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Asthma, Sleep Apnea, COPD, Cough Chronic

On this page you can find a brief discussion about asthma, sleep apnea, COPD, chronic cough according to Chinese medicine principles, the possible causes of this condition in terms of Chinese medicine diagnosis, and the treatment protocol at our clinic.


Please keep in mind that Chinese medicine is very different in principles, concepts, language, and treatment methods from western medicine. The information here is intended for the lay people who have no knowledge about Chinese medicine, therefore this discussion must be limited in scope and depth. The purpose is to impart the relevant information and to help you gain a general understanding, from your standpoint as a potential patient of Chinese medicine, how Chinese medicine views and diagnoses this condition of interest and what you can expect from a treatment if you decide to become a patient of our clinic.


Below are brief explanations of some common terms and concepts in Chinese medicine diagnosis that you would come across in a reading. This also helps you to understand better the discussion on this page.


  • Qi - means energy. Qi is the universal energy that pervades within and without us everywhere in this realm of existence. Strictly speaking in our body, qi is the vital force that causes all movements, activities, functions, growth, development, control, check and balance, nourishment, protection, and transformation.
  • Yin - pertains to the material basis of our body.
  • Yang - pertains to the energetic, functional aspect of our body.
  • Damp - refers to moisture in the body. The mentioning of damp in a diagnosis usually refers to an excessive accumulation that consequently produces problems.
  • Heat, cold - temperature in our body. The mentioning of temperature in a diagnosis usually indicates an extreme level of imbalance.
  • Wind - exists naturally in our body. The mentioning of wind in a diagnosis indicates an imbalance has occurred which causes the activity of wind to become excessive or in severe cases out of control.
  • Meridian – another term for energy channel.

Chinese medicine diagnosis

According to Chinese medicine, asthma, sleep apnea, COPD, and chronic cough are due to primarily deficiency of qi and obstruction to qi flow, caused by a combination of the following imbalances.

  • Qi deficiency of lung, kidney, spleen, heart
  • Qi stagnation of lung, heart, liver, large intestine, chong, ren channels
  • Excess damp, phlegm obstruction
  • Yin deficiency of lung, kidney
  • Yang deficiency of spleen, kidney

Treatment Protocol

In treating asthma, sleep apnea, COPD, and chronic cough we use acupuncture and Chinese herbs to achieve these healing effects:

  • Open the energy system.
  • Regulate qi flow in lung, heart, liver, large intestine, chong and ren channels.
  • Disperse qi stagnation.
  • Strengthen lung, kidney, spleen, and heart qi.
  • Nourish yin of lung, kidney (for chronic cough)
  • Fortify spleen and kidney yang (for asthma).

The initial course of treatment comprises of six weekly sessions and followed by a maintenance program. Asthma will require a longer maintenance due to the deficient nature of the condition.

An in-depth assessment and individually tailored treatment recommendation are conducted in person as there may be pre/existing factors of one's health that influence the condition of interest.