Asthma is a common condition usually associated with allergy. The incidence of asthma in Australia is particularly high. Statistics show one in 6 children and one in 9 adults in Australia suffer from asthma.
What Triggers Asthma?
People with asthma 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.
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.
Treatment of Asthma
Medication should be used during an asthma attack. During remission, it is advisable that one should build up one’s body resistance and avoid contact with allergens.
Medication used in Western Medicine is very effective in controlling asthma symptoms. However, there is increasing concern among doctors and patients about the long-term side effects of some of these drugs. Steroid drugs in particular can have serious long-term side effects.
More and more people are turning to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for treatment. 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 effectively increase the body’s immunity against the offending allergens, therefore reducing the occurrence of further attacks, without undesirable side-effects.
Using acupuncture and herbal medicine to treat asthma will begin with dispelling phlegm and relieving dyspnea to control the symptom. When the symptom starts to disappear, it will strengthen the three internal organs of the lung, spleen and kidney to strengthen your health and prevent recurrence. Treatment often includes dietary modification, the use of specifically chosen herbal recipes, and acupuncture by individual differentiation.
Certain lifestyle changes like eating less dairy, sugar and fried foods can also really help support the benefits of treatment. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs provide a safe, effective, reliable and relatively inexpensive means to treat this serious illness.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help 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
We can help!
Dr Jim Xing of Evergreen Chinese Medical Centre has used acupuncture and Chinese medicine to treat asthma successfully. Many patients with this condition improved dramatically after his treatment. Not only asthmatic symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath are reduced. The frequency of an asthmatic episode can also be minimized. In fact, many people can usually resume an active lifestyle.
Dr. Xing aims to treat the root cause of this condition rather than just to give temporary relief. In many cases the condition can be resolved completely. His treatment is always adapted to the individual patient. He takes time to inquire in detail about specific symptoms and treats accordingly.
Helped at the centre:
Many patients who had previously been suffering from severe asthma, and sought other treatments but to no avail, had their symptoms and condition effectively treated when they came to our clinic. This has given Dr. Xing a wealth of experience in treating this condition.
One lady had been having asthma for many years, and decided to seek treatment at the Evergreen Chinese Medical Centre. After just two or three treatments with acupuncture and herbal medicine, her condition improved dramatically. Now she feels extremely healthy, and wrote a letter to recommend anyone with this condition to see that this treatment is excellent.
A 3 year old boy had been suffering from asthma for 2 years, relying on Ventolin. Coughing & wheezing nightly, his condition affected his sleep, and resulted in a degradation of health. His parents decided to take him to visit our clinic, where Dr. Xing prescribed herbal medicine for treatment. After just one week, his asthma had completely stopped, and no longer needed to rely on Ventolin. Now, his sleep is back to normal, and he is continuing treatment to improve overall health and prevent reoccurrence.