08. June 2017 · Comments Off on Acupuncture, A Viable Treatment For Childhood Asthma · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

Because it is a very safe and effective means of alleviating both acute and chronic, acupuncture is considered to be an ideal mode of treatment in the realm of pediatric healthcare. Nowadays, researchers have explored the use of acupuncture in pediatric healthcare, specifically in relation to asthma. But in order to fully understand acupuncture, we first need to understand what it is and how it works from a physiological perspective. Acupuncture involves the application of very fine needles into “points” on the body in order to alleviate a certain discomfort.

During treatment, the needles are inserted at an average depth of 0.3 to 0.8 of an inch and left in their place for around to 15 to 20 minutes.

How Exactly Does Acupuncture in Orlando for Childhood Asthma Work?

From the viewpoint of modern Western medicine, acupuncture works by stimulating the circulatory and sympathetic nervous systems along with several other bodily systems in given situations. The acupuncture points lie just above the 14 main energy channels in which a system of electromagnetic waves known as Qi or Chi Chinese flows.

The Chinese call asthma “xiao (or Hsiao) chuan”. This means wheezing and dyspnea in English. These two symptoms are considered distinct issues and are treated as such. Wheezing patients usually will also experience shortness of breath.

From a Chinese medicine viewpoint, the pathogenesis and etiology of childhood asthma is due to three factors. One factor is the infiltration of external pathogens which can include allergens such as cigarette smoke, pollen, heat, and cold. Addressing these external pathogenic factors will initially involve an allergy test. If certain allergens are identified, it is essential that any items in the household containing the allergens be removed. In Chinese medicine, asthma with a cold type can cause coughing with clear sputum, rapid breathing, and wheezing among many other signs and symptoms, while asthma with a heat type can lead to a sticky and yellowish sputum and a full cough among other signs and symptoms. Diet is another factor in childhood asthma. In diets that include fried, greasy, or raw foods, or seafoods such as shellfish, the likelihood of an asthma attack is increased. Identifying the foods that exacerbate or trigger childhood asthma and removing them from the diet can work extremely well in preventing asthma or lowering the frequency of attacks. The last factor is the root deficiency. Deficiencies can develop from chronic illnesses or a congenital issue which result in weakness. Weakness within the body can lead to a buildup of phlegm, as the water metabolism of the body is also weakened. In this instance, the lung, which is the storage and production of phlegm, becomes the organ mainly involved in the recurrence of asthma attacks.

There are a number of herbal formulas and acupuncture points that can be used to help treat childhood asthma. Chinese pediatric massage or acupressure may be used in lieu of acupuncture needles based on the health and age of the child. It’s important to seek treatment only from a licensed acupuncturist to prevent any pain, injury or infection during treatment.

28. March 2016 · Comments Off on Why a Combination of Acupuncture and Western Medicine is Required to Completely Cure Asthma · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Used for thousands of years as a way to treat various illnesses such as asthma, acupuncture traces its roots in ancient Chinese culture. Whilst the symptomatic and even severe conditions of asthma can be effectively treated by Modern Western Medicine, it is not designed to completely cure the disease.

One reason why is that asthma is a condition that involves more than the mere external symptomatic sickness of breathing difficulties, sneezing, coughing, and wheezing. This disease has also got something to do with your overall health, and the ability of your immune system to fight off allergies that set off the asthma.

Traditionally a way to promote overall wellness, acupuncture also helps enhance the strength of the body so that it may be able to resist pollutions it is regularly exposed to. The root of acupuncture springs from millennia of accumulated health and healing knowledge and practices of Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is based on the principle that a person’s body is electrically interconnected. Based on age-old theories, illnesses such as asthma can be attributed to abnormal circulation of life energy known as “chi” all over the body. Sometimes, a blockage may develop in the pathways where chi flows causing it to slow down and stagnate and it is up to the “sifu” (Master Healer) to locate the part of the body where the blockage has developed. The stagnant flow of chi and the eventual imbalance in its distribution is why disease appears in the body.

