Acupuncture – Asthma Treatments and Respiratory Health

Respiratory illnesses and health concerns can make taking a simple breath a chore for many Americans. From asthma to bronchitis to COPD, these diseases can have a significant impact on quality of life making it difficult to work, sleep, exercise and have an otherwise enjoyable daily experience. For many, inhalers or antibiotics are part of their daily routine and reliance on these medications may have some damaging effects to your health if you don’t use them correctly or attempt to decrease their use suddenly. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine provides a way to address the symptoms of these conditions naturally and holistically.

Chinese medicine views respiratory issues as conditions related to the lungs, as you might expect. The lungs are responsible for taking in the air and mixing it with the food you ingest to provide your body with the nutrients and energy it needs to function. Some other important functions of the lungs include fluid distribution and strengthening the immune system. Many people that have respiratory conditions find that they may develop fluid in the lungs or chronic fluid called edema in the body. The lungs play an important role in keeping these fluids circulating through the system. In addition, due to the fact that they are open to the external world, they can be vulnerable to attack by bacteria or virus that may cause bronchitis or pneumonia. With lungs that are functioning at their peak, an individual can expect to fight off colds or the flu even while people around them are getting sick.

This is where it gets tricky….the kidneys also play an important role in breathing and respiration. It is said in Chinese medicine theory that the kidneys help grasp the air that is inhaled and draw it down into the body. This is most evident in people that suffer from asthma and find it difficult to take a deep breath in versus exhaling that same breath. Without sufficiently healthy kidney function, the amount of oxygen and air reaching the lungs will not be optimal and overall health can suffer. In addition to strengthening the lungs, your acupuncturist may incorporate acupoints or herbal formulas that benefit the kidneys as well.

Obviously asthma and respiratory illnesses like bronchitis are the most common but there are potentially fatal diseases like lung cancer that can be treated through the use of acupuncture and herbal medicine. While conditions like mesothelioma, lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos using in older buildings, cannot be cured by acupuncture, the debilitating symptoms and pain may be eased by regular acupuncture treatments. With careful diagnosis and monitoring, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treatment can help decrease pain, alleviate coughing spells and eliminate nausea and appetite loss caused by radiation or chemotherapy treatment. It is very important to mention that while these alternative complementary therapies can be very powerful, they should be used in conjunction with Western medicine.

When it becomes difficult to breathe normally every day or you just can’t take another winter of catching cold after cold, go speak to a licensed acupuncturist or Chinese herbalist. They just may have the treatment you need to throw off the shackles of these uncomfortable respiratory conditions.

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