Respiratory Illnesses and Acupuncture Treatments in Red Bank

Respiratory illnesses can be defined as any disease or disorder that affects the respiratory system. Respiration, or breathing, is an extremely important process in which the body is supplied with necessary oxygen while also ridding itself of waste products and toxins. This process is autonomic, which means that it occurs without any conscious effort.

Respiration is rarely noticed and generally taken for granted—until something goes wrong. Some of the most common respiratory illnesses include asthma, emphysema, and allergies, as well as infectious conditions such as influenza, pneumonia, and bronchitis (among others).

Allergies are an extremely disturbing and ubiquitous problem for Americans. Acupuncture can be a useful tool to help allergy sufferers alleviate symptoms without the use of medication. Allergy medications are known for carrying heavy side effects, including drowsiness.

With Chinese medicine (of which acupuncture is a practice) patients receive highly individualized diagnoses and treatment plans to address each person’s specific patterns of symptoms without the drowsiness and other side effects associated with many allergy drugs.

Asthma and Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese medicine views asthma as a condition in which phlegm and dampness block air passages and hinder the functioning of the lungs. This impairment leads to the respiratory obstruction experienced by asthma patients. The purpose of acupuncture is to restore the total balance and harmony of the body in order to ease symptoms.

Both the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health recommend acupuncture as a beneficial treatment for asthma.

Emphysema/COPD and Acupuncture

Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive and chronic condition that makes breathing difficult. Studies have shown that acupuncture may help to reduce shortness of breath, improve pulmonary functioning, and help patients’ ability to walk. In general, acupuncture helps patients to gain a better quality of life; this process may help those with emphysema to lessen or eliminate pharmaceutical intervention.

Infectious Respiratory Illnesses

Chinese medicine views infection as a by-product of inferior medical treatment. That is, Chinese medicine (including acupuncture) seeks to prevent disease by keeping the total body in a state of harmony and balance. Acupuncture ensures that the immune system is not compromised or diminished in any way.

Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation, located in Red Bank, NJ, incorporates a number of holistic, drug-free strategies for dealing with respiratory illnesses and other health concerns. Our facility includes the use of chiropractic, physical therapy, massage therapy, and acupuncture.

Please visit our Monmouth County facility to learn more about our treatment options for respiratory illnesses, as well as many other conditions.