Paul Murphy Acupuncturist


Treating Asthma with Acupuncture

Good news, Atlanta is no longer listed as the number one city when it comes to people with asthma, but it still comes up among the top ten cities in the country. Is it any wonder why people are looking for relief, and finding that treating asthma with acupuncture helps?

More than 22 million Americans suffer from asthma with symptoms such as wheezing, night coughing, and shortness of breath, chest tightness and pain. It has been noted that people with asthma have twice the risk of developing anxiety and depression as people without this affliction. That is not surprising as the oriental medical belief says that everything in the body is connected. Nothing exists in isolation, what effects one part or of the body affects the rest of the body.

Western medicine can help control asthma but the problem with western medical drugs is that they carry strong side effects such as irritability, depression, and even thoughts of suicide. As opposed to western medicine, oriental medicine actually has a more complex understanding of treating disease such as asthma.

In treating a disease, an acupuncturist will treat the patient by mirroring the symptoms. For example if a patient presents with symptoms such as wheezing with yellow sputum and heat sensations it would be determined that something called “damp heat” is causing the problems. I may choose a formula that will clear lung heat, and dissolve phlegm. This will help to relieve wheezing and dyspnea. Sometimes a person can show cold issues that will require a different acupuncture treatment and a different herbal formula. This may for example have one that is not cooling but warming and will also dry what we call “internal dampness”. There are actually about a dozen different formulas that I may use to counter the effects of asthma. I’ll always ask an asthma patient if it is more difficult to breathe in or breathe out during an attack. When a patient tells me that its more difficult breathing out, I know we have to focus on the lung energy, when its more difficult breathing in, then the focus is on kidney energy.

People are surprised to find out that children respond very well to acupuncture. For children a condition like asthma has not had a chance to be ingrained by years of bad habits and conditioning. Acupuncture helps strengthen the immune system and with a stronger immune system it’s possible to throw off pathogenic factors that prevent kids from achieving great health. Children with asthma react very quickly to acupuncture treatments and I enjoy seeing how fast their condition improves.

Paul M Murphy has been practicing acupuncture for 15 years and is also certified in Oriental medicine. He has helped thousands of people over the years, and relocated his practice to Atlanta Georgia from New York City in 2007.

My Atlanta Acupuncture has been treating asthma with acupuncture for years. We provide acupuