Bronchitis is a challenging condition. With oriental medicine, the most important thing is getting the proper diagnosis regarding the client's constitution and nature of their disease. Use pulse assessment, blood pressure, heart rate, temperature and ear assessment to get to that point. We need to differentiate between excess and deficient conditions or even conflicting signs to determine the best herbal mix to address this condition. Acupuncture can be supplemental, but herbal medicine is primary.
Charlie Sciutto, Lac.
In this situation acupuncture would not cure the bronchitis, but it very much could help strengthen the lungs and - very importantly- your son’s immune system. In the big picture, this would mean fewer and/or reduced severity of bronchitis bouts. Additionally, there are smaller details (such as stress relief and digestive improvement) that would give supplemental support to his body and mind as well.
I would imagine any improvement to be a relief for you all, chronic situations can be so tough! I would definitely recommend trying. Remember, acupuncture is a therapy, and especially for chronic situations, you will most likely need ongoing sessions, at least until improvements build up and can be seen for long stints of time.
Thank you for your question.
Since this is a chronic issue, it would be wise to find a practitioner you trust who can help in the times of large flare-ups as well as maintain so that flare ups are less common and less intense. This, again, would depend on the type of bronchitis diagnosed. Herbs could be a good choice for maintenance of symptoms and a good practitioner can also advise with dietary suggestions for both maintaining health and for prevention of flare ups due to seasonal issues or other reasons.
So, yes, acupuncture can help, but the strategies will all depend on how the condition is differentially diagnosed. I wish your son a long healthy life.
Thanks for your question and good luck!
His immune system is no longer able to contain it and he gets sick again. The best treat would be a combination between acupuncture and herbs to get rid of the original infection.
Hope this information helps,
Huan Wen Fang
Thank you for your interest, Mari