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Chinese Nutritional Therapies For The Different Types Of Asthma

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A condition involving a diffused inflammation of the upper respiratory tract, asthma can be initiated by a variety of stimuli, leading to reversible partial or total constriction of the bronchi. Signs and symptoms include wheezing, dyspepsia, coughing, and chest tightness. Asthma diagnosis is established based on the patient’s pulmonary function examinations, physical examination, and medical history. Treatment includes avoiding the triggering factors and drugs, usually with the use of inhaled corticosteroids and nasal β2-adrenergic receptor agonists.

Asthma affects between four to seven percent of the world population. In the US, over 20 million people suffer from it. Over 6 million American children have asthma making it one of the most common chronic childhood diseases in this country.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), asthma is caused by deficiencies of three major organs that are either inherited and/or due to a poor lifestyle that has a damaging effect on the kidneys, spleen, and lungs along with infiltration of outside pathogens. Asthma occurring at a very young age due to a family history of asthma can sometimes be exacerbated and triggered by weakness of the kidney organ.

In certain instances, children with asthma may suffer from a digestion system problem, upper respiratory infection, and a high susceptibility of ear infections. Along with asthma, these children are also likely to have lung and spleen deficiencies. The objective of Chinese nutritional therapy differs from patient to patient. For patients with a family history of asthma, treatment involves the strengthening of the kidney organs after asthma relief and a prioritization of vigorous preventative measures. Depending on the frequency and magnitude of asthma attacks, Chinese nutritional therapy, combined with herbal medicine and acupuncture in Cleveland, is one of the best treatment plans during the remission period.

In diagnostic patterns of TCM, asthma has four different patterns. They include a kidney deficiency type, spleen and lung qi deficiency type, hot type, and cold type.

Along with using a viable treatment plan, TCM practitioners should identify if the asthma is a hot or cold type for patients suffering from an asthma attack. Only after the identification of the type of asthma will a correct nutritional therapy be determined in order to promote the healing process.

A patient in remission should talk to a TCM practitioner to know what organ has a deficiency, and to treat the patient, the practitioner uses preventive therapies such as Chinese nutritional therapy among others.

The following is an outline of the different types of asthma and their corresponding nutritional therapies:

I. Asthma with Kidney Deficiency

Asthma sufferers with a deficient kidney qi are inclined to also suffer from inhalation difficulties (aside from shortness of breath) worsened by movement, a feeling of coldness, pale complexion, tinnitus, and weakness in the lower back and both knees. Some patients might experience sweating, anxiety with a warm sensation, and red cheeks.

Walnut Duck Soup:

Ingredients: One whole duck, cooking wine, salt, ginger, 150 grams water chestnut cut into tiny pieces, 200 grams walnut.

All ingredients are cooked together until the meat is well-done. Serve.

II. Asthma with Deficient Spleen and Lung Qi

The food recipes for these patterns of disharmony are designed to strengthen and harmonize the organs during the period of asthma remission. This Chinese nutritional food therapy can be used with or without the need for herbal remedies.

Eight Treasure Chicken:

Ingredients: 500 grams old hen chicken, 60 grams sweet rice (soaked in water until soft), 20 grams lotus seed (soaked in water until soft), 75 grams chicken pea (soaked in water until soft), 30 grams cox seed (soaked in water until soft), 20 grams Shitake mushroom (soaked in water until soft) then sliced into small pieces, ginger, spices, salt, and 30 grams of minced ham

All ingredients are placed in the stomach of the chicken. Stomach is sewed up. Chickened is steamed or boiled in water till fully cooked. Serve.

Walnut Duck:

Ingredients: One whole fresh duck, 120 grams walnuts, 120 grams honey, 120 grams white rock sugar, 120 grams white sugar.

All ingredients are placed into the stomach of the duck. Duck is boiled in water until entirely cooked. Serve. For one course of treatment two ducks can be consumed.

Walnut Apricot Soup (single serving)

Ingredients: Five grams walnut, 5 grams, apricot kernel, and 30 grams honey

Place all ingredients in a bowl and steam till the nuts are well-cooked. Take out the bowl from the steamer than add 20 drops of fresh ginger juice into the bowl. Eat first the nuts and then drink the soup.

Eat one bowl every other day.

White Fungus Mushroom Soup

Ingredients: white fungus mushroom soaked in warm water for half an hour then cut into small pieces, 60 grams rock sugar, egg white of one chicken egg.

First, cook sugar and mushroom in water together until the mushroom is soft, then, while the soup is boiling, filter the mushroom out. Add the white of the egg into the soup slowly, while you stir the soup. Serve.

III. Hot Type of Asthma

Symptoms of hot type asthma include a feeling of thirst, dry mouth, bitter taste in the mouth, reddish face, sweating, anxiety, dry thick yellow mucus difficult to expectorate, rasping breath, and wheezing.

When asthma attacks, people with hot type asthma should seek medical attention. Nutritional therapy along with other treatments can facilitate quicker healing and recovery.

Tofu Turnip Juice

Ingredients: 500 grams tofu (soft and fresh) sliced into small cuts, 500 grams of fresh turnip juice, 100 grams of light molasses.

Juice the fresh turnip is juiced, then added with molasses and tofu. The juice is boiled the served. Drink juice two times a day.

Green Tea Egg

Ingredients: fifteen grams green tea and 2 chicken eggs

The eggs and green tea leaves are cooked in water. When the eggs are done, their shells are removed and the eggs are placed back into the tea for cooking until the water has almost dried up. Eat the eggs.

Sang Ye Peanuts

Ingredients: 45 grams of fresh mulberry leaves, sang ye, 15 grams of raw peanuts without the shells, and 15 grams of white rock sugar.

Boil everything in water, until the peanuts are cooked. Only eat the peanuts.

Herbal tea

Ingredients: one teaspoon kuan down ye or kuan dong hua.

Boil in a cup of water for half an hour. Add honey for taste.

Cyathula Officinalis (Niu hsin cao) – Boil a cup of water with one teaspoon of this herb. Add honey and drink as tea.

I. Cold Type of Asthma

Signs and symptoms of cold type asthma include a sensation of fullness in the chest, a dusty face, an urge to drink but with no feeling of thirst, pus-like discharge without blood, watery or thin mucus, and shortness of breath.

Ginger Rice Soup:

Ingredients: Nine grams of Fresh ginger sliced into small bits, 6 pieces apricot kernel, and 50 grams sweet rice

Cook apricot kernels and sweet together in water at low temperature; soup is done when rice is very soft. Before serving add ginger to the soup. Eat during breakfast and dinner.

Green Onion Rice Soup:

Ingredients: Fifteen pieces fresh green onion all cut three centimeters long (only use white part of the onion), 50 grams spring rice, 10 grams black colored fermented soy bean, a pinch of salt.

To make soup, cook rice with water; the soup is done when the rice becomes very soft. Then add the salt, fermented soy beans, and green onion and cook for an additional 25 minutes. Serve during dinner.

Soothing Asthma Powder

Ingredients: 500 grams octopus bone (bone is washed and baked until dry, and then grounded into powder) and 1 kg organic brown sugar.

Mix the brown sugar and octopus powder together.

For adults take 20 gm with warm water, for two weeks thrice a day. For young children, take one half to one third the dosage of adults.

Written by Valerie

November 7th, 2017 at 4:49 pm