deficiency type: BL-13, BL-23, CV-17, CV-6, KI-3

From: Clinical Manual of Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture (5):

  1. For retention of cold fluids in the lung: BL-13, BL-12, LU-5, LU-7, CV-17, ST-40
  2. For retention of phlegm heat in the lung: LU-5, LU-7, CV-17, CV-22, GV-14, LI-4, ST-40.
  3. For deficiency syndrome: dingchuan, BL-13, BL-43, LU-9, ST-36.

From: Advanced Textbook of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology (6):

  1. For excess syndrome:
    • wind-cold: Dingchuan, BL-13, BL-12, LU-5
    • phlegm-damp: LI-4, ST-40
    • asthma/dyspnea only: CV-22, PC-6.
  2. For deficiency syndrome
    • BL-13, BL-43, BL-23, BL-20, ST-36, KI-6.

From: Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion (4):

  1. For exogenous affection: BL-13, LU-7, LI-4
  2. For endogenous affection:
    • damp invading the lung: BL-13, LU-9, LV-13, SP-3, ST-40
    • liver burning the lung: BL-13, LU-5, GB-34, LV-3.

From: Modern Clinical Necessities for Acupuncture and Moxibustion (7):

Main points: BL-13, Dingchuan, GV-14, LU-7, LU-10. Secondary points: BL-12, CV-17, and PC-6.

From English-Chinese Encyclopedia of Practical Traditional Chinese Medicine (8)

  1. Dormant cold in the lung: Dingchuan, BL-13, BL-112, LU-7, ST-9
  2. Phlegm-heat retention in the lung: GV-14, LU-5, LU-6, CV-17, ST-40, LI-4
  3. Asthma in remission stage: BL-13, BL-43, LU-9, ST-36, SP-3
  4. Deficiency of the lung and kidney: BL-13, BL-23, CV-17, CV-4, KI-3.

From: Handbook for Treatment of Acute Syndromes (9):

  1. Acupuncture: Dingchuan, GV-14, CV-22, PC-6, LU-10, ST-9.
  2. Moxibustion: GV-14, BL-13, BL-23, CV-17, CV-4, CV-6, ST-36.

Herbal Treatment:

An oral combination of three Chinese herbal extracts: Ling-Zhi (Ganoderma lucidum), Ku-Shen (Radix Sophora flavescentis) and Gan-Cao (Radix Glycyrrhiza uralensis) could be as effective as conventional medicines at alleviating asthma symptoms but without such severe side effects, report Chinese and American researchers. Full details of this research article available here.

Western Treatment

The current Western Scientific Method Treatment for Asthma includes prevenative medications, relievers and symptom controllers.


  1. Chinese Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, An Outline of Chinese Acupuncture, 1975 Foreign Languages Press, Beijing.
  2. Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, et al., Essentials of Chinese Acupuncture, 1980 Foreign Languages Press, Beijing.
  3. O'Connor J and Bensky D (translators), Acupuncture: A Comprehensive Text, 1981, Eastland Press, Seattle, WA.
  4. Cheng Xinnong (chief editor), Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion, 1987 Foreign Languages Press, Beijing.
  5. Zhou Zhongying and Jin Huide, Clinical Manual of Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture, 1997 Churchill-Livingstone, London.
  6. Ming Shunpei and Yang Shunyi, Advanced Textbook of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology, volume IV, 1997 New World Press, Beijing.
  7. Zhang Ren and Dong Zhilin, Modern Clinic Necessities for Acupuncture and Moxibustion, 1990 China Ocean Press, Beijing.
  8. Xu Xiangcai (chief editor), English-Chinese Encyclopedia of Practical Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1989 Higher Education Press, Beijing.
  9. Zhu Mingqing, A Handbook for Treatment of Acute Acupuncture Syndromes Using Acupuncture and Moxibustion, 1992 Eight Dragons Publishing, Hong Kong.

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