With asthma there is always some type of allergy present and commonly inhaled allergens include pollen, moulds, dust and animal hair. Sometimes foods can trigger an attack. Upper respiratory infections, exercising in cold conditions, stress and emotional upsets are also triggering factors.
In most cases Chinese medicine and Western medicine treatment are given simultaneously and any drugs may be cut down as the disorder improves ( with the doctor's advice).The principal aim of the treatment is to relieve the acute attacks and get the serious symptoms under control. In acute attacks it is still important to use Western medications (Ventolin, antibiotics, etc.) which can safely be combined with herbal treatments. These treatments, however, are only temporary and unless further tonifying treatments to build up the constitution are undertaken then the attacks will most probably continue into the future.