Anyone subject to asthmatic attacks is well aware of the critical feeling of imminent threat. Chinese Medicine has recognised and tended to the signs of wheezing and breathlessness for many centuries.

Chinese Medicine (CM) has well established frameworks for discriminating the different causes of wheezing and breathlessness, whether it is exterior Cold or Wind or pre-existing Phlegm or Lung deficiency. CM diagnosis pays attention to the specific symptoms and body signs that any one person presents. The full range of Chinese Medicine skills including acupuncture, acupressure and Chinese herbal medicine offer a reputable treatment option for the management of asthma.

Damian Carey, our Doctor of Chinese Medicine, has decades of experience treating patients with asthma.

Asthma in Adults: Level Two - Evidence of Potential Positive Effect Conditions with this level of evidence have moderate support of efficacy, but insufficient to make definitive conclusions. But please keep in mind that ‘insufficient evidence of efficacy’ is not the same thing as ‘evidence of lack of efficacy’!

Asthma in Children: Level Three - Weak or Unclear Evidence of Efficacy This level of evidence is applied to conditions that have not yet shown clear, consistent results. Keep in mind that any single study demonstrating a positive effect is insufficient; it is only after a series of consistent studies that science will draw a positive conclusion. And please also keep in mind that ‘lack of evidence of efficacy’ is not the same thing as ‘evidence of lack of efficacy’!

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