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Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have long been used to treat asthma. According to acupuncture, a lack of energy, or qi, is the most common imbalance that leads to asthma. When there is too little qi, people are often very susceptible to asthma, frequent colds, and allergies.

The idea behind Acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatment is that it corrects imbalances in the body. Once the imbalance is corrected you feel better and healthier. Asthma may be caused by a too little energy, or qi deficiency. In Chinese medicine, immunity comes from qi, the body’s energy. Qi is similar to our general idea of energy in the West. It is the energy that gives us the power to do things, like work, study, grow, and exercise. It also protects us from getting sick. When we say, “I am wiped out, I have no energy,” you can also say you have no qi.

Acupuncture treatment focuses on correcting the root imbalance that is causing your asthma, resetting the body to be healthy. Acupuncture also helps to boost immunity preventing you from getting a cold. Acupuncture points such as Stomach 36 on the legs and Lung 7 on the arms can boost the energy in the body. Kidney 3, near the ankle, is also very effective for boosting energy.

The treatment of asthma may also involve Chinese herbs. Chinese herbs have long been used to treat asthma, The herbs are focused on correcting the imbalance and regulating the immune system. Most often, Chinese herbs are given as formulas, that is a combination of many different herbs combined which are taken together.
The combination helps to create a synergy. Herbs correctly combined together are more powerful than single herbs. They also work together to reduce side effects.

One formula that is often used to prevent colds with people with asthma is called Jade Wind Screen, or in Yu Ping Feng San in Chinese. This simple formula is good for boosting qi which protects the body from getting a cold. It has huang qi (astragalus), bai zhu (atractylodes), and fang feng (siler). Huang qi and bai zhu boost qi, while a small amount fang feng works to attack germs which you may come in contact with.

Acupressure can also help people with asthma. Gentle rubbing the points of PC6, LI 4, and ST 36 can boost your energy and immunity. LI 4 works specifically to treat frontal headaches.

Chinese cupping is a technique which glass or plastic cups create a suction on the
skin. This helps to increase the circulation at that area. It has been used with many different type of respiratory conditions. With asthma, it helps to open the lungs and increase the expectoration of phlegm.

It is also important to watch what you eat. Avoiding dairy and greasy food is important for those with asthma. Dairy often stimulates the production of mucus and phlegm. Ice cream and milk are the worst offenders. Yogurt in moderation maybe ok. For those with severe asthma, it is better to avoid dairy products in general to help the body clear out the phlegm.

Joseph Alban, L.Ac.

Joseph Alban, L.Ac.

Joseph Alban is a New York Licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Herbalist providing the highest quality Acupuncture and Chinese medicine care tailored to your needs.
Joseph Alban, L.Ac.

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