Acupuncture for Coughing & Bronchitis Providence, RI
Even when you take care of yourself, the fact is that you can still get hit by bronchitis. It never happens suddenly.
It starts with a nasty cold or flu. While it passes away, things are never the same, and you get a cold and it lingers for weeks. You then hae difficulty breathing and you have that nagging cough that gives you chest pains and that sticky phlegm.
But that’s not the end of it. You become exhausted, plagued with chills, headaches and fever. It does make you wonder what happened to your body.
But really, the bronchitis didn’t suddenly come out of nowhere. That bout with flu actually made your lungs weak, and made you more susceptible to bronchitis. But the flu isn’t the culprit that causes bronchitis. A serious illness in childhood, asthma, and exposure to mold and toxic environment can seriously stress your immune system.
In Asian medicine, however, it is believed that bronchitis can also be caused by your emotions. Since our lungs and the ability to deal with sadness are connected, it is highly likely that you had a particularly sad event in your life that you weren’t able to deal with properly.
Unexpressed grief can leave their mark in our lungs, inhibiting the life force or qi from in that area of the body, thus resulting in bronchitis. If not that, then persistent cough.
How can acupuncture help bronchitis? Acupuncture gets to the root of the problem, that is, a disruption of the qi within the lungs, and freeing it up so you can breathe more easily. Over-the-counter drugs merely alleviate the symptoms. If you don’t get to the root cause of bronchitis, it’s going to come back in worse form.
But if you’re like most people, you’re probably skeptical about acupuncture and are doubting if it can truly help you. Here’s something in the way of proof: A Chinese medicine journal in 2007 published an article on a study that followed 200 cases of bronchitis.
In that study, it was found that the patients that received acupuncture treatments recovered better and improved their condition in a relatively short period of time.
Activating the body’s qui sends signals to the brain to release the hormones and chemicals necessary for the improvement of one’s health. If you’re having a bout with flu or are dealing with persistent cough, don’t wait for your symptoms to get worse.
Don’t take OTC medicine either because it will only repress your symptoms. Make an appointment with an acupuncturist. You could also try these methods to help you heal yourself completely in the most natural way possible.
* Practicing breathing or chest opening exercises like yoga breathing exercises and tai chi.
* Talk with a therapist or a good friend to help you express repressed emotions, or help you remember sad memories.
* Avoid eating raw and cold foods and drinks because they create phlegm and prolong your illness.
* Avoid eating dairy products because they can also cause phlegm.
* Make an appointment with an acupuncturist.
Making a few lifestyle changes like the one we mentioned above can make a huge difference in your health.
Acupuncture is an ancient healing practice that was developed in China thousands of years ago. It involves inserting needles at different acupuncture points in your body. Before making an appointment with your acupuncture, consult with your doctor first, especially if you have acute bronchitis.
Although acupuncture is generally considered safe, you could experience discomfort if you work with an inexperienced acupuncturist. Get references from your doctor for a reputable acupuncturist in your area.