Asthma is a long-term condition that affects more than 20 million Americans. Caring for a chronic condition such as asthma can sometimes be frustrating, but it's important to remember that it can be controlled. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (TCM) can be powerful allies in the management of asthma, and they work well in conjunction with other types of treatment.
The facts about asthma
Asthma is an inflammatory disease in which the airways become blocked or narrowed, causing symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Some people have long periods without symptoms, while others may always experience difficulty breathing. Asthma attacks occurs when something triggers the inflammation of the respiratory system. Flare-ups can be severe-sometimes even life threatening.
One or more triggers, including, generally cause asthma attacks:
A cold, flu, bronchitis, or sinus infection
Allergies including dust mites, tree and grass pollen, mold, and animal dander
Irritants that include tobacco smoke, strong fragrances, and air pollution
Certain foods and food addictives
Aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs
Changes in weather
Strong emotions such as anxiety, stress, grief and anger
Generally, the available approach of asthma treatment is to try and prevent attacks. This is usually done with regular use of anti-inflammatory medications, inhaled steroids and leukotriene inhibitors. Once and asthma attack is underway, quick-acting medications like corticosteroids may be able to relieve it.
Quit smoking with acupuncture
Congratulations! If you're reading this, you are on your way to kicking the habit and becoming smoke-free and healthier. Ever year, more than 3 million Americans try to quit smoking, but only half of them succeed. With the help of acupuncture you have a greater chance of success!
Most experts agree that quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do for your health. More than 25 diseases are associated with tobacco use, including cancer of the lungs, bladder, larynx, pharynx, esophagus, pancreas, kidney, uterus, and cervix.
Smoking also raises the chances of developing emphysema and increases the risk of having a stroke by 30 percent.
How acupuncture can help
Some of the largest stumbling blocks to becoming smoke-free are the stress, anxiety and depressive feelings associated with quitting.
Fortunately, acupuncture treatment is quite successful at calming and realizing the mind, reducing anxiety, and alleviating depressive
feelings. Specific acupoints in the ear and wrist are used to accomplish this. Additional acupoints may be included that help suppress your appetite, stimulate repair and healing of organ systems, and reduce food and nicotine cravings.
Here are a few tips to guide you through your acupuncture care:
Drink plenty of filtered water during the process.
Eat balanced, healthy meals with a variety of vegetables and fruits
Refrain from sugar, which can cause further sugar cravings and unwanted weight gain.
Manage your cravings. They will actually fade within a few minutes. When cravings arise, distract yourself. Before you know it, the craving will have passed.
Scrub your skin with a dry brush or loofa to facilitate the cleansing process and help blood circulation. Take daily baths or showers.
Avoid spending time with other smokers so that you are less tempted to smoke.