Acupuncture may help asthma sufferers breathe easier!
Asthma, a chronic disease of the lungs, affects approximately 300 million people around the world, 20 million in the United States. Although it is considered a treatable disease, it still claims over 3,000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone.
Some people have long periods of time where they are symptom-free, while other people always have difficulty breathing. Asthma attacks can be severe and sometimes life-threatening. It is also one of the most common diseases for which patients turn to alternative therapies such as acupuncture for treatment and relief.
Acupuncture has been used safely and effectively for thousands of years to rectify the underlying imbalances that cause asthma symptoms. The disease is one of 40 considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) that may benefit from acupuncture. Acupuncture is very helpful as a preventative medicine technique, and is most effective when used to treat initial attacks or mild bouts of asthma. It can also improve pulmonary function and lessen the severity of asthma attacks.
At its core, asthma is an immune disorder. The main symptoms of asthma, wheezing and shortness of breath, are manifestations of the body’s immune response to pathogens found in the environment. There are many factors that may trigger an asthma attack. Examples include the invasion of the external pathogenic factors (i.e., cold and heat), diet (fish, crab, shellfish and other seafood have been noted to increase the likelihood of asthma attacks, for example) emotional disturbances, congenital weakness and chronic illnesses.
Acupuncture treatments for asthma focus on balancing and strengthening the immune system, as well as the lung, spleen and kidneys if imbalances are found. Points are selected according to the patient’s unique combination of symptoms and their history, as acupuncture treats the whole person. Acupuncture treatments for asthma include needling points on the Lung, Stomach, Kidney and/or Bladder meridians, and will focus on balancing these organ systems. Many patients report significant, lasting benefits in just a few sessions of treatment. Tap into your body’s natural healing mechanism with acupuncture!
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