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Asthma

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Acupuncture and herbs can be very helpful both in alleviating acute symptoms and preventing future asthma attacks. Acupuncture can ease breathing during an asthma attack, but more importantly, ongoing treatment addresses the causes of asthma and works to decrease the sensitivity of the airways and reduce the number of asthma attacks.

Asthma in oriental medicine can be divided into excess and deficient type. Excess type occurs when phlegm or dampness obstructs the air flow in the lungs. When qi is “stuck” in the chest, lungs would not be able to function properly. Deficient type occurs when lung qi is not strong to pull air into the body.  

Different types of asthma are :

- cold phlegm = unable to lye down on back due to severe cough, aversion to cold

- heat phlegm = thick yellow phlegm which is hard to spit out, red face, constantly thirsty 

- lung/spleen qi deficiency = always tired, shortness of breath, catches cold easily

- spleen/kidney yang deficiency = shortness of breath, easily tired, swollen face, cold body, chilly legs, lower back pain, knee pain

- lung/kidney yin deficiency = shortness of breath, face becomes red in the afternoon, dry mouth, constipation 

Acupuncture treats asthma by focusing on strengthening lung qi to strengthen breathing, calm allergic response, balance yin & yang, and open up air passage by eradicating phlegm or dampness.  

Dealing with asthma

The best treatment for asthma is rest. To prevent further attacks of asthma, it is very important to have a balanced diet that avoids spicy, raw, greasy foods and eggs, salt, preservatives, chocolate and nuts. Of course, the patient should neither smoke nor drink. Asthma can also be dealt by maintaining a clear environment to reduce allergen factors like pollens and molds. In addition, asthma patients should avoid extensive exercise and cold air.  
Allergies

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Whether food, animals or pollens, it seems like people are all allergic to something.  Common symptoms of allergies are itchy eyes, skin rash, runny nose and sneezing, headaches.  

Allergies are a sign of an imbalance in the immune system. Balancing and strengthening the body can be the best thing to decrease or even rid oneself of seasonal allergies altogether. Acupuncture is a great way both to treat symptoms of seasonal allergies, and to bring the body into balance so one need not suffer seasonal allergies in the future.

Acupuncture helps people suffering from allergies in two ways : 

1. Alleviates symptoms like itchy eyes, stuffiness, headaches and fatigue.
  
2. Brings the body into balance. 

Acupuncture is excellent at treating symptoms of allergies. Many allergy symptoms are located above the neck, that is, in the head. (stuffiness, headache, itchy eyes, etc.) This means that qi is not flowing smoothly from the head into the rest of the body, and vice versa. We need to open the channels in the neck and shoulders and allow the energy to flow.

Acupuncture can also treat the symptoms very locally: by placing small sterilized needles right on points of pain or symptoms like the head or side of nose, allowing the stuck qi to dissipate and move more smoothly throughout the body.

Secondly, though most importantly, acupuncture helps balance the body in general. This is done by taking a complete intake and doing a complete assessment of every client who comes for treatment. Acupuncturists treat very specifically and making sure that the underlying cause of allergies (and any other symptoms) are cleared. When body is balanced, symptoms disappear and health is restored. This is the main benefit of acupuncture; bringing a person into balance so that the body may heal itself either physically, mentally or emotionally.