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Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Healthy Lungs

by Elizabeth Girard, MS, L.Ac.

Northampton Acupuncture for healthy lungs

I was diagnosed at age 4 with severe asthma. Unfortunately for me as I grew older my asthma grew worse. I was often hospitalized for not being able to breathe. It’s one of the worse feelings in the world not knowing if you are going to be able to breathe your next breath. I carried my fast acting inhaler with me everywhere and still do. I hate the feeling of having an asthma attack. Now that I have a child I hate it even more. It makes me feel like I can’t care for my daughter as well as I should because I just can’t breathe. I can’t imagine being the parent of an asthmatic. The fear of not knowing if your child is going to be able to breathe is unimaginable for me. There was a point that I went over 3 weeks without an asthma attack which is still a miracle for me. That was my first real experience with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

If you know me you know how passionate I am about what I do for work. I am an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. Very early in my career I realized that this was my true life purpose to be able to help people. To help people in a very real way. A natural way that works with their body, correcting what is wrong and supplementing what is weak. I not only have experienced myself the immediate change in acute lung symptoms of asthma but long term changes as well. I have seen allergies almost disappear and patients with COPD living healthy lives. According to research provided by the NIH (National Institute of Health) Acupuncture can reduce shortness of breath, chest tightness, cough and wheezing in patients with chronic obstructed pulmonary disorder. Acupuncture helps to relax the chest muscles and dilate the bronchioles allowing more air flow. Chinese medicine practitioners use acupuncture to “supplement” or “tonify” the lungs. It is believed that certain acupuncture points are needled in ordered to boost the “qi” (energy of the lungs). By supplementing the energy of lungs you can treat and prevent diseases. Chinese herbs and acupuncture together provides the most relief. There are certain formulas that treat shortness of breath, colds, sinus infections, bronchitis and many other conditions. Just like acupuncture there are also formulas that help to strengthen your immune system and lung “qi”. Adults and children of all ages can benefit from Chinese medicine.

If you or your child suffer from asthma or other chronic pulmonary conditions, please feel free to contact me.

To Health, Healing and Happiness!