Asthma, Allergies and Acupuncture

Asthma is a disease where the bronchiole airways of the lungs become inflamed and narrow, limiting the exchange of oxygen and waste gases. When some one is suffering from asthma, the volume of air that they are able to breathe decreases. Asthma can affect anyone, at any time during life.

At least half of all asthmatic attacks are due to environmental triggers including allergic response to molds, pollen, dust-mites and pet dander. Additionally, tobacco smoke, car and truck exhaust, cosmetics, aerosols, and some medications can trigger allergies and asthma. Foods allergies can also be a trigger for asthma.

What can you do when you have allergies that lead to asthma?

  1. Learn what is triggering your allergic response. Track the onset of your symptoms, including your location and what substances you are breathing or eating prior to the onset of your asthma. At Frome Physical Therapy, we offer ALCAT testing to help you learn about intolerance to foods, environmental and chemical irritants.
  2. Limit your exposure to the irritant. That can mean staying indoors when a seasonal allergen is present. It can require that you making changes in your home to improve your indoor air. A premium air cleaner can remove particles and chemicals from your indoor air that are triggering your allergic response and asthmatic episode.
  3. Strengthen your immune system with acupuncture. Acupuncture offers one of the best approaches to support the smooth flow of energy in your body and boost your immune system.
  4. Manage stress – Aerobic activity, meditation, yoga and Tai-Qi are all excellent ways to help manage stress.

Respiration is an important corner stone to our health. Acupuncture can support you to get back on track.

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The contents of this article are not meant to be diagnostic or prescriptive. Always consult a physician before choosing a course of treatment.