Asthma and Chinese Medicine

Asthma, fairly recently, has been a disorder that has drastically increased in modern times. A significant amount of the population experiences this stubborn condition from children to adults. Some develop asthma over time and others seem to acquire it from early childhood. Also, not everyones asthma is the same asthma. Some people seem to suffer most from exacerbations caused by allergens, others exercise, others unknown random attacks. Regardless the cause of the attack, this can be experienced from relatively mild discomfort to actual severe acute or ongoing episodes. If there is any question to the severity of the issue, all you need to do is talk with someone who has asthma and they will tell you how dependent they are to their prescribed medications.

So, Chinese Medicine for Asthma? Western conventional medicine does a great job at suppressing the distressing symptoms of asthma in order to enable the person to live a relatively normal life. In general, this is done by QUICK acting steroids and beta adrenergic agonists, usually, and LONG term anti-inflammatory medications. This varies on the severity and takes care of suppressing the symptoms from occurring. However, people do have other avenues and options to approach this breathing disorder as life long therapy of these western agents can have negative side affects on the persons body such as creating a dependence for the medication, tachycardia and insomnia as well as not actually riding the body of asthma. To aid the population in this difficulty it is good to know that the Chinese Medical Practitioner has been treating conditions such as cough, wheeze, and respiratory distress for thousands of years through Acupuncture and Herbal Medicines.

The Chinese Medical Practitioner uses Acupuncture and complex natural Herbal Formulas to “down bear” and “disperse” the Lungs qi (energy) while increasing the lungs functional strength so it does not over-respond to things like allergens and exercise. The Lungs are only one part of asthma according to Chinese Medicine, as the imbalances in the body that can cause asthma can become quite complex. However, the practitioner is to diagnose and treat the individual person as everyone is treated as unique. This treatment can be effective for long term help as to slowly allow the person to decrease medications and dependency on medications, as well as decrease the frequency and severity of each exacerbation or attack.

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is undoubtably growing in the west, in addition to the thousands of years and thousands of hospitals in the east that are practicing this medicine. Look up your local acupuncturist for any inquiry. I am sure they would be more then pleased to speak to you and answer all of your questions.

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