For people who suffer from chronic infections, problems with asthma, or allergies, breathing can seem like a chore. Conventional treatments for these things are typically temporary, like flu or allergy shots, steroid inhalers, or antihistamine medications. These things are not always guaranteed to work, or can leave a person drowsy, foggy-headed, and generally impaired.
Acupuncture & herbal medicine offer powerful & individually tailored solutions to these problems. Let’s have a look at each.
Colds & Flu
The flu is a lot worse than the common cold, but both are treated easily by herbal medicine. A properly trained Chinese herbalist will use natural dried and fresh herbs to strengthen your own immune system so that you can fight off the infection you have. Patients on herbs can typically cut their time with the flu by 50% or greater, colds are often gone within 24 hours, and the severity of symptoms while ill will also decrease.
What are different herbs that herbalists will turn to during illnesses? There is a very long list of possibilities, but a Chinese herbalist will commonly turn to herbs like ginger, honeysuckle, or forsythia. These herbs have an antibacterial & antiviral effect, are able to induce sweating or eliminate rashes, stop fevers, and can calm nausea. Chinese herbalists are well trained to distinguish which sets of herbs will be useful for the exact symptoms you have, and can cut your time with a cold typically to under 24 hours.
Asthma & Allergies
Asthma is an inflammation of the bronchi – the airways that connect the lungs to the outside world. Typically, people who have asthma will also have allergies to airborne pollen or dander, and have asthma attacks in particle-rich environments. These kinds of conditions respond very well to acupuncture.
Notably, acupuncture is not an emergency treatment, but it does help specifically with long-term symptom management, immune system regulation, and increasing lung & diaphragm strength. Helping to regulate a person’s overall immune system response will reduce the intensity and frequency of asthma attacks by strengthening the body against triggers, preventing the onset of inflammation, and helping to reduce sensitivity to environmental allergens. Increasing the strength of breathing will also reduce attacks, and can potentially reduce the use of steroid medications for those on them.
Relief is in the Air
If you’ve been struggling with these problems and can’t find relief, we are here to help you. We offer individually tailored acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbal medicine that has provided relief to hundreds of patients. Your lungs don’t have to suffer any more. Schedule your consultation today and breathe easy!