May is National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month. Allergies and asthma tend to be at their peak season around this time of year. It’s important to educate and inform your family, friends, and colleagues of the severity of these conditions. Many of you in Kingston who suffer from both asthma and allergies understand how bad asthma and allergies can be. Pollens and allergens seem to be highly aggressive in this part of Ontario. Unfortunately, your symptoms may worsen as the summer months progress. The higher proportion of allergens in the air can be significantly disruptive for those who suffer from asthma. Last month, I explained how acupuncture can alleviate allergies. In this blog, I’ll give your more details on how acupuncture can provide relief for asthma sufferers.
What asthma means in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Although Western medicine proposes that asthma is an illness centrally focused within the lungs, Traditional Chinese Medicine classifies asthma as a disorder among many parts of the body. The lungs, kidneys, and stomach are all affected by asthma. When the stomach is not functioning correctly, there is an accumulation of phlegm that congests the lungs. Traditional Chinese Medicine also indicates that asthma is caused by a blockage of qi or energy within the body. A disruption of qi in the stomach can interfere with the downward motion of the lungs, thereby creating breathing problems. The kidneys aid the downward movement of the lungs and as a result they are also affected by asthma. Because asthma is a condition that develops in childhood, it is believed that children have also developed illnesses within the kidneys. If you have a child who has asthma, it’s a good idea to start treatments early. If you’re wondering whether acupuncture is a safe treatment method for children, feel free to read this article for more information.
Overall, Traditional Chinese Medicine investigates the root cause of asthma and helps to alleviate any deficiencies within the body. Acupuncture also allows you to take greater ownership and control of your overall health.
How acupuncture helps to alleviate asthma
Acupuncturists focus on the acupoints along the lungs, kidney, and stomach. The acupoints around the bladder are also treated as a way to improve the health of the lungs, kidneys, and stomach. As a result, the qi blockages are resolved. If you suffer from asthma, you will notice that acupuncture treatments will alleviate your symptoms of coughing, wheezing, pain and tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing.
As of right now, there is no cure for asthma. However, acupuncture can help to improve your quality of life and help you to breathe better. Acupuncture is not intended to replace inhalers for asthma. I would recommend that you speak with your doctor before seeking acupuncture treatment. As a fully licensed and experienced acupuncturist, I would be glad to help you get the relief you need from your asthma. If you are eligible for treatments, feel free to contact me for a complimentary 15-minute consultation session.