Bronchitis is a condition where the mucous membranes of the bronchii (the “pipe” between the trachea and the lungs) become inflamed. Symptoms include coughing (either dry or productive), mild fever, fatigue, wheezing and tightness in the chest. There are two distinct types of Bronchitis: Acute Bronchitis, which usually arrives in tandem with a viral illness (a cold or influenza) and Chronic Bronchitis, which produces a cough that lasts for several weeks or even years. Chronic Bronchitis is often linked with tangible environmental factors, such as pollution, cigarette smoke, and prolonged exposure to occupational irritants, such as insulation or asbestos.
Most occurrences of acute Bronchitis are caused by a viral infection and treatment usually involves treating the symptoms, allowing most cases to resolve quickly. Chronic bronchitis is a far more serious health issue, as it limits airflow into the lungs, resulting in shortness of breath, wheezing and the overproduction of sputum. Avoiding irritants and eliminating smoking have been proven to lessen the symptoms of chronic bronchitis.
Acupuncture is quickly helpful to all forms of acute and recent bronchitis, as well as all forms of colds, allergies, and asthma. Chronic and lingering respiratory problems are helped by acupuncture. The history, and examination includes pulse and tongue information as well. Each case is individual, point sites will vary. Often the Lung meridian, chest abdomen, upper back areas will be included. Ear points may be included as there are points there to affect the respiratory functions. I know, that sounds weird, but lots of the theory of acupuncture is strange to you! Thousands of years and lots of great results will have to encourage you to try. For example the Kidney meridian goes up the front of the chest to the bronchial area (ki51) and enters there, to go in deeper. There is a deep energy loop between the lung and the kidney, so the front and back central points may be treated to help to clear that loop. The points are on the surface, so relax. Acupuncture is painless, gentle, and effective. Grief, sadness, anger, and fear are common and reasonable, but remember that joy is your deepest most natural true nature. Acupuncture helps to restore that joy as your home base, and then breathing becomes smoother again.
” I couldn’t believe the relief that I got from a persistent cough caused by bronchitis . My sinus and post nasal drip all but ceased immediately and didn’t return until shortly before my second visit. On the way to good health!”– Brenda in Norwalk