Well known for its use in lowering the pain whether chronic or acute, acupuncture as a viable form of pediatric health care is rarely considered. Today, we explore the use of acupuncture in children health, as it relates especially asthma. To do this we must begin with an explanation of what acupuncture and how it works from a physiological point of view. Acupuncture is administered through the insertion of ultra fine needles into “points” on the body in relation to alleviating specific discomfort.
The average insertion depth needles is.3 -.8 of an inch deep and she is 15 -. 20 minutes of the meeting
So how does acupuncture exactly work? From a scientific standpoint, acupuncture with the sympathetic nervous system and circulatory system along with many other physiological systems to regulate the body in a given situation (see acupuncture NIH Consensus Statement, 1997 for more detailed scientific information). Common acupuncture points lie on one of the 14 major ships and points on the same ship, linked by a system of electromagnetic waves known in Chinese as “Qi” (pronounced Chee).
Chinese medicine refers to asthma as “xiao Chuan” meaning in English as wheezing and shortness of breath. These two presentations are considered separate conditions and treated as such. Often patients with wheezing expectant mothers, although the reverse is not necessarily true. The main difference between the two is characterized by wheezing “whistling” sound of breathing.
The etiology and pathogenesis of childhood asthma based on three main elements of Chinese medicine point of view. The first factor is the invasion of external pathogens. These bacteria can be cold, fever, pollen, cigarette smoke and other allergens. The first step in the treatment of external pathogenic factors is an allergy test. If specific allergens out, it is important to rid homes of all items containing the allergen in question. From an acupuncture perspective, cold type asthma is represented by wheezing, rapid breathing and a cough with clear sputum among other symptoms, fever type asthma is represented by a full cough with yellow and sticky sputum among other symptoms. The second factor in childhood asthma is diet. The likelihood of an asthma attack increases with diets that have large amounts of raw foods, greasy or fried foods, and in some cases, shellfish and other seafood. Recognizing foods aggravate childhood asthma child and prevent the food from their diet can be very helpful in reducing the number of attacks. The third factor, from acupuncture perspective, the underlying deficiency. These deficiencies result from congenital issue or chronic diseases that lead to vulnerabilities. Internal weakness leads to accumulation of phlegm, as the water body’s metabolism is poor. In this case, phlegm production and storage is located in the lungs, which become the main organs involved in repeated asthma attacks.
There are many points of acupuncture and herbal formulas that are useful in the treatment of childhood asthma. Depending on the age and health of children, acupressure or Chinese pediatric massage substitute for acupuncture. Be sure to take your child in licensed acupuncturist for treatment, and participate in the many families who have benefited from this ancient and powerful treatment. We look forward to seeing you!