Asthma treated with Acupuncture

Asthma is a very common chronic disease involving the respiratory system in which the airways occasionally constrict, become inflamed, and are lined with excessive amounts of mucus, often in response to one or more triggers. These episodes may be triggered by such things as exposure to an environmental stimulant such as an allergen, environmental tobacco smoke, cold or warm air, perfume, pet dander, moist air, exercise or exertion, or emotional stress. In children, the most common triggers are viral illnesses such as those that cause the common cold. This airway narrowing causes symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing.

The airway constriction responds to bronchodilators. Between episodes, most patients feel well but can have mild symptoms and they may remain short of breath after exercise for longer periods of time than the unaffected individual. The symptoms of asthma, which can range from mild to life threatening, can usually be controlled with a combination of drugs and environmental changes.

Treatment
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the lung is a number one organ involved in asthma. When the lung function is good, all above symptoms would be taken care of without any problems. When the lungs receive more dampness which causes mucus and the lung function is weak simultaneously, this dampness would be accumulated in the lung. Therefore dampness must be removed in the first place on this case. When dampness is removed, it is easier for lung to breathe.

Let me give you one example in the clinic.

She has suffered asthma for a long time. Her asthma was more severe at night. She got up 3-4 times at night due to difficult breathing. She got 3-4 nebulizer treatments whenever she got up at night. When she got up in the morning, her underwear was soaked with sweat. All medicines prescribed were in vain. She finally decided to pursue a different method, which was acupuncture treatment.

She heard about acupuncture, but she was reluctant as acupuncture needles might be painful. She suffered for a long time with asthma already and thought no matter what kind of pain from acupuncture needles should be less than the asthma pain she was suffering now. She discovered there was absolutely no pain when needles are inserted. She felt mucus dry up and a little easier to breath while on table. She also ordered herbs for a fast recovery. She took additional two acupuncture treatments and her symptoms were gone completely.







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