ACUPUNCTURE & CHINESE MEDICINE:
ASTHMA HERVEY BAY
How Common is Asthma in Australia?
In 2008, Australia recorded that 10% of the population suffered from asthma, and in 2009 at least one person died from asthma every day. By 2015, Australia had over 2 million asthma sufferers, and half the people with asthma over the age of 55 were yet to be diagnosed. Asthma is also on the rise in other modern countries such as the UK, USA, and New Zealand, but it is much rarer in countries like China, Malaysia, and Africa. It’s estimated to affect 10% of the world’s population.
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting the airways passages. It is characterised by constricted airways that limit airflow in and out of the lungs, increased sensitivity to stimuli, increased mucous secretions, and oedema. Modern medicine helps asthma sufferers through education, avoiding triggers, and medications such as bronchodilators and corticosteroids, which are effective for managing asthma attacks through immune suppression.
How is Asthma diagnosed?
Asthma is diagnosed through a combination of medical history, physical examination, and lung function tests such as spirometry. A healthcare provider may also consider other factors like allergies and a family history of asthma.
The symptoms of asthma may include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
- Coughing, especially at night or early in the morning These symptoms can vary in intensity and may be exacerbated by specific triggers.
Modern medicine helps asthma sufferers through education, avoiding triggers and medications such as bronchodilators and corticosteroids. Both are effective for managing asthma attacks through immune suppression.
How does Chinese Medicine view Asthma?
In Chinese Medicine, asthma is often seen as a result of an imbalance in the Lung and Kidney Qi (energy). The condition may be linked to factors such as weak Lung Qi, phlegm obstruction, or external pathogenic influences like cold and dampness.
How Does Chinese Medicine Support Asthma Sufferers?
Chinese medicine developed through trial and error and observation.
The goal of Chinese medicine is to restore harmony in the body’s natural health.
What is the current research status on Acupuncture and Asthma?
Recent research titled “Acupuncture for Chronic Asthma: A Randomized Controlled Trial” explored the potential benefits of acupuncture for asthma management. The study found that acupuncture might provide some relief for chronic asthma symptoms. You can read more about this research here.
Here’s additional research on Chinese medicine and asthma
Acupuncture has had the most research out of all the Chinese medicine treatments. The results show moderate quality evidence of
lung function improvements in adults. Acupuncture is classed as “potentially positive” for adult asthma.
- Liu CF, Chien LW. “Efficacy of acupuncture in children with asthma: a systematic review.” (2015) – Acupuncture may improve peak expiratory flow or peak expiratory flow variability; insufficient evidence; low quality evidence.
- Lee SH, et al. “Acupoint Herbal Patching for Asthma: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.” (2016) – Superior to sham in improving FEV1 and asthma symptoms; low quality evidence.
- Su L, et al. “Acupoint Application for Asthma Therapy in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.” (2016) – Acupuncture improved FEV1/FVC, IL and IgE (moderate quality evidence) but not ECP.
What is involved in an Acupuncture session?
An acupuncture session for asthma typically involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific points that correspond to the Lung and Kidney meridians. The treatment aims to balance the body’s energy, reduce phlegm, and strengthen the respiratory system.
What other modalities may be included in my session?
Other modalities like cupping, herbal medicine, or dietary therapy may be included in your session. These complementary treatments can enhance the effects of acupuncture and provide a holistic approach to managing asthma.
Can I claim insurance for an Acupuncture session?
Yes, many health insurance providers in Australia cover acupuncture sessions. It’s wise to consult with your specific provider to understand the coverage details.
Is there anything I should do before or after my acupuncture session?
Before your session, avoid heavy meals and stimulants like caffeine. After the session, take time to rest and avoid exposure to cold or damp environments that may trigger asthma symptoms.
What is the easiest way to book my acupuncture session?
Booking your acupuncture session is easy. You can call us or book online through our website.
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