How Acupuncture Can Help Those With Asthma


Acupuncture is commonly known as a form of natural therapy used to alleviate stress and pain. Few people are aware of acupuncture’s viability as a treatment option for symptoms associated with asthma — a chronic lung condition in which narrow-airways prevent proper breathing function. While acupuncture is not yet a mainstay in Western medicine, developing research praises acupuncture as a legitimate treatment option for a variety of health conditions. Acupuncture may improve health conditions that have yet to resolve with traditional medical treatment. If you’re looking for a holistic treatment that can calm the effects of asthma, the acupuncture professionals with Gainesville Holistic Healthcare can help! Acupuncture can also reduce the effects of a variety of medical conditions associated with asthma, such as stress and anxiety.  For more information or to schedule a consultation with an acupuncturist in Gainesville, contact us today.

How Stress Affects Asthma

According to acupuncturists, stress is one of the most common triggers of asthma. While the majority of people will experience either acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term) stress at one point or another; these stress types can be especially debilitating for individuals with asthma. Asthmatic individuals are likely to experience stress-induced asthma when under stress. Stress causes many chemical reactions to occur in the body, including the adrenal glands’ production and release of cortisol, known as the stress hormone. Cortisol impedes the body’s ability to return to homeostasis (which prolongs the stress-induced asthma) by negatively affecting blood sugar, metabolism and mental health. Symptoms of stress-induced asthma include:

  • Wheezing;
  • Coughing;
  • Tightness of the chest;
  • Shortness of breath; and
  • Rapid breathing.

Asthma inhalers are portable medical devices that deliver medicine directly to the lungs and can provide short-term relief of an asthma attack. However, stress-induced asthma requires an extra step of treatment — stress reduction, for which professional massage therapy and acupuncture therapy can help you achieve.

Acupuncture Can Alleviate Asthma Symptoms

A derivative of ancient Chinese medicine, acupuncture is a cornerstone in modern homeopathic medicine. Acupuncture in Gainesville, FL, with Gainesville Holistic Healthcare utilizes a holistic approach. The focus of treatment is to achieve overall health and well-being by eliminating troublesome asthma symptoms. Through the insertion of tiny, sterile needles into specific points on the body, acupuncture stimulates the qi, or the body’s energy flow, and the blood for improved blood circulation; the release of stress and anxiety; and increased flow of oxygen to the lungs, while promoting the expansion of airways.

Unlike many Western-medicine based treatments, acupuncture is a relatively low-risk procedure that most people are able to try. Even so, it’s important to note that the effects of acupuncture treatment on respiratory condition symptoms, as those with asthma, vary from person to person.

Alternative, homoeopathic treatments are not intended to replace an inhaler and other traditional medicinal treatments. With that said, professional acupuncture treatments with Gainesville Holistic Healthcare can provide asthma sufferers relief by restoring balance to the mind, body and soul through a holistic approach.

Professional Acupuncturists In Gainesville, FL

For individuals with asthma, experiencing stress and anxiety can significantly impact the quality of life in ways that transcend the typical difficulties associated with asthma. Gainesville Holistic Healthcare provides those with asthma a holistic approach to the treatment of symptoms for asthma. A licensed acupuncturist will discuss goals of acupuncture treatment with you, incorporate the treatment into a pre-established plan, and make sure you feel comfortable throughout every session. For more information, or to schedule an appointment for acupuncture in Gainesville, FL  contact Gainesville Holistic Healthcare today!

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