Acupuncture can help asthma tremendously by helping decrease inflammation in the airways and by helping decrease bronchial constriction. Acupuncture stimulates anti-inflammatory agents that naturally move and decrease inflammation while overriding the nervous system response that is causing muscle spasms or constriction in the lungs. Acupuncture is especially helpful for exercise, and or cold induced asthma.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine work wonders for recurrent cold and flus, and seasonal allergies. Unfortunately today, we receive mixed signals from doctors about how to treat and how to prevent from getting colds and or recurrent seasonal allergies. Left with over the counter medicines to treat symptoms so that we may continue our daily tasks, it can often take about two weeks (or longer) for a cold or seasonal attack to resolve. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be a valuable resource in the prevention and treatment of colds, flu, or seasonal allergies, and can also help you to recover from them quickly and easily.
It is possible to use Chinese medicine to prevent the infections of colds and flu altogether or when caught early, to prevent them from turning into full-blown infections. Studies have shown that certain acupuncture points are effective in boosting the immune system and the overall constitution of the body to help strengthen internal defenses for the long term. Herbal medicine can also be prescribed to enhance your immune system and strengthen internal physiological mechanisms that may fall short during or before cold or flu season.
If you do happen to catch a cold or the flu, acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help lessen the severity and speed the recovery time of illness. If you visit your acupuncturist at the first signs of a cold or flu, such as sore throat, earache, fatigue or body aches, you can receive treatment and herbal medicine that will help to relieve symptoms and repair your immunity so that your body can fight off the infection. Acupuncture treatments and herbal formulas are tailored to each person’s individual symptoms no matter how severe, while at the same time they prevent the illness from going deeper into the body. Also, if an illness is lingering, frequent and regular treatments (twice a week for one to two weeks) will help stop the pattern of re-infection and weakening immunity so that you can finally get over your cold or flu. For seasonal allergy treatment, we suggest that you start treatment before the onset of allergy season, to help boost the immune system defenses.