Breathe Easier with Acupuncture!
Do you or someone you love suffer from asthma? You’re not alone — approximately 20 million Americans have asthma, 9 million of them children. In fact, asthma is the most common chronic childhood illness. About half of all cases develop before the age of 10, and many children with asthma also have allergies.
Who gets asthma? Well, asthma is most likely caused by several factors. It could be in your genes — you’re more likely to develop asthma if others in your family have it. For those who are prone to it, exposure to environmental factors such as allergens, substances that cause an allergic reaction, or infections may increase the chance of developing asthma as well.
Most people with asthma may go for periods of time without any symptoms, then have an asthma attack. Some people have chronic shortness of breath that gets worse during an attack. Asthma attacks can last minutes to days, and can become dangerous if airflow to the lungs becomes severely restricted.
Primary symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Wheezing — usually begins suddenly; may be worse at night or early in the morning; can be made worse by cold air, exercise, and heartburn
- Chest tightness
- Cough (dry or with sputum) — in cough-variant asthma, this may be the only symptom
There are typically two types of asthma—extrinsic and intrinsic—and both will respond to acupuncture. Intrinsic asthma is caused by factors such as chemicals, cold air, exercise, infection and emotional upset. Extrinsic asthma is allergy-related and is triggered by pollen, dust, mold and animal dander.
Acupuncture acts on the nervous system by soothing the parasympathetic nerves while stimulating the sympathetic nerves. This causes the bronchioles to expand and mucus membranes to contract, leading to improved breathing. Acupuncture also reduces the level of inflammatory chemicals in the blood, thereby reducing the allergic response.
The effects of acupuncture are cumulative. After a series of treatments, patients notice a reduction in the frequency and severity of their attacks. Acupuncture has the effect of strengthening a person’s constitution and overall health so that their allergic response is reduced.
Many have found relief with acupuncture — contact us for more information today!
Source: Asthma | University of Maryland Medical Center
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