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Monday, August 28, 2023

Does Acupuncture Work For Asthma?

Your question: o you think that acupuncture is of any help in dealing with asthma?

My humble answer: 

Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese therapy, involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow and promote healing. What are my thoughts on its effectiveness for asthma? 

I have no experience with acupuncture either as a patient nor as a respiratory therapist. Although I am familiar with it based on various articles I have read on the topic. I have also had discussions with a few asthma friends who have tried it. Some say it helps while others say it does nothing.

These testimonies seem to correlate with study results, with some studies showing mild benefits in symptom reduction, while others have found no significant improvements compared to a placebo or standard asthma treatment. So, while some asthma patients report experiencing relief and improved lung function after acupuncture sessions, scientific evidence on its efficacy remains inconclusive.

It's essential to remember that asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that requires proper medical management, including controller and rescue medications, as prescribed by a qualified healthcare provider. Acupuncture, if used, should be considered as a complementary therapy and not a replacement for evidence-based medical treatments.

If you are considering acupuncture as a part of your asthma management, it's crucial to discuss this with your healthcare provider, who can offer personalized advice based on your specific medical history and needs. They can help you make an informed decision about incorporating acupuncture into your asthma treatment plan.

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