Asthma is a chronic, long-term condition that although frustrating to live with, can be controlled. It is an inflammatory disease where airways narrow or become blocked, causing symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Some may frequently have difficulty breathing, while others have long periods without any symptoms. Triggers can result in an asthma attack, and some flare ups can be even life-threatening.
Triggers for an Asthma Attack
- Cold, sinus infection, flu, or bronchitis
- Irritants such as tobacco smoke, air pollution, or strong fragrances
- Dust mites, trees and grass pollen, animal dander, and mold
- Strenuous exercise
- Food additives and certain foods
- Anti-inflammatory drugs and Aspirin
- Anxiety, stress, grief and anger
- Sudden change in weather
The most common approach for treatment is to try and prevent attacks, which is often done through the regular use of anti-inflammatory medications. During an attack, quick-acting medications may be able to relieve symptoms.
Treating Asthma with Acupuncture
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, asthma is known as “Xiao Chuan,” which means “shortness of breath” or “wheezing.” This is caused by many factors which ultimately involve an imbalance of Wei Qi (pronounced “way chee”), as well as an imbalance of organ systems, such as the spleen, lungs, or kidney.
Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnoses for Xiao Chuan (Asthma):
- Weakness in the Lungs
- Weakness in the Spleen
- Imbalance in the Liver
- Too much heat in the Liver
- Wei Qi deficiency
- Weakness in the Kidney
- Dampness in the Lungs
Best Acupuncture’s Approach to Asthma
At Best Acupuncture, we identify where the imbalance or blockage of Qi is, which can be the cause behind some of the physical symptoms related to asthma. Our acupuncturists use thin, sterile needles to address the imbalance and get to the root of the issue. Your practitioner may also recommend herbal remedies to help with your symptoms, in addition to acupuncture.