You take care of yourself, exercising and eating right, even boasting that you never get sick. Then, out of nowhere, it hits you. A particularly nasty cold, or maybe the flu. The illness passes, but after that things are never quite the same. You catch every cold in the office. A stubborn cough lingers for weeks. When you do get sick, you have difficulty breathing, coughing gives you chest pains and produces phlegm, and you’re exhausted, plagued with fever, headaches, and chills. By now you’ve stopped boasting, and have started wondering what on earth happened to your immune system.
The answer is simpler than you think. That bout with the flu? It weakened your lungs and they never fully recovered, making them more susceptible to illness. Other culprits include asthma, a serious illness in childhood, and exposure to toxic environments and mold, resulting in persistent coughs and acute bronchitis.
Acute bronchitis is the inflammation of the lung’s air passages, which tends to occur shortly after contracting a respiratory infection. Your symptoms may initially affect your throat, nose and sinuses, then spread into your lungs causing chest pain, a productive cough, fatigue, fever, shortness of breath and wheezing. Individuals who are most at risk for developing bronchitis include the elderly, young children and infants, smokers and people who have lung or heart disease. Traditional medical treatment for bronchitis may include rest, fluids, steam therapy, and a possible prescription to combat coughing and/or wheezing. Acupuncture therapy may provide a safe, natural and effective adjunct to your bronchitis treatment.
Acupuncture, developed in China more than 2,500 years ago, is a form of healing that involves inserting tiny needles at various acupuncture points throughout the body to improve health, treat illness, balance the body and prevent disease. Acupuncturists stimulate acupuncture points with the intent to activate your body’s qi – life force energy – and signal your brain to release hormones and chemicals that reduce pain and improve your health. Although acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, this alternative treatment therapy has only become popular in the West since its introduction in the United States in the 1970s.
Acupuncture therapy may help reduce your bronchitis symptoms. According to a study published in the September 2007 issue of “Zhongguo Zhen Jiu,” a Chinese medical journal, researchers observed the short and long-term effects of acupuncture treatment in 200 cases of bronchitis. Patients with bronchitis received acupuncture treatment during the three hottest periods of the year, which is the most common time for acute bronchitis attacks. In comparison with 100 patients who only made lifestyle changes, the acupuncture group experienced better short and long-term improvement in their bronchitis symptoms.
When you visit your acupuncturist, he/ she may ask you a number of questions about your current complaint, symptoms, medical and family history and lifestyle. he/She will look at your tongue and feel your pulse in order to develop a Chinese medical diagnosis. You will lie comfortably as your acupuncturist inserts tiny acupuncture needles at various points on your body, including your arms, legs, hands, feet and chest area.
If you are suffering from bronchitis and want relief, please contact our office at (304) 263-4927 today to begin an acupuncture treatment plan. Dr. Terry Chambers is a licensed acupuncturist for the state of WV.