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The Traditional Chinese Herbal Theory's way of thinking about a Collapsed Trachea....Here is a different way of thinking about your cat's trachea problems!
Let us start by asking ourselves what exactly it means for your cat to have been diagnosed with a "Collapsed Trachea."? Let's reference the Veterinary Merck Manuel under "Tracheal Collapse" for that answer. It is interesting to note there's really not a condition specifically called by this name. Rather it falls under the broad category of "Respiratory Disease", and the manual states that it is not really known what causes the trachea to collapse;
"Tracheal collapse is most common in toy and miniature breeds of dogs and rare in cats. The etiology is unknown. Affected animals have a nonproductive, honking, chronic cough, and inspiratory or expiratory dyspnea. Frequently they are obese and may have concurrent cardiovascular or other pulmonary disease (especially chronic bronchitis). Weight loss (if obese) is critical in management. Other measures include exercise restriction, reduction of excitement and stress, and medical therapy, eg, antitussives, antibiotics, bronchodilators, and corticosteroids." (Veterinary Merck Manual)
Most readers come to this site because modern medicine has not provided any long-term relief for their cat's problem which is the inability to breathe properly ...So let us start showing you the powerful and effective world of Traditional Chinese Herbal Theory and what it has to offer your own coughing, wheezing and gagging dog.
What was first the hen or the egg?
Before the veterinary diagnosis of a "collapsed trachea" in most instances, there will have been chronic coughing for years prior to the dreaded diagnosis. It is logical to assume that because of this constant assault on these tissues, they would indeed become weakened.
So...let's ask ourselves...if...just if....the cough could be managed, and your cat had that single chance to rest...might there be a chance that those tissues could naturally regain their strength?
That being said, it's well-known that Chinese herbs for thousands of years (historically documented) have been utilized to help the body naturally heal itself. Herbs do this by helping to restore normal breathing functions and normalize secretions, and they have done this for many well-known chronic conditions where coughing has made breathing become difficult. These herbs will help normalize tracheal secretions so that your dog's breathing and trachea may return to a healthier state. Thus, the cough will diminish.
But we do it differently here! So, for right now, as you read through this page, throw out everything you think you know about coughing and breathing, and get ready to explore a whole new breathing paradigm because it's likely that you'll find it to be very different than anything you've ever read before... Ready? Let's go!
What is a cough anyway? According to Traditional Chinese Herbal Theory, it's described as the following:
"Cough (ke sou) Sudden expulsion of air from the lung with an explosive noise, usually in a series of efforts" **
According to this TCM definition, it's safe to say that your cat has the problem of "ke sou", right? Let's keep going;
TCM Cough (ke sou) Classification By Cause:
Wind Damage Cough
Dryness Damage Cough
Static Blood Cough
As you can see from the list above, according to traditional herbal theory a cat's breathing problem is not just a cough; a cough may be caused by many different reasons. it could be the result of an external invasion (germs) or from an internal deficiency (things just not working right), but notice that we don't list the cough due to the trachea because we look at things from the "root cause perspective". Let's continue on and make it even more complex and go on to say that chronic "ke sou" (coughing) can also be the result of any sort of disharmony of the bowels or of the viscera and can be additionally classified by the following;
TCM Cough (ke sou) Classification By Bowels Or Viscera
Lung Cough (most common)
Heart Cough (a lung and heart cough many times occur together)
Spleen Cough (poor digestion causes this cough)
Kidney Cough (very young or very old dogs experience this cough)
etc, etc etc......your getting the idea?
(*Definitions provided by A Practical Dictionary Of Chinese Medicine; Wiseman & Feng, 2nd Edition)
Wow...those are a lot of different coughs...So how do we know which one of these classifications of "ke sou" that your own cat's breathing pattern may fall under?
We'll help you here because empirically we have found that the vast majority of cats with this particular type of chronic coughing and breathing problem (one that is honking and which is considered an excess type ) generally fit into the category of something called "Phlegm Heat Harassing The Lungs Which Causes Lung Qi to reverse itself".
Sounds weird right? But using this technique, which is not even considering the word trachea, we have found that most canines respond positively to a combination of herbs that addresses this particular Chinese pattern of breathing disharmony, which is a pattern that traditional medicine calls a Phlegm excess.
We get rid of this pathological phlegm by utilizing traditional medicine principles and herbal principles that will help the dog's body to on its own "clear heat, transform phlegm, and send the Lung qi back downwards".
What the heck does that mean? Let me water it down for you. It means that we will soothe the throat, promote normal tracheal secretions, and tonify and supplement Lung system healing through herbal and food therapy to stop coughing.
Next step and just as important as the herbs, we work with people with respect to what they feed their cats because we do have a strong belief that the processed and filler-based foods that your dog may be currently eating may be causing a problem of an accumulation of phlegm and damp which is very aggravating to the Lung system ...why is that your wondering?