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One function of astragalus is to build a strong defence system against viral or allergic invaders. Allergic asthma has become an epidemic in Westernized countries, showing dramatic increases over the last few decades.
In Ontario, according to a 2010 study published in the. American Journal of Epidemiology, asthma incidence increased by over 2005. The study called for more effective strategies to deal with this great public health problem.
Another development in the understanding of allergic asthma has been the realization that in addition to the classic symptoms of wheezing and breathlessness, night time coughing may be the main presenting symptom, especially in children. This is now identified as cough-variant asthma.
It may, in fact, occur without any wheezing, causing many children to remain undiagnosed while they suffer with repeated colds that trigger night time coughing, typically between.m and.m. These colds, in fact, are more likely to be allergic responses, as asthmatic children also tend to have multiple environmental allergies.
Whatever the trigger, asthmatic patients have chronic inflammation of their airways, which makes them hyper-responsive to any stimulus, be it viral, allergic, climactic or emotional. Traditional Chinese Medicine has treated asthma successfully for a long time, orleans and contemporary TCM herbalists have further honed their approach based on modern understandings and discoveries about immunology and allergy. This means that in addition to continuing to treat each patient based on their particular presentation, we often also include herbs that have been validated by biochemical ysis to have a normalizing effect on the allergic response, such as Sophora flavescentis, reishi mushroom, mume plum.
In fact, a 2005 study published in the. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology caused quite a stir when it showed that a combination of Reishi mushroom, Sophora root, and Licorice root can achieve the same control over asthma symptoms as inhaled corticosteroids the cornerstone of conventional treatment. But in actual TCM clinical practice, we do not aim only for symptom control of the asthma, but rather for its long term elimination.
This is very center achievable with a two pronged approach: 1) Control symptoms with herbal bronchodilators and anti-inflammatories, and 2) Strengthen the lung and calm the immune response with tonics and anti-allergic, immune modulating herbs.
It is this second phase of treatment that makes TCM treatment priceless, because Western medicine simply has not developed drugs that are able to accomplish this, leaving patients forever dependent on inhalers. Lets see how the treatment works in practice. Initial phase, this phase needs to address active disease, presenting with regular episodes of wheezing, chest tightness, or coughing.