Asthma is an immune disorder. It is a chronic disease of the lungs. It is also one of the most common diseases for which patients turn to alternative therapies such as acupuncture for treatment and relief. Many people report significant, lasting benefits in just a few sessions of treatment.
Acupuncture is an ancient form of treatment based on the medical philosophy that energy flows through the human body in opposing “positive” and “negative” forces, yin and yang. Diseases, including asthma, are thought to represent an imbalance of these forces. Energy is said to flow through the body along certain specific paths, called meridians. By introducing needles into the skin at certain identified points along these meridians, the balance of forces is thought to be modified to the benefit of the patient.
The acupoints for asthma
Asthma can be tackled with acupuncture in a variety of ways. Points are selected according to the patient’s unique combination of symptoms and the acupuncturist’s style of practice. Most acupuncture treatments for asthma include:
- The lung acupuncture points
- The kidney acupuncture points
- The stomach acupuncture points
- The bladder acupuncture points
Once the energy blockages in these areas are corrected, optimum health is hopefully achieved.
Benefits of acupuncture for asthma
Acupuncture has been shown to have beneficial effects on the symptoms of asthma.
- It can improve pulmonary function
- Lessen the severity of asthma attacks.
- It help breathing in asthma
As an alternative or supplement to medication, acupuncture can alleviate some of the safety concerns associated with prolonged use of asthma drugs.