Treatment of asthma can be difficult and frustrating. Using the asthma medications properly like the inhaled medications can be tricky. Using medications daily, the side effects of the medications can be problematic. And on top of this even faithful adherence to medication does not ensure complete control of asthmatic symptoms or freedom from frightening asthmatic attacks.
Due to these limitations of the prescription medications alternative therapies are often considered for asthma.
But a dilemma is ----whether these treatments work? And are they safe?
Will it Help?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest systems of healing practice. It is a form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), that aims to restore and maintain health by stimulation of specific points on human body. The acupuncture points influence the flow of energy, or Qi, in the body. According to experts on acupuncture an illness is caused by a disruption of Qi, or the flow of energy in the body. This leads to an imbalance of energy. Acupuncture by stimulation of the energy that flows along the meridians, or energy-carrying channels can correct this energy disruption.
However there is little evidence on the benefit of acupuncture in asthma---although according to some studies acupuncture may help improve asthma symptoms.
According to Cochrane Collaboration Review, (a not for profit group that issues information related to the usefulness of treatments for specific diseases) the effect of acupuncture on asthma were not consistent. Hence no formal recommendations regarding acupuncture as a treatment for asthma can be made.
What About Side Effects?ive procedure when performed by a properly trained and licensed practitioner. But like any other procedure there are certain risk and side effects associated with acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a low-risk procedure, safe and effect
The Bottom Line
Acupuncture can be of help in some people with asthma---but do not stop your prescription medications for asthma. Use of acupuncture along with prescription medications and treatment can probably be helpful to control symptoms of asthma.
Before you start acupuncture inform your regular healthcare provider.