Acupuncture for Asthma

Health problems such as respiratory illnesses can make laborious a simple breathing. COPD, bronchitis or asthma can considerably affect a person’s quality of life making fundamental activities like exercise, sleep and work very difficult to do instead of them being fairly easy and enjoyable experiences. A lot of asthma sufferers use antibiotics or inhalers and they become a part of their daily routine. However, dependence on these drugs may bring about specific negative effects to their health if these drugs aren’t used appropriately or if they are all of a sudden taken in dosages lower than before. Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture offers asthma sufferers a means to resolve asthma symptoms and other respiratory diseases in a natural and holistic way.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) sees respiratory problems as issues associated to the lungs. These organs for respiration take in oxygen and mix it with the food you ingest providing the body with the energy and nutrients it needs to survive. The lungs also provide other functions like the reinforcement of the immune system and fluid distribution. A lot of individuals with respiratory problems have been found to have accumulated fluid in the lungs or edema (fluid) in some part of their body. These fluids circulate throughout the body and the lungs play a part in this fluid movement. When the lungs are weak they can be quite vulnerable to viral or bacterial infection that can lead to pneumonia or bronchitis. If your lungs are performing optimally, they can be quite resilient and be able to fight off the flu or colds even when others around you are falling into sickness.

TCM also regard the kidneys as organ systems vital for respiration and breathing. TCM states that the kidneys help capture the inhaled air and integrate it into the body. This role is made more manifest in asthma sufferers who find it very hard to draw in a deep breath as against exhaling that same breath. A weak functioning kidney means inadequate amounts of oxygen being received by the lungs causing the health of the person to suffer. Besides reinforcing the lungs, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can optimize the function of the kidneys as well.

Bronchitis and asthma are the most common types of respiratory disease in the United States each year. They can be effectively treated with acupuncture and herbal medicine. Even terminal diseases like lung cancer can be treated using these two modalities of TCM. While diseases such as mesothelioma cannot be treated with acupuncture, the pain and debilitating symptoms caused by mesothelioma can be relieved by frequent therapies of acupuncture. Chinese herbal remedies and acupuncture can take away the appetite loss and nausea resulting from chemotherapy and radiation “therapy,” relieve coughing spells and allay pain. Oftentimes alternative complementary therapies are combined with conventional medicine to effectively treat certain conditions.

When asthma makes you find it hard to breathe or you don’t want to frequently catch the cold virus, you should then consult with a licensed acupuncturist or a licensed Chinese herbalist. The treatments they offer may just be the treatment you need to liberate yourself of your asthma and other respiratory conditions.


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