Asthma is a chronic disease involving the airways in the lungs. These airways, or bronchial tubes, allow air to come in and out of the lungs. Asthma can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. This condition responds very well to integrative therapies. Different therapeutic modalities are like different languages that your body speaks – the key is to find the right language (or combination of languages) that your body will listen to. At Stepping Stone Acupuncture & Wellness, we offer many services that can benefit patients suffering from asthma, either as stand-alone therapies or in combination with one another. When it comes to hands-on medicine, we find that the whole is often greater than the sum of the parts.
Reflexology is a therapeutic treatment in which pressure is applied to particular points and regions of the foot to affect change in the whole body. Reflex points on the feet correspond to different organs and body systems, and by stimulating these points the practitioner can create positive change in a particular system and bring the body back into balance. A trained reflexologist can relax the chest muscles and improve lung function to help you to breath better, through focused work on the feet.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of single-use, sterile, solid needles into specific acupuncture points on the body to reduce tension and pain, overcome disease, and rebalance the body. Your acupuncturist will work with you to determine the underlying cause of your asthma from a Chinese Medicine perspective, and your treatments will be tailored to your presentation. Additional Chinese Medicine methods such as cupping, gua sha manual therapy, or moxibustion heat therapy may be included in acupuncture sessions, when appropriate. Acupuncture can relieve coughing and wheezing, reduce inflammation, reduce phlegm, and improve respiratory function.
A Health Coach is a supportive mentor and wellness guide, who can help you to identify food triggers for your asthma. Health Coaching sessions focus on looking at all aspects of your lifestyle and how simple changes can reduce inflammation and support your lungs, such as diet, exercise, supplements, sleep habits, work stress, and relationships.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine works on the same principles as acupuncture – but the herbs work from the inside-out, whereas acupuncture works from the outside-in. Herbs are taken in a formula of 2-20 herbs working together to create balance in the body, reduce wheezing and inflammation, and boost your body’s natural resources. Formulas are customized to your unique presentation of asthma. Herbs are prescribed in pills, teas, tinctures, powders, or raw herbs to decoct at home.