Respiratory Problems (breathing problems)

Respiratory Problems

Breathing is fundamental to human life.  A healthy person is one who breathes freely and well.  In traditional Chinese terms, one whose lung Qi is abundant and unimpeded.

Maintaining health therefore involves adopting exercises such as Chi Kung which have an excellent effect on the lung Qi.

However, the lungs can easily be harmed in a number of ways.  Traditional Chinese Medicine describes the lungs as the ‘delicate’ organ, because, of all the internal organs, they are the most vulnerable to external disease causing factors.  Cigarette smoke is just the most obvious way in which our lungs can be damaged by the environment we inhabit.

Nowadays also, when many people spend hours on end bent over a desk or computer keyboard, the chest is impeded and proper breathing impaired.

Traditional Chinese Medicine also considers that the lungs can be weakened by excessive or prolonged sadness or grief, and poor dietary choices can also lead to impaired lung functioning.

Our approach to treating respiratory problems is multi-faceted; we may use acupuncture and massage to improve the free flow of the lung Qi.  We may use cupping therapy and herbal medicine to help resolve phlegm which is obstructing the lungs.  We may suggest some Chi Kung exercises to open the chest.

As always the treatment we use will be tailored to the needs of the individual, using therapies which have been used in the treatment of lung problems for thousands of years.

Please click on the links below to read about specific conditions.  The list is not exhaustive but gives you an idea of how we approach these conditions.


The Sean Barkes Clinic does not claim to cure any conventional medical disease states.  Traditional Chinese Medicine seeks to re-establish and maintain the harmonious function of the human body-mind using tried and tested principles that have been discovered and matured over millennia.  A Western medical diagnosis provides very little by way of insight in informing a Chinese Medical diagnosis.  Patients usually recognise their own condition in terms of the medical disease category that they have been given by their GP or other conventional medical practitioner.  The research presented here is merely an indication of the potential to draw parallels between Traditional Chinese Medicine and Modern Western Medicine.