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Cold, Flu, Bronchitis

On this page you can find a brief discussion about cold, flu, bronchitis 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.

According to Chinese medicine, cold, flu, and bronchitis are the result of one of the following imbalances:

  • Wind heat invasion
  • Wind cold invasion
  • Toxic heat
  • Toxic phlegm
  • Qi stagnation of lung, large intestine, san jiao, stomach, gallbladder, urinary bladder, du channels
  • Spleen qi deficiency

Treatment Protocol

In treating cold, flu, and bronchitis we use acupuncture and Chinese herbs to achieve these healing effects:

  • Open the affected channels and regulate qi flow.
  • Disperse qi stagnation in the affected channels.
  • Dispel wind.
  • Clear heat or dispel cold.
  • Clear toxicities and phlegm.
  • Strengthen spleen qi (to prevent recurrence).
  • Fortify kidney qi (for significant cough)

Adjunct modalities:

Cupping - effectively extracts wind from the channels and disperses energy congestion.

The course of treatment is 2-3 sessions per week until condition clears up completely. Patient should seek treatment immediately at the onset of symptoms - this is critically important to drive out the pathogens before they have a chance to advance deeper into the body. People who suffer from recurring attacks should get on our herbal support regimen to strengthen the energy system and prevent future occurrences - very effective!

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.