Acupuncture and the Treatment of Asthma

Did you know that acupuncture can be a powerful tool in treating asthma? For the over 20 million Americans suffering from this chronic condition life can be very frustrating. Asthma is an inflammatory disease where airways become blocked and narrowed leading to symptoms like: coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, mucos. Some people can seem very normal day to day and then have an attack. Asthma attacks usually occur when something triggers the inflammation of the respiratory system. These flare ups can be very mild or even life threatening.

There are multiple triggers which can cause a flare up of asthma, or can keep a constant low grade symptoms. These can be things such as:

Respiratory infections: flu, bronchitis, sinus infections
Allergens: grasses, pollens, molds, animal dander
Irritants: smoke, perfumes, pollutants
Exercise: overly strenuous or inappropriate exercise
Medications: different medications can aggravate asthma
Weather changes
Strong emotions or changes

When an acupuncturist treats asthma they look at the body in a holistic way. The approach starts by looking at all of the ways a body is out of balance. All of the body's symptoms are related to these imbalances. In fact, the easier you respond to any of these triggers, the more out of balance your body is.

After figuring out all of the imbalances, the next step is to come up with a comprehensive plan to fix these imbalances. The plan can include everything from acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary changes, stress management techniques, exercises, and more.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be a safe, side-effect free way of treating and managing asthma. To find out more please contact us and we would be glad to talk with you about your personal situation.