Do you suffer from Asthma?
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. It affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood.
Asthma causes recurring periods of
• Chest tightness
• Shortness of breath
• Coughing – The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning
The airways are tubes that carry air into and out of your lungs. People who have asthma have inflamed airways that are very sensitive. They tend to react strongly to certain inhaled substances.
When the airways react, the muscles around them tighten. This narrows the airways, causing less air to flow into the lungs. The swelling can worsen, making the airways even narrower. Cells in the airways may produce more mucus than normal and this can further narrow the airways.
This chain reaction can result in asthma symptoms. Symptoms can happen each time the airways are inflamed.
What kinds of ‘things’ can irritate the airways?
Each individual will have a different list of asthma triggers that irritate the airways. Some of the main triggers include
• Air pollution
• Aerosol sprays
• Cleaning products
• Dust mites
• Mould in your home
• Congenital weakness
• Chronic illness
• cold air
What can Acupuncture do for someone with asthma?
• Significantly reduce asthma symptoms.
• Reduce chemical imbalances in the body.
• Strengthen the immune system.
• Possibility of significantly reducing medication under GP guidance.
• Overall benefits will be significant and lasting.
• No side effects.
What exactly happens during an acupuncture treatment?
Acupuncture for asthma involves the insertion of sterile, disposable needles just under the skin at certain points of your body. This is usually the upper back, hand and lower legs when treating asthma. The needles are left there for about twenty minutes.
Effective acupuncture for asthma involves a series of treatments over a period of approximately 10 weeks. Sometimes this treatment is combined with specific breathing exercises to strengthen the lungs.