Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma have common characteristics both in terms of their pathology and clinical symptoms, but whether they share the same traditional Chinese medicine syndromes is unclear. A research team from Fudan University in China analyzed 26,074 subjects with complete medical records. The result suggests that shared core excess syndrome for both COPD and asthma was phlegm and heat in the lungs, while the shared core deficiency syndrome was lung and kidney Qi deficiency.

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Kong Q, Jia RR, Li MH et al. A retrospective database analysis of traditional Chinese medicine syndromes in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma. European Journal of Integrative Medicine
Available online 9 November 2019, 101001, In Press