Asthma sufferers have similar symptoms to those suffering from bronchitis but both diseases cause limited airflow into the lungs. Chronic bronchitis is differentiated from other respiratory disorders. It is characterized by hypertrophy, or an enlargement of the glands in the bronchi of the lung. Symptoms include breathlessness, wheezing and a cough that produces phlegm in the form of sputum. Bronchitis often leads to a bronchial infection which can produce pus indicating a bacterial infection. Some bronchitis suffer from such a severe cough that the lungs go into spasm.
Bronchodilators, steroids and other medicines that dilate the bronchial tubes are used in western medicine. Unwanted side effects such as diarrhea, vomiting, insomnia, arrhythmias, headaches, nervousness, and allergic reactions can occur. Acupuncture uses the body’s own natural energy, in combination with herbs, to open up the obstructed meridians, remove phlegm, ease breathing and stop cough.