Wheezing (Dyspnea)

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

"Wheezing (Dyspnea)" Issue / Symptom Connections

Below you will find various relationships to, and potential clinical treatment approaches for wheezing (dyspnea).

It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine, treatment for "wheezing (dyspnea)" is rarely focused on the symptoms exclusively. Alternatively, a practitioner is looking at the factors that led to the development of "wheezing (dyspnea)" - i.e. the "cause(s)".

For non-practitioners, we recommend reading treating the "cause" and not the "symptoms" for more on the overall approach and the importance of the TCM diagnostic system in formulating treatment approaches.

Within TCM, "wheezing (dyspnea)" is potentially related to one or more of the following diagnostic patterns: kidney qi deficiency, lung dampness - phlegm cold, lung dampness - phlegm heat, lung dryness, lung qi deficiency, lung wind invasion - wind cold, lung wind invasion - wind heat, and/or spleen qi deficiency.

The above patterns are common examples. In clinical situations, however, there are any number of other possibilities. Many times there will be a layered combination of patterns in an interwoven blend with their symptoms - some being the cause of an issue and the result of another issue. While initially complex, this is illustrative of the the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.

Some acupuncture points are considered "empirically" related to a specific condition or diagnostic pattern. While this would rarely, if ever, dictate the entire composition of a treatment, the following points should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • View KD 20 (Open Valley)

        5 cun above CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 13.

        Local point for abdominal and digestive issues. Mania, epilepsy, palpitations, mouth/tongue deviation/swelling - largely through resolving phlegm. Chest pain, coughing, wheezing.
  • View KD 24 (Spirit Ruins)

        In the 3rd ICS 2 cun lateral to CV 18.

        Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, constricted breathing. Breast distention - moves qi stagnation in the chest. Palpitations, abdominal bloating, panic attacks arising from digestive issues.
  • View LI 13 (Arm Five Li)

        3 cun above LI 11 on the LI 15 to LI 11 line.

        Local point for pain in the elbow and upper arm. Difficulty breathing, cough, vomiting of blood. Scrofula  
  • View LU 1 (Central Treasury)

        6 cun lateral to the anterior midline, level with the 1st ICS.

        Lung Front MU Point - useful for all LU Issues, especially of Excess Type - cough, wheezing, asthma. LU disharmonies involving Phlegm/Heat excess arising from the middle warmer - vomiting, difficult ingestion.  
  • View LU 6 (Collection Hole)

        7 cun above LU 9 on the line joining LU 5 and LU 9.

        Xi Cleft Point - for Acute attacks of OPI's, usually wind-heat or wind-dry - cough, wheezing, asthma, sore throat. Dry hacking cough, especially at night. Local point for pain along the meridian, especially at the joints.
  • View LU 9 (Great Abyss)

        At the wrist crease on the radial side of the radial artery.

        Tonify LU Qi and Yin - cough, asthma, wheezing, SOB, chronic runny nose w/watery discharge. Palpitations. Wrist pain, arm pain along meridian. Hui Meeting Point of the Vessls - circulation issues, clarifying an indescernible pulse (for …
  • View SP 18 (Celestial Ravine)

        6 cun lateral to the anterior midline in the 4th inter-costal space.

        Descends qi - chest oppression, shortness of breath, cough, hiccup, running piglet disorder. Opens the chest and circulation in the breasts - breast pain, insufficient lactation.
  • View ST 13 (Qi Door)

        4 cun lateral to the AML at the lower border of the clavicle.

        Asthma, cough, wheezing, chest distention, hiccups. Local point - rib pain, inability to turn head, neck pain.
  • View ST 15 (Roof)

        4 cun lateral to the AML in the 2nd ICS.

        Asthma, chest oppression, fullness a/or pain in the chest. Breast pain, distention, mastitis, abscess. General pain, heaviness and/or itching of the whole body.
  • View ST 20 (Assuming Fullness)

        2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 13.

        Abdominal pain, bloating, hiccups, gastric pain, vomiting. Anorexia, poor appetite, diarrhea. Shortness of breath, wheezing.
  • View ST 36 (Leg Three Li)

        3 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anterior border of the tibia.

        Tonify deficient Qi a/or Blood. Tonify Wei Qi and Qi overall - low immunity, chronic illness, poor digestion, general weakness, particularly with moxibustion, very important acupuncture point for building and maintaining overall health. …

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