Acupuncturist Questions Asthma

Can acupuncture help with my son's asthma?

My son is 9 years old and is suffering from an extremely severe asthma. While we have been taking the treatment, it is frustrating for us to see him suffer. Can acupuncture be of any help in treating his asthma?

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According to Chinese Medicine it is extremely important to control the asthma as soon as possible because this Lung Deficiency influence the functions of all the other organs. The Lung governs the Qi of the entire body. Yes, Acupuncture and food therapy should be started immediately. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a preventative medicine, for your child, we as TCM doctors want to prevent other problems that could develop later in life, that stems from the asthma. We also focus on prevention of asthma when a mother is pregnant. If you are planning to get pregnant again, I would like to help you through the seasons and through the trimesters. When a mother does not get sick during her pregnancy, that also enhances the chances that her child will not be sick in the future. When a mother eats foods that focuses on what the baby needs during his development of his organs while in your womb, this will also prevent disease.
Yes! Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be extremely beneficial for asthma. I've worked with both kids and adults with asthma to manage the symptoms as well as boosting the system overall. This makes them less susceptible to having attacks.
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Yes, acupuncture should be able to help.
Acupuncture can help him breathe better and also treat the root cause of asthma. Along with acupuncture, prescription herbs are a great choice. Consult with a licensed acupuncturist!
Asthma can be treated with acupuncture treatments and herbal formulas.
One of my patients had severe asthma for more than 30 years, but it has been controlled with an herbal formula. The patient had used an inhaler for several decades, but no more, so far, after taking the herbal formula.
Acupuncture definitely can help with asthma. In my close to 40 years practice in Chinese Medicine, I help many children who have asthma, seasonal allergy or eczema symptom, with acupuncture needles and other modalities.
Acupuncture is an ancient form of treatment based on the medical philosophy that energy flows through the human body. The symptoms show up in human body mostly because of the imbalance of the energy.
Personalized acupuncture treatments are established based on patient's unique conditions and circumstances. The most importance thing is Acupuncture is natural, safe and drug-free.
Yes! Acupuncture can definitely treat asthma.
In Oriental Medicine, asthma is judged in two ways. First, we think that the Heavenly Qi through lunsg does not go down normally but goes up and asthma occurs. If the function of the lungs is wrong, so Heavenly Qi goes up and it causes a cough. Second, asthma is mainly caused by weakened kidney function. The kidneys pull down the Heavenly Qi through the lungs. If the kidneys do not function properly, Qi will go up and becomes asthma. Therefore, Oriental Medicine treats both lungs and kidneys to treat asthma. If your son is nine years old, you maybe see the kidneys not functioning properly. In this case, you may feel a little taller than your son’s friends, or the immune system of your son may be weaker than usual. In Oriental Medicine, we are treating many asthma patients with acupuncture without side effects and non-chemical herbal medicine. Thank you.
I can very well help him and is a very safe option to medication.
Hi, generally speaking, acupuncture and Chinese medicine are very helpful for chronic issues such as asthma, chronic pain, respiratory issues, sleep, etc. So, yes, it can be helpful for your son.

However, "asthma" is a Western diagnosis and Chinese medicine would need to differentiate it a bit in their own system to know which treatment would be best. For example, it may be what we would call "hot" asthma or "cold" or "damp" asthma, it could be from a deficiency or from environment issues. To best treat, we would need to assess the patients signs/symptoms and come to a best treatment strategy.

We can work in concert with your sons medications or other treatments he may be receiving from other doctors and we can do quite a bit of work that can clear his breathing quite quickly in many cases.

In addition to acupuncture, we also have cupping (a suction treatment, which can help release tight chest to help with breathing) or guasha (a scraping technique that again would help release tightness and allow freer breathing). There are also herbal treatments, but those, again, would need a diagnosis to see if it is more cold/damp/hot environmental/deficient etc.

There can also be dietary, stretch, exercise, advice that can be given as well as qi gong (breathing) exercises to help him build his strength and increase capacity.
Acupuncture can be a very good adjunctive therapy in asthma cases. Some styles of acupuncture can even quell a coming asthma attack. But in most cases, an Acupuncture Physician who treats asthma will be able to give same day results for asthma.
Absolutely! Acupuncture can help your son manage the asthma and can also help with any side effects of the medications he is on. Children respond so quickly to Acupuncture too!
I am so sorry to hear that your son suffers with asthma. Yes, acupuncture works and help a lot of people with same condition. If he doesn't like needles, we have a needle-less way of treatment.

Hope he feels better soon.

Good day and thank you for your question. Although Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of Asthma, while treating children, I have found that utilizing herbal remedies and dietary changes have been very successful. Acupunture can be a little intimidating for children under 16 years of age, each child is different.
Yes, acupuncture can help bring more oxygen to the blood and help to open the airways.
Surprisingly, it is not a hard condition to deal with in Chinese medicine. The principle of the asthma treatment is to reduce inflammation and eliminate triggers of asthma. These triggers may not be conventional medicine defined triggers. I encourage patients continuing asthmatic Rx while getting acupuncture or combo of acupuncture + Chinese herbal medicine. Patients eventually become less depending on Rx. We also promote immunity of patients, so they no longer are sensitive to their trigger factors.