Breathlessness from the Perspective of the Persian Medicine


1 Department of Iranian Traditional Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Shahed University, Tehran, Iran,

2 Traditional Medicine Clinical Trial Research Center, Shahed University, Tehran, Iran

3 Chronic Respiratory Disease Research Center, National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (NRITLD), Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran,

4 School of Traditional Medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


Dyspnea is one of the most complaints in the pulmonary diseases. Shortness of breath as a subjective symptom can decrease the quality of life of patients. Although symptomatic treatment of the patients with chemical drugs is efficient in sign reduction, drugs side effect and allowing the disease to become chronic are risky for patients. Nowadays, traditional medicine is considered as an effective strategy in patients' treatment by World Health Organization. This study discusses the causes of shortness of breath from the view of Iranian traditional medicine and describes some suggestion for treatment of causes of this problem. Persian medicine prioritizes prevention of diseases by offering some strategies. In case of disease occurrence, life style modifications and herbal pharmaceutical therapy are recommended.