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Bronchitis

Western Diagnosis

Bronchitis is the inflammation or obstruction of the breathing tubes (bronchi) that lead to the lungs. The inflammation results in an accumulation of mucus, coughing, sore throat, difficulty breathing, pain in the chest and/or back, and fever or chills.

Bronchitis can be either acute or chronic. Acute bronchitis is usually caused by an infection following a cold or the flu. The majority of people who develop bronchitis will recover within a matter of weeks, however in some, the condition may lead to pneumonia.

Chronic bronchitis is the result of frequent irritation of the lungs (for example: from cigarette smoke or other toxic fumes), or from allergies. Chronic bronchitis decreases the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the lungs which makes the heart work harder. Over time, the increased stress on the heart can lead to pulmonary hypertension, enlargement of the heart or heart failure.

Eastern Diagnosis

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, bronchitis belongs to one of three conformations: cough, phlegm and fluid retention, or cough and asthma.

The illness can be caused either by external pathogenic factors (seasonal external pathogens) or interior pathogenic factors (such as a disorder of the internal organs). In chronic bronchitis cases, the most common cause is interior pathogenic factors which often occur in the elderly.

 

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