Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by inflammation and narrowing of the airways, which makes it difficult to breathe. Although conventional treatments such as inhalers and steroids can help manage asthma symptoms, they often come with side effects and may not work for everyone. Fortunately, acupuncture is emerging as a natural and effective alternative for asthma management.
Acupuncture is a promising alternative therapy for asthma that can improve lung function, reduce symptoms, and decrease medication use. With its long history of safe and effective use, acupuncture is a viable option for those who seek a natural solution to breathing problems.
How Acupuncture Works to Relieve Asthma Symptoms
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice that involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body. These points are believed to be connected to channels or meridians that regulate the flow of energy or Qi (pronounced “chee”) in the body. When the Qi is blocked or imbalanced, it can lead to various health problems, including asthma.
Acupuncture helps restore Qi’s balance by stimulating the nervous system and releasing natural painkillers and anti-inflammatory substances in the body. It also helps to relax the muscles around the airways and reduce mucus production, which can ease asthma symptoms.
Research Shows Positive Results
Research conducted in the United States has also shown promising results for the use of acupuncture in managing asthma symptoms. Studies conducted have found that participants who received acupuncture had significant improvements in their asthma symptoms, as well as a decrease in the use of rescue inhalers, compared to a control group who received a sham acupuncture treatment.
A study conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles found that participants who received acupuncture in addition to their usual asthma treatment had significant improvements in lung function and asthma-related quality of life, compared to those who received only their usual treatment¹.
This study suggest that acupuncture may be a useful complementary therapy for individuals with asthma, but it should not be used as a replacement for conventional medical treatment.
What You Can Expect
If you want to try acupuncture for your asthma symptoms, finding a licensed acupuncturist trained and experienced in treating respiratory conditions is important. The acupuncturist will conduct a thorough evaluation of your symptoms and medical history before creating a personalized treatment plan.
Treatment typically involves weekly sessions for several weeks to months, depending on the severity of your condition. The acupuncturist will insert needles into specific points on your body, which may include your back, chest, arms, and legs. You may also receive other therapies, such as cupping, moxibustion, or herbal medicine, to complement your acupuncture treatment.
2Dots Integrative Medicine Can Help Get You on Track
If you or someone you know is struggling with asthma, acupuncture may offer a natural and effective solution. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how acupuncture can help you breathe easier.