When the bronchi, which is the tube between the lungs and trachea, becomes inflamed, you have a condition known as bronchitis. Bronchitis can lead to symptoms such as tightness in the chest, wheezing, fatigue, mild fever, and productive or dry coughing. There are two kinds of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis usually comes with a virus infection (influenza or a cold); chronic bronchitis, on the other hand results in a cough that can linger for weeks or even years. Chronic bronchitis is usually associated with certain environmental factors like long-term exposure to occupational irritants (such asbestos or insulation), cigarette smoke, and pollution.
Acute bronchitis is usually the result of a viral infection and treatment often is aimed in the reduction of symptoms. This condition is often resolved quickly. Far more serious is chronic bronchitis as it restricts the flow of air to the lungs, causing the overproduction of sputum, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Eliminating smoking and avoiding irritants have shown to help lower the symptoms of chronic bronchitis.
Acupuncture is very effective in treating both acute and chronic bronchitis, as well as all forms of asthma, allergies, and colds. This treatment can benefit chronic bronchitis patients and patients suffering from lingering respiratory problems. The patient’s medical history as well as the results of his tongue and pulse examination can help the practitioner diagnose bronchitis. Although each patient is unique, the meridians of the upper back area, abdomen, chest, and the lung are often included in the treatment. Having been used for thousands of years, there is no reason to say that acupuncture does not work. Everyone is encouraged to give this treatment a try. Acupuncture is a safe, effective, gentle, and painless form of treatment. If you suffer from fear, anger, sadness, or grief acupuncture can help to bring back joy into your life. It also can help restore the proper physiological functions of your body. It is effective in treating acute and chronic bronchitis, in the process, helping you breathe well again
Scott Paglia is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Bellingham, WA and provides master level pulse diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Whatcom County, WA.