Bronchitis Chronic Bronchitis

Chronic lung function impairment; recurrent bronchitis/chronic bronchitis

Lung qi vacuity

Chronic bronchitis with phlegm production (and phlegm retention in lung)

Lung qi or spleen qi vacuity

Chronic bronchitis with constitutional lung function impairment

Lung yin and kidney yin vacuity

According to TCM:

Cough "ke sou" and phlegm "tan yin" are caused by chronic vacuity of lung, spleen, and kidney. Treatment should primarily consist of acupuncture and herbal therapy, accompanied by dietary measures. Over a longer period (weeks to months), nutritional therapy can noticeably strengthen organ function and reduce formation of phlegm.

f1 Chronic bronchitis is primarily a mixed syndrome of the above-mentioned primary syndromes. Treatment should target the primary syndrome. Treatment principles for nutritional therapy are supplementing the spleen for phlegm reduction and supplementing the lung and kidney to make up for chronic vacuity.

■ Chronic Lung Function Impairment; Recurrent Bronchitis/Chronic Bronchitis Lung Qi Vacuity

Symptoms

Weak cough; thin, clear sputum; spontaneous perspiration, fatigue, susceptibility to infection. Tongue: Pale Pulse: Weak

Causes

Protracted and persistent cough weakens lung qi; constitutional weakness; general exhaustion (especially in old age).

Therapy

Therapy

Raw, cool, and cold foods, and bitter flavor.

Recommended:

Thermal nature

Neutral and warm

Organ network

Lung, spleen

Flavor

Slightly acrid, slightly sweet

Preparation methods

Boiled, steamed, fried

Meat

Duck

Fish

Carp

Fruit

Grapes

Vegetables

Cauliflower, carrots, onions

Grains

Oats, short-grain (glutinous) rice

Spices

Aniseed, ginger, garlic, rosemary, thyme

Nuts and seeds

Chestnuts, almonds, black sesame, sunflower seeds, walnuts

Other

Alcoholic beverages

Congee (see p. 117) with rice, onion, and ginger

■ Chronic Bronchitis with Phlegm Production (and Phlegm Retention in Lung)

Spleen Qi Vacuity and Lung Qi Vacuity Symptoms

Cough with excessive white sputum, sensation of fullness in chest, fatigue, lack of appetite, soft stools.

Tongue: Whitish, slimy fur Pulse: Slippery

Causes

Protracted or constitutional damage to lung qi, chronic spleen qi vacuity caused by inappropriate diet and overwork.

Therapy

Transform phlegm Supplement spleen Supplement lung

  • LU-9 • BL-13 • ST-40 • CV-12 iP • PC-6 • SP-3 • BL-20
  • Avoid:

Raw, cold, and cool foods; dairy products, excess sweets, excess meat.

Thermal nature

Neutral and warm

Organ network

Spleen, heart, lung

Flavor

Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, slightly acrid

Preparation methods

Boiled, fried, steamed

Transform phlegm:

Fruit

Pears, cherries, apples

Vegetables

Leeks, radish

Grains

Millet

Spices

Ginger, garlic

Supplement spleen:

Meat

Poultry, beef

Vegetables

Fennel, carrots

Grains

Oats, millet, rice

Spices

Aniseed, basil, ginger, coriander, thyme

Millet or rice dishes with acrid seasonings

Recommended:

  • see "Lung Qi Vacuity," p. 79)
  • Chronic Bronchitis, Constitutional Lung Disorder

Lung Yin Vacuity and Kidney Yin Vacuity

Symptoms

Dry cough, dry throat, chronic shortness of breath, weakness in knee and back, hot hands and feet, subfebrile temperatures in the afternoon. Tongue: Red, dry, possibly no fur Pulse: Thin

Causes

Protracted smoldering illness, chronic exhaustion, physiological process of aging.

Therapy

Recommended:

Warm and hot foods, excess bitter and acrid flavor.

Recommended:

Thermal nature

Neutral and cool

Organ network

Lung, spleen, kidney

Flavor

Sweet, slightly salty

Preparation methods

Raw, steamed, boiled

Supplementing lung yin:

Meat

Duck, pork

Fruit

Pears, tangerines, apricots, figs

Vegetables

Eggplant, button or crimini/portobella mushrooms, carrots, water chestnuts

Spices

Honey

Nuts and seeds

Peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, pine nuts

Dairy products

Butter, yogurt, farmer's cheese, cottage cheese, cow's milk

Soy products

Soy milk

Supplementing kidney yin:

Meat

Duck, pork

Fish

Oysters, perch, octopus

Fruit

Cherries, grapes

Vegetables

Carrots

Grains

Wheat, corn

Nuts and seeds

Black sesame, walnuts

Other

Sheep's milk and goat's milk products

For dry cough:

Milk with honey, almond milk

Restorative soup with carrots and pork

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