Acupuncture and Traditional Eastern Medicine (TEM) can be powerful allies in the management of asthma, and they work well in conjunction with other types of treatment.
The facts about asthma is an inflammatory disease in which the airways become blocked or narrowed, causing symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Some people have long periods without symptoms, while others may always experience difficulty breathing. Asthma attacks occur when something triggers the inflammation of the respiratory system. Flare ups can be severe—sometimes even life threatening.
Asthma attacks are generally caused by one or more triggers, including :
- A cold, flu, bronchitis, or sinus infection
- Allergens including dust mites, tree and grass pollen, mold, and animal dander
- Irritants that include tobacco smoke, strong fragrances, and air pollution
- Certain foods and food additives
- Aspirin and snit-inflammatory drugs
- Strenuous exercise
- Changes in weather
- Strong emotion such as anxiety, stress, grief and anger
The available approach of Asthma treatment is to try and prevent attacks. Once an Asthma attack is underway, quick-acting medications may be able to relieve it. Most of medications can cause side effects such as nausea, headaches, muscle tremors, and insomnia. However, many people have found that acupuncture treatment may help reduce asthma attacks, improve lung function, and even lower the amount of medication needed.
Asthma according to TEM, Asthma is like wheezing and shortness of breath. It is caused by a variety of factors that involve an imbalance with Wei Qi, and an imbalance with one or more of the organ systems.
We will take a holistic, or whole-body approach in order to determine what areas of the body are affected and inbalance and contributing to the attacks.
Since acupuncture and TEM take into account your overall well-being, We may also address other issues that may be contributing to your asthma, such as exercise, diet and stress.
Acupuncture is a safe, effective, and pain-free approach to many conditions, and you may find that your overall health improves along with asthma symptoms.
It is important to remember that you are a key part of controlling your asthma, try keeping an asthma diary to track your specific asthma triggers, be sure to keep all of your health care providers fully informed. This includes talking to them about any medications or herbs you may be taking, as well as any changes in your symptoms and follow your practitioner’s recommendations for self-exercises such as food changes, or stress-relief.
By making positive lifestyle choices and working closely with us, you’ll truly be taking charge of your asthma and your life.