Thanks to a host of environmental problems including climate change, ozone admissions, and pollutants in the air, asthma is on the rise. This is apparent in Wilmington, NC, where the azaleas are blooming earlier each year and, because of increased cases of allergies, illnesses, and asthma, are becoming harder and harder to enjoy. Many people have found that their usual methods of coping with asthma aren’t as effective as they once were, and have been turning to natural remedies, such as acupuncture, to find some much needed relief.
Acupuncture and Asthma
Acupuncture has been used to relieve asthma symptoms for almost as long as the ancient Chinese practice has been around – over two thousand years. In traditional Chinese medicine, the whole body is taken into account when something is wrong, so asthma – a condition centered in the lungs – requires treatment beyond the chest. This explains why an acupuncturist will needle points on the stomach, kidney, and bladder meridians, in addition to the lungs, when treating asthma patients. These points combined are the best way to correct energy blocks in the body, allowing the “Qi” – the life force within each of us – to flow freely, leading to optimal health.
As for exact treatments, those will vary based on the combination of symptoms and the individual being treated. A patient’s ability to breathe easier, however, is always a relief.
But does it work?
According to the World Health Organization, treating asthma with acupuncture has been shown to have therapeutic effects. Other studies, such as one conducted by the Annals of Internal Medicine, have clearly shown that acupuncture relieves many of the symptoms associated with asthma. Here in our Wilmington, NC office, we believe in the healing power of this ancient Chinese practice, and encourage our patients to see for themselves the positive effect acupuncture treatments can have on their overall health, and their asthma in particular. Schedule your appointment today, and breathe easier knowing your health is in good hands.