A skill first learned then mastered by the “sifu,” acupuncture is a method used to unblock the affected area using extremely thin sterile needles carefully inserted along the area in question and/or other distal parts of the body associated with the problem area in order to restore balance and the proper flow of chi throughout the body. When done appropriately, acupuncture can convey chi to the lungs so that he respiratory system can be tonified to make it more resilient to factors that trigger asthma attacks. Once a balanced flow of chi is achieved, the body becomes strong and begins to function optimally, which makes it more than able to fight off diseases.

Most individuals will start to experience results almost immediately after receiving a number of acupuncture treatment sessions. But to make sure that the benefits last a long time, the treatments need to continue until the asthma is cured completely. Acupuncture is often combined with the patient’s regular asthma treatment under the proper guidance of his/her physician.

Based on the teachings of ancient Chinese medicine, the flow and balance of good chi does not only concern the body. The environment plays a role as well. If an office, for example, or a building has bad “chi”, the people working in that place are likely going to experience ill health such as work-related asthma eventually.

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09. January 2016 · Comments Off on Why Studies Are Not Reliable Indicators of Acupuncture’s Ability to Treat Asthma · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

I have been diagnosed with asthma at a very young age but it was in my twenties when I began to experience frightening and severe attacks. Because of this, I can understand any asthma sufferer who desires to find an answer to his/her health condition that preferably does not entail the use of any drugs or chemicals.

Based on several studies and from personal experience, acupuncture has what it takes to help a person suffering from a certain condition. That being said, your acupuncture treatment should always be performed by a qualified and licensed practitioner, who preferably, has extensive experience treating conditions similar to yours.

The Problem with Studies

The problem with studies is that they are performed in a different manner than what acupuncturists normally use in their everyday practice. Usually, in a controlled clinical study, two types of acupuncture techniques are used which further leads to convoluted results.

What’s more, studies done on acupuncture including the ones for asthma therapy are small scale which often result in insufficient data conclusions that cannot be considered as valid and conclusive proofs of acupuncture’s efficacy and, therefore, not worthy of use by the general population.

Although clinical trials will often use a combination of acupuncture points that are commonly used for the treatment of asthma, these points are used in all the subjects in the study. The problem with this is that each treatment is unique for each individual because of a person’s unique constitution and manifested symptoms. The points used in studies lead to inconsistent results where certain individuals may respond favorably to the treatment while others may not. The points selected for needling are usually based on the type of deficiency and excess imbalance in the person.

Moreover, acupuncturists may also treat certain points located at the front and back of the ribcage to improve asthmatic breathing; in clinical studies and reviews, these points are rarely mentioned or considered.

Asthma Treatment using Acupuncture in New York

Much as adherents of acupuncture and acupuncturists themselves want to back up the ability of the treatment to treat diseases, there is not much encouraging evidence to prove so. Thus, the results of these studies are very misleading and hide the true potency of acupuncture in the treatment of asthma and other conditions.

How then can one make an informed decision on whether acupuncture can truly help with asthma? People often rely on anecdotal evidence of acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating asthma, and happily, there are many these evidences for this. Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine sees asthma and other forms of health conditions as a sign of an underlying disharmony. When a patient seeks treatment from a qualified and experienced acupuncturist who has the ability to diagnose and determine the underlying reason for the disharmony, it often leads to a long-term treatment of the disease.

Acupuncturists will often say to their asthma patients to not totally abandon their current medications during and after treatment. Having a sudden severe asthma attack is dangerous if you are not without an inhaler during the attack. The weaning out process should be gradual and the patient needs to have that choice of doing what is comfortable and safe for him/her.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Asthma

According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), asthma can develop from disorders associated with the functioning of the kidney, abdomen, and lungs. Hence, a lot of the potential acupuncture points necessary for treatment can be situated along the meridians connected to these organs plus also the meridian corresponding to the bladder.

There are a few meridian bladder points located on the upper part of the back that can be helpful for the resolution of asthma. These points are important more so if the organ dysfunctions are complicated by an obstruction in the flow of energy (chi) in the back. This type of complication can make the asthmatic breathing more severe.

When referring to the organs of the body, TCM sees each of organs more as a system than merely an anatomical part of the body performing a specific function. These organs are viewed as systems that embody specific energetic, emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects.

Based on traditional Chinese medicine’s Five Element Theory, the different organ systems interact with each other and are important in the diagnosis of the different patterns of disharmony in TCM. These five elements are water, metal, earth, fire, and wood.

The large intestine system is considered a yang organ and relates to the color white and autumn season. The lung system, a yin organ, corresponds to the element of metal. The lung system is responsible for waste removal from the body, skin issues, and respiration. An imbalance in both the large intestine and lung systems can result in feelings of grief or sadness, bowel problems, coughing, skin conditions, shortness of breath, and asthma.

22. December 2013 · Comments Off on Causes of Asthma · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

The primary cause of asthma among humans is still a mystery although medical scientists tend to think that the interaction between certain environmental and genetic factors can result in asthma, often occurring during childhood. Some of the factors cited involve:

  • Exposure and contact to viruses and airborne allergens during infancy or early childhood before the immune system has fully developed
  • Particular respiratory infections at a very young age
  • Asthmatic parents

If you have a family history of atopy or asthma, your airways might be more sensitive to irritants like cigarette smoke making you likely to develop asthma. Certain factors do make a person more likely to develop asthma than others.

Some scientists believe that improvements in sanitation and hygiene have actually made the immune system of people living in Western societies weaker compared to people living centuries ago. These scientists theorize that children living before the modern era have to adapt to a harsher less sanitized environment forcing their immune system to develop quickly which is not seen anymore in this present environment. The rather “slow” development of children’s immune system now make them at high risk for asthma and atopy which is especially true for children who have a family with a history of allergy or asthma.

Asthma triggers

Laying oneself open to many kinds of factors can cause asthma symptoms or trigger allergies. Each person has his own specific triggers that can prompt asthma symptoms and signs. They can include:

  • Menstrual period in females
  • GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease, which is an issue wherein acids from the stomach tend to go upwards to your throat
  • Preservatives and sulfites included in certain beverages and foods
  • Extreme stress and emotions
  • Medications – These can include Aleve (naproxen), ibuprofen, aspirin and beta blockers
  • Air irritants and pollutants
  • Cold air
  • Exercise or any physical activity that can induce asthma
  • Respiratory infections – Colds, etc.
  • Food allergens – Shellfish, peanuts, etc.
  • Environmental allergens – Dust mites, cockroaches, molds, animal dander and pollen among others

 

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10. November 2013 · Comments Off on Asthma Complications · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Two known complications of asthma are:

  • Pneumothorax
  • Status asthmaticus

Lifestyle Complications

People who suffer from severe asthma often end up in the emergency room. Since they need medications to control their asthma symptoms they also tend to suffer from the side effects of these medications. These factors tend to lessen the quality of their life and cause them to develop emotional problems. Asthmatics are often frustrated, confused or frightened and these can affect their life in such a way that they often end up not going to work or attending school.

Corticosteroid

Some asthmatics are prescribed with corticosteroid meds to offset the severity of their asthma symptoms. When use of corticosteroids are prolonged or used on a long-term basis, side effects such as skin dystrophy, facial changes, skin bruising and osteoporosis can occur.

Pneumothorax

This is a rare complication due to a severe asthma attack. Pneumothorax occurs when air starts leaking out of the lungs. Asthma can cause the alveoli or air sacs to overstretch which eventually can cause them to rupture. A sign of a pneumothorax is when an asthma patient often feels pain in the chest.

Status Asthmaticus

This is an asthma complication that can be potentially fatal. Status asthmaticus occurs when the person in the midst of an exacerbation does not show any positive response to any of his typical asthma treatments. When the exacerbation involves problems in breathing and chest tightness this condition can easily result in death.

Severe Coughing

During an asthma attack a person often coughs; however, some asthmatic patients can undergo bouts of severe coughing which may lead to complications like fecal incontinence, urinary incontinence in females and even a broken rib.

One other complication of asthma can involve the permanent restriction of the airways which affects the quality of your breathing.