Asthma is a long-term disease of lungs also called chronic respiratory disease. The asthma patients feel difficulty in breathing because their airways get narrow and swell and extra mucus is produced that makes it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs.
Symptoms of Asthma are coughing, Trouble sleeping, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and wheezing that are caused by reversible bronchoconstriction. Usually, these symptoms can be controlled with treatment. Asthma is more common in males than in females.
A new study by the School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) finds a new Chinese medicine formula that is effective against Asthma. An assistant professor of Practice in the Clinical Division of SCM at HKBU, Dr. Peng Bo tells that this Chinese medicine has the potential to relieve and eliminate the symptoms of Asthma.
In this study, 90 percent of Asthma patients were given the new Chinese medicine formula for six weeks. In more than 50 percent of participants’ asthma symptoms were eliminated and 35 percent of participants’ asthma symptoms were relieved. About seventy thousand patients of asthma are found in Hong Kong.
Asthma is divided into two types, ‘heat type’ and ‘cold type’. In cold type, the asthma patients have sticky and white septum while in heat type, they have thick and yellow septum. In cold type, attacks are triggered by cold and in heat type attacks are triggered by heat.
Asthma is caused by purulent sputum and inherited abnormalities. Some external factors that trigger asthma are diet, emotion, tiredness, and exogenous disease. In severe cases, asthma patients can’t even lie down while panting.
The fundamental causes of Asthma are pollution, cold air, chemical irritants like varnishes, paints or adhesives, cold air, tobacco smoke, and allergy to dust or pollen. For some peolpe excercise or medicines may also cause problem.
Researchers recommend patients that should consult their doctors if the medications do not ease symptoms. Because the intake of more medicines can create more problems and make asthma worse. Early treatment may prevent long-term damage to the lungs.
In 2014, the data released by the Census and Statistics Department show that there were 68000 asthma patients in Hong Kong and in 2018, the figures released by the Department of Health show that more than seven thousand patients of asthma have died in Hong Kong.
An Assistant Professor of Practice in the Clinical Division of SCM, Dr. Peng Bo analyzed the data of sixty asthma patients. Thirty of them were male patients and thirty were female patients. About 65 percent had moderate asthma and 35 percent had mild asthma.
The ingredients include in the chines medicine formula are deerhorn gelatin, prepared dried ginger, cinnamon, ephedra, and Rehmannia root.
With the help of this formula, asthma symptoms of 53 percent of patients were eliminated and symptoms of 32 percent of patients were relieved while the remaining patients showed no improvement.
During a half year after treatment, the sixty patients of asthma experienced less than one acute asthma attacks and the patients who use antibiotics or bronchodilators before the treatment did not need to use them again.
Dr. Peng tells that Chinese medicine increases body immunity to speed up the recovery process. And eliminates and relieve asthma symptoms.
Dr. Peng advises that asthma patients should have minimum contact with pollen, dust or cold air and their homes should be ventilated with suitable temperature and humidity. Also, spicy food and seafood should not be part of their diet.