Respiratory disorders include conditions that affect the nasal passages, bronchial tubes and lungs, making breathing difficult. Symptoms may include sinus inflammation, frequent coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest tightness or pain. Acupuncture is an effective treatment option to reduce respiratory symptoms and strengthen the body's immune system and overall function. Acupuncture and certain acupressure techniques can help to relieve sinus pressure and inflammation, allowing the sinuses to properly fight bacteria and other germs, and restore breathing. Acupuncture is also effective in reducing inflammation within the bronchial airways, opening up the breathing passages.
Reasons for Acupuncture
Acupuncture helps to reduce allergic responses and repair the respiratory system. For people with allergies, acupuncture treatment focuses on the overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens. Other treatments focus on reducing inflammation, relieving congestion, and opening the nasal passages. Acupuncture may be used to reduce symptoms of certain respiratory disorders, including:
- Common cold
Symptoms such as nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, runny nose, headaches, and sinus pressure, respond well to acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture may also help to reduce the frequency and intensity of asthmatic attacks over a period of time.
Depending on the condition being treated, different methods of acupuncture may be used. Traditional acupuncture, using fine needles on specific points of the body, can help to strengthen the immune system. Certain acupressure massage techniques can relieve sinus pressure and inflammation, helping the sinuses to drain. In addition, practitioners may massage specific points in the body, that correspond to the functions of the organs involved in the respiratory system. Cupping techniques may also be used to activate the lymphatic system and release toxins.