Updated: Sep 14, 2022
Fact: You will take about 20,000 breaths today. Let’s take a big one now...aaah, that’s better.
Now imagine having to take all of those breaths as someone with asthma, wheezing, and feeling like you can’t fully inhale. That’s the case for approximately 1 in 13 people in the United States who have asthma. Maybe you’re one of those people suffering!
Do you suffer from allergies or asthma? If so, you aren’t alone.
It’s estimated that more than 26 million Americans have chronic inflammatory disease asthma, while more than 50 million Americans have nasal allergies.
While most people resort to harsh prescription drugs to treat these conditions with awful side effects, a safer and more effective solution lies in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture.
Some people might turn their heads at the thought of treating asthma by placing small needles under your skin. However, this ancient practice is effective in the treatment of numerous respiratory disorders. Several studies over the past decade have shown that when patients with asthma receive regular acupuncture treatments, they have fewer asthma attacks and less labored breathing. Some studies show an even more significant improvement when acupuncture treatments are combined with Western medical treatment, as acupuncture is an incredibly safe, natural, and effective complementary treatment.
Now let's discuss allergies. Allergies are the result of the immune system’s wrongful identification of what it believes to be a foreign invader. When you are exposed to an allergen, your immune system may view the substance or pathogen as being a foreign invader, at which point it responds by manifesting symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, etc.
By restoring the body’s Qi, the immune system is given a helpful boost of energy that allows it to properly identify what’s a foreign invader and what’s not.
I like the sound of that, but what's the evidence behind it?
A study conducted by the University Medical Center in Berlin explored the efficacy of acupuncture as a treatment for seasonal allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies). Over 400 patients were divided into three groups. The first received proper and regular acupuncture treatments, the second received a similar treatment however the acupuncture needles were not placed in proper acupoints, while the third group was only allowed to take antihistamines.
This study was able to conclude that the group receiving proper and regular acupuncture treatments reported the greatest relief from symptoms as compared to the other two groups.
A study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found acupuncture to offer greater relief of allergies when compared to both antihistamines and sham acupuncture.
Great! How can acupuncture help treat me?
Professional acupuncturists often treat asthma and allergies by using acupoints found on the Lung, Stomach, and Kidney meridians. Whether your asthma or allergy symptoms are minor or severe, you should consider seeking the services of a Licensed Acupuncturist.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment that can reinvigorate your body and mind, alleviating the symptoms of both asthma and allergies.
Yours in health and wellness,