Acupuncture for Asthma – Houston, Texas

Chinese medicine refers to asthma as “xiao chuan,” with each term referring to a separate condition. Xiao means wheezing, while chuan means shortness of breath. Acupuncture treatments are able to simultaneously eliminate both the symptoms and causes of asthma, with specialized treatments and targeted acupuncture points assigned to the various triggers of asthma attacks.

Characteristics of Xiao and Chuan

Contact Us Now About Acupuncture for AsthmaXiao is often characterized by dyspnea, an increased rate of respiration, whistling sounds during breathing and an inability to comfortably rest horizontally. Symptoms of chuan include flared nostrils, raised shoulders, excessive opening of the mouth during breathing and dyspnea. According to western medicine, these issues can result from asthma as well as other respiratory problems, including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and acute bronchitis.

In Chinese medicine, xiao and chuan are brought about by asthma attacks due to a variety of causes, including cold, heat, kidney deficiency, lung deficiency, spleen deficiency and more.

Acupuncture and Asthma from Cold

During an asthma attack from cold, the bronchi is constricted and the ability of the lungs to control respiration is reduced. Symptoms of this type of asthma attack include chills, headaches, absence of sweating, intolerance to cold temperatures, body aches and grayish complexion. Acupuncture treatments for cold usually focus on elimination of phlegm and sedation of the lungs.

Acupuncture and Asthma from Heat

Individuals who have an asthma attack from heat usually experience intercostal distention, coughing spells and a choking sensation. Other symtoms include excessive phlegm, wheezing, thirst, fever, perspiration, headache and a roaring sound in the throat. This type of asthma attack occurs when heat attacks the lungs, destabilizing Qi (energy). The acupuncture points chosen target asthma from heat.

Acupuncture and Asthma from Deficiencies

Asthma attacks resulting from deficiencies of the lungs, kidneys and spleen are usually combined with “upper excess,” which refers to stagnation of phlegm in the lungs along with a slew of symtoms. Some of these symptoms include dry throat, a frail cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, labored inhalation and excessive snoring. A variety of points around the body and ears are used to treat deficiency-related asthma.

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