Acupuncture for Respiratory Disorders
Acupuncture is often used in treating respiratory disorders. Natural remedies such as acupuncture can clear symptoms of
the common cold/flu, allergies, asthma, emphysema and bronchitis.
Acupuncture for the common cold/flu: Studies have shown that patients receiving acupuncture have elevated immune-enhancing hormones and blood counts for up to three days after treatment. If you begin to feel the symptoms of the cold or flu coming on, it is important to visit your acupuncturist right away to get the most benefit from your treatment. Acupuncture can:
- Prevent colds and flu by boosting the immune system
- Help you get over the cold or flu faster if you already have it
- Reduce chills, fever and body aches
- Relieve sore throat and congestion
Acupuncture for allergies: Acupuncture is an effective tool for airborne as well as inhaled chemical allergies. By decreasing the bodies reactivity to substances the histamine response , that which produces allergic symptoms is ameliorated. Over time the physical response to these allergens can be muted producing long lasting change.
Acupuncture for asthma: Asthma is a disorder of two components. One component is inflammation of the airways. This is accompanied by bronchial constriction due to a smooth muscle response that line the walls of the airways. The acupuncture stimulus produces anti-inflammatory agents naturally that move to decrease the inflammation while at the same time affects the sympathetic nervous system to ease the muscular constriction fo the smooth muscle and therefore the constricted airway. Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of asthma, exercise induced and cold induced asthma. Long term progress can be made in conjunction with good safe management of medication.
Acupuncture for bronchitis: Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchi or airways caused by viruses or bacterial infection. The disorder may also be caused by inhaled irritants such as noxious chemicals. This disorder is accompanied by cough and often is preceded by the common cold. Acupuncture is effective in fighting the inflammation and reducing the cough reflex allowing the epithelium of the airways to heal.
Acupuncture for emphysema: Emphysema is a disease that is caused by the breakdown of the walls between the air-sacs in the lungs. This produces large balloon like structures where air movement becomes progressively more difficult as the disease progresses. People are genetically predisposed to suffering this disorder often exacerbated by smoking. Acupuncture is unable to arrest this process but is capable of increasing the ease of respiration during activity and at rest. The ability to perform activities of daily living are enhanced for people with emphysema when undergoing acupuncture.