Asthma Treatment with Acupuncture in Downtown Toronto
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Asthma is a chronic disease of the lung which affects countless of people around the world – and it is considered to be a treatable disease with proper medication. Treating asthma can be frustrating, especially when dealing with daily medication that may have some unpleasant side effects. This has caused many people to search for alternative treatments for asthma – such as acupuncture. Research has been conducted which has shown that acupuncture can help improve the symptoms of asthma.
How often do you get acupuncture for asthma?
The length and duration of the treatment varies on the individual and the severity of their asthma, but consistent treatment provides the most benefits. For example, some individuals report an improvement in their asthmatic symptoms after going for regular acupuncture sessions over a span of 10 weeks. To find out what treatment plan is best for you, it is best to consult with your acupuncturist.
One of the main things that appeal asthma sufferers to acupuncture is that there are no side effects to treatment, as opposed to the side effects that come with the daily medicine to treat the symptoms. It also provides better and long-term health.
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How does acupuncture (Traditional Chinese Medicine) help treat asthma?
Acupuncture for asthma involves inserting fine needles in the areas of the chest and back that are over the lungs – with special attention to the upper part of the lungs that have points related to other parts of the body. There are multiple acupuncture points at the front and back of the rib cage that are indicated in helping alleviate asthmatic breathing.
In the initial consultation with the acupuncturist, there will be an attempt to determine what the root cause of asthma is, whether it is environmental (animal dander, dust, pollen and mold) or any other substances. Once that is figured out, the next step in treatment would be to figure out which specific points of the body will help alleviate the symptoms of asthma.
In traditional Chinese medicine, asthma is not just a disease of the lungs but also of the stomach and the kidneys. This enables the fact that there are acupuncture points along the lung, kidney and stomach. The theory behind this is that once the balance of all these three meridians are achieved, the overall health of the body will be improved.
However, while acupuncture isn’t a cure for asthma, it is a natural and preventative technique that is most effective when treating the initial asthma attack.
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