Asthma is a serious, life-threatening respiratory disease that affects over 20 million people. The rates of asthma have risen tremendously over the past twenty-five years. There are two types of asthma, allergic asthma and non-allergic asthma. Allergic asthma is due to the body’s immune response to airborne particles or allergens. This triggers the release enzymes that line the bronchi surface and therefore, causes bronco-spasms in the lung, inflammation of the bronchial lining and production of mucous. Spasms, inflammation, and mucous causes the a suffocating feeling that is commonly experienced with severe asthma attacks, all due to a reaction to an airborne irritant. This type of asthma is mostly seen in early childhood, rise in asthma is predominant in the ages of 5-14. Non-allergic asthma is not triggered by allergens, but is brought on by exercise or infections and commonly occurs to individuals later in life. Non-allergic asthma, on the other hand can triggered by airborne irritants causing inflammation and bronco-constriction, but the body’s immune response does not react the same way as allergic asthma.
Conventional treatment options are limited to steroid inhalers and bronchodilators. These medications are effective in relieving the symptoms of asthma, but the side effects of long-term use can be severe. Common side effects such as:
Acupuncture and herbal medicine treatment aims to treat the root of the condition rather than just treating the symptoms. Acupuncture aims to treat asthma by:
Eliminating these food items will reduce the production of phlegm that clog the airway: