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Asthma

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What is asthma?

Asthma is a common condition usually associated with allergies. The incidence of asthma in Australia is particularly high. Statistics show that 1 in 6 children and 1 in 9 adults suffer from asthma in Australia.

What can cause asthma?

People with asthma tend to have very sensitive airways (trachea and bronchus) that narrow in response to certain triggers. In general, asthma can be triggered by allergy, infection, cold air, vigorous exercise and, possibly, gastro-esophageal reflux disease. In children, the most common triggers are viral illnesses such as those that cause the cold and flu.

The airway narrowing is caused by inflammation and swelling of the airway lining, tightening of the airway muscles, and the production of excess mucus. This results in a reduced airflow in and out of the lungs.

Symptoms of asthma

An asthma attack is often preceded by eye or nose itch, sneezing and a runny nose which is followed by shortness of breath, wheezing (especially when breathing out), and chest tightness or, a persistent cough. The cough is usually more obvious with exercise and at night. The symptoms of asthma can range from mild to life threatening.

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How TCM may help

TCM has been used for treating asthma for thousands of years. It has been shown that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine used in combination can often increase the body’s immunity against the offending allergens, therefore reducing the occurrence of further attacks, with minimal undesirable side-effects.

Using acupuncture and herbal medicine to assist with asthma generally begins with dispelling phlegm and relieving dyspnea to control the symptom. When the symptom starts to disappear, the lung, spleen and kidney are strengthened to improve health and prevent recurrence. Treatment often includes dietary modification, the use of specifically chosen herbal recipes, and acupuncture by individual differentiation.

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Certain lifestyle changes such as eating less dairy, sugar and fried foods can also often really help support the benefits of treatment, depending on indiviual circumstances.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are generally implemented in aim to:

  • improve and balance the immune system
  • reduce allergic reaction
  • reduce bronchial inflammation
  • adjust the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system in order to expand the walls of the airways
  • reduce mucus and phlegm
  • increase the capacity of the lungs

How we can help

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Dr Jim Xing of Evergreen Chinese Medical Centre has used acupuncture and Chinese medicine to help asthma patients for many years and has a great deal of experience in the area.

Dr. Xing aims to treat the root cause of this condition rather than just to offer temporary relief. His treatment is always adapted to the individual patient and he takes time to inquire in detail about specific symptoms and treats accordingly.

Book your appointment today

We are dedicated to helping you achieve the health and wellness that you desire. If you are interested, feel free to call us at our Frankston clinic on 9785 6688, or our Murrumbeena clinic on 9041 8879 to book an appointment today.