Acupuncture may help with relieving asthma and allergy suffering
Acupuncture has been used for over 3,000 years to provide a holistic solution to a myriad of aches and pains. For allergy and asthma sufferers, acupuncture is being viewed with new eyes as the country gears up for what is estimated by many to be one of the worst allergy seasons on record.
Recent studies have been conducted that lend greater credence to the approach, which has long been viewed with skepticism by officials in the medical community.
"The needle itself stimulates a point on the meridians and it sends a signal to the brain and the body rebalances itself to relieve symptoms," said acupuncturist John Zhang in an interview with WKTV out of Utica, New York.
Zhang and medical professionals discussed the healing effects asthma sufferers claim come from acupuncture treatment, though until recently proper clinical studies have not been conducted to substantiate many of the claims.
Dr. William Jorgensen of St. Elizabeths Medical Center in New York told the media outlet that mild symptoms can be relieved with many different medical approaches, including traditional saline solutions, humidifiers, cleaning products and inhalers. Jorgensen noted that many severe allergy and asthma sufferers claim that acupuncture has relieved many of their symptoms, though he cannot medically confirm a correlation.
A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine last week provided strong evidence that individuals with chronic breathing issues have seen improved respiratory health compared to individuals who don't receive regular acupuncture treatment. The study showed no change in symptoms to a group of people who were pricked with blunt needles that did not penetrate the skin.
The dry, mild winter has contributed to the extreme conditions for pollen production and the prevalence of other triggers this allergy season said Jorgensen to the news source. In combating seasonal allergies and environmental triggers, using HEPA air filters will make breathing indoors easier.