Asthma Treatment-- Conventional and Chinese Medicine Approaches

ASTHMA -- Treatment
MEDICINE, Chinese
SYMPTOMS
HERBS -- Therapeutic use
DISEASES -- Causes & theories of causation
PATHOLOGY
BRONCHODILATOR agents

Abstract:The article discusses the conventional and Chinese medicine approaches to treat asthma. Chinese medicine treats the causes of asthma rather than managing the symptoms by utilizing a wide variety of herbs that are consumed via the digestive system. Aetiology and pathology of asthma both in orthodox and Chinese medicine approaches are discussed. Salbutamol, a sympathomimetic bronchodilator that relaxes the smooth muscle surrounding the bronchioles, is the most widely prescribed drug used in the treatment of acute asthma. The Chinese herbal equivalent of salbutamol is Ma Huang.

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