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Difficulty with breathing can occur in all kinds of ways that are frustrating to deal with and make it hard to exercise, or even to have the energy to get through your day.  All of these symptoms are treatable with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), but many people remain unaware of this. 

All of These Symptoms Can Be Treated With TCM

  • allergies

  • asthma

  • bronchitis

  • chronic cough

  • common cold

  • chest congestion

  • post-nasal drip

  • sinus congestion

  • stuffy nose

  • runny nose

  • shortness of breath

  • sore throat


Lingering symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, dry throat, dry cough, shortness of breath, muscle and joint pain, and insomnia can all be treated with a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

Respiratory allergies and asthma are common in children, but if treated early with TCM, the severity can be reduced and years of suffering prevented.  Even in adults, allergies and asthma can be improved, including asthma triggered by chemical sensitivity. 

Shortness of breath can be due to many different factors.  It is most commonly due to asthma, but can also occur with anxiety or during panic attacks. For some people it is related to chronic fatigue, or even long-standing unresolved emotional issues. No matter the cause, the shortness of breath can still be relieved with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.  Shortness of breath is treatable even if it is caused by long covid syndrome.


Chronic sinus congestion and stuffy nose should be investigated by your general practitioner (GP) and Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat specialist (EENT), but if even if they find no cause, these issues can still be treated with TCM.  For some people, sinus congestion is seasonal and related to allergies, but it can also occur year-round. In TCM, stuffy nose can sometimes be due to fatigue.  


Runny nose and post-nasal drip is a frustrating symptom that many people just live with.  Often it is worse when eating or when outside in the cold, but no matter the cause it can still be resolved with TCM.

The common cold is treatable with acupuncture and fire cupping, but it is most easily treated at the very beginning -- just when you feel like you’re starting to get sick, but don’t quite have symptoms yet or the symptoms just started that day.  It is still treatable once you’re sick, but most people prefer not to spend their money treating it since it will resolve without treatment in a week or two. However, if the cold becomes very severe and turns into bronchitis or a throat infection, TCM is effective and can be a useful alternative for people who cannot tolerate the side effects of antibiotics.

A lingering chronic dry cough can continue sometimes for months after the common cold.  TCM can help to relieve the dryness and finally stop the cough.  A chronic dry cough is a very common symptom of post-covid syndrome and is very treatable.

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