The Acupuncture Treatment of Asthma
Asthma is characterized by wheezing attacks with shortness of breath, which are usually worse at night
Sometimes there is a dry cough. The onset of attack is sudden and is followed by tightness of the chest. Acupuncture can have a remarkable effect in stopping an acute asthma attack and treatment in between attacks can get to the root cause, which is usually a deficiency of the lungs and kidney. Many patients experience immediate relief after an acupuncture treatment, feeling that the airway blockage was simply removed. Stimulation of acupuncture points can relieve both physical and emotional stress, possibly because they trigger the release of neurotransmitters in the brain. The patient can therefore experience both a physical release from his bronchial constriction, and also an emotional or psychological release from the fear of constriction and suffocation. Acupuncture is well documented in successfully treating asthma and isnt it great that we have this 5,000 year old natural healing method other wise people would just have to rely on drugs. People should do their own research into the natural healing methods available today rather then make Western medicine their first choice when it comes to healing their body. Healing the body naturally using the tried and tested techniques acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine should be the preferred method of choice when it comes to your health especially if you want a treatment devoid of the nasty side effects associated with taking Western drugs as a medicine.
Energetically and psychologically asthma can sometimes be due to a constrictive or fearful experience at birth when taking our first breath. Asthma is sometimes called the “silent scream” the desire to enter into life is followed by contraction and fear of doing so. Shallow breathing is a way of protecting ourselves from having to deal with reality. The asthmatic person can be quite dependent on a parent or spouse, always needing another person’s validation or approval. Asthma may indicate something we need to express or get off our chest but we have not yet developed the courage or means to do so. The taking in of a deep breath is saying yes to life and moving forward becoming independent. Just as our lungs expand and contract, so they represent our ability to expand share and enter into life, or if we choose the opposite to contract, isolate and retreat from life. So the way we think, feel and view life can make the difference between sickness and health. As a supplement to acupuncture exercises like Tai Chi, Qi Qong and Yoga are excellent for opening up the bodies energy channels and expanding the chest through proper breathing and body movement.
Caesarean Birth causes Asthma
Research has shown that babies born having the umbilical cord severed prematurely have a higher incidence of allergic asthma in later life due to the fact that prematurely severing the umbilical cord interrupts the vital flow of hormones and immune cells from the placenta to the offspring and the excretion of waste products from the baby to the placenta, there is an interesting connection here with the traditional Chinese use of placenta extract injection into certain acupuncture points to treat allergic asthma. Those born by Caesarean section also have a higher incidence of asthma due to the fact that the very last development of the lungs and kidneys takes place in the birth canal which is denied for obvious reasons to those born Caesarean. Hospitals nowadays are all too quick use Csesarean section as a convenience rather than as a necessity.
Course of Treatment
The treatment of allergic asthma will take two to three months to produce good lasting results. Both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs are very effective alone or in combination. If children can be treated fairly early after the development of the disease, the course of treatment will be much shorter. If the patient is on inhalers such as Ventolin it is not necessary to stop them, as the need to use them will automatically decrease as the Acupuncture/Herbal treatment progresses. Indeed most acupuncturists use the decrease in use of the inhalers as a benchmark to the effectiveness of the acupuncture treatments. Eventually the patient should be able to completely get off the inhalers once the course of treatment is completed. It is much better though if the patient can reduce oral steroids very gradually as soon as possible as they have many side-effects, the main one being that of inducing a deficiency of the Kidney energy in the long run. As allergic asthma is based on a deficiency of the Kidney’s Defensive-Qi system (immune system), oral steroids, although affording relief in the short run, can only make it worse in the long run. Acupuncture and natural medicine has been treating this disorder for centuries successfully. Western medicine only uses the quick fix approach to asthma, although ok in the short term, a successful treatment modality like acupuncture should be sought out in order to find a long term solution to your problem.
Kim- Dip.Ac. Lic.Ac. C.Ac. China MQP is a registered licensed practitioner of Chinese Medicine. Treatments are VHi, LAYA healthcare (formally Quinn), Hibernian Health (Vivas) and HSF Healthplan approved.
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