In 1979, the World Health Organization listed respiratory tract disease—including asthma and bronchitis—among diseases that are benefited from acupuncture. From strengthening muscles to releasing blockages, acupuncture can be quite beneficial for those suffering from asthma and bronchitis.
Acupuncture’s effect on respiratory conditions
Acupuncture can help release naturally tense muscles and blockages without the side-effects that are common with conventional treatment methods such as inhalers. Acupuncture calms the body and relieves symptoms of an asthmatic attack. It also releases blockages in the meridian channels helping the defensive Qi to flow smoothly through the body. Acupuncture has been proven to help relax the parasympathetic nervous system and increase the release of neurotransmitters to the brain. Some patients already see improvements of their condition after their first acupuncture treatment.
Does it really work?
Remarkable effects can be achieved with acupuncture. Many patients experience immediate relief after an acupuncture treatment, feeling that the airway blockage was simply removed. Broncho-spasms—a sudden constriction of the muscles in the walls of the bronchioles—results from over-stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system. Stimulation of acupuncture points can relieve both physical and emotional stress by triggering the release of neurotransmitters in the brain. Patients therefore often experience a physical release from the bronchial constriction and feel emotionally released from the fear of suffocation.
What acupuncture targets for asthma and bronchitis
A common approach is using acupuncture that targets strengthening in the kidneys and lungs. Depending on the of the patient’s symptoms and reason for the condition, a variety of different points are used.
To learn more about acupuncture or to schedule an appointment in south Denver, please contact us! We have several very knowledgeable and experienced acupuncturists that would be happy to help you or a loved one find relief.
BY: Dr. Friedman
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