Acupuncture is a healing system that has been practised for thousands of years in the East and these days it continues to grow in popularity in the Western World. If you know nothing about acupuncture it may seem odd that sticking needles in a person could alleviate various health conditions, including bronchitis.
When I first experienced acupuncture I did not know much about the underlying theory as to why it should work, all I knew is that part of my friends had enjoyed its benefits.
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My first experience of it was for horrible back pain that did not allow me to sleep and one session of acupuncture did the job. After this I knew it worked but was curious to find out how.
There are actually two predominant schools of thought as to why acupuncture works. Traditional acupuncture, which rests on the ancient healing system that has its origins in the east, believes that the needles are being inserted into points which relate to different parts of the body that lie upon meridians.
This system believes that qi (energy) travels along these 12 meridians (channels) and if it's out of balance, disease can occur. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners will diagnose a patient with a variety of diagnostic tools and often use acupuncture to begin treatment, and support the treatment program with herbs.
The other school of thought is medical acupuncture. Those who practise according to this system feel that the needles stimulate the patient's central nervous system. The nervous system will then produce hormones and chemicals.
Regardless of whether you believe in any of these systems, or whether you'd prefer to 'see before you would believe' or feel, in this instance, there are those who believe that acupuncture can help alleviate the symptoms of bronchitis. In fact not only that but it could help prevent future attacks and improve overall lung function.
Most bronchitis cases are the product of a virus. Antibiotics are only designed to treat bacterial infections. Many doctors are aware that antibiotics are ineffective for bronchitis, but prescribe them anyway because they feel pressured by the patient to treat something besides the symptoms.
The main airways of the lungs are called bronchi. An infection that causes them to be inflamed and irritated is what we call bronchitis, with the main symptom being a hacking cough. In some cases the cough is accompanies by a mucus of a sort of yellowish grey colour.
Those practising TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) believe that bronchitis is either caused by internal or external pathogenic factors.
External pathogenic factors are seasonal pathogens and internal are internal organ disorders. Generally it is a fact that acute bronchitis is caused by external factors and chronic bronchitis is caused by internal factors.
The NHS (National Health Service) in the UK states on its web site, that most cases of bronchitis can be managed at home and that there's no cure for chronic bronchitis.
Acupuncture will help to increase the immune system and restore the patient's entire health system back into balance. Lung function will be strengthened. These main elements become more balanced and stronger after the agreed amount of acupuncture treatments. This means that there's a higher chance of preventing future attacks.
Acupuncture treatments will likewise reduce the inflammation of secretions, lessens congestion and decreases reactivity to physical or chemical factors which are irritants.
The course of treatments will be determined after diagnosis by a qualified practitioner and can vary per person, due to physiology, symptoms, and other factors. Generally acute bronchitis requires a few sessions whilst chronic bronchitis may require a plan of between ten to fifteen sessions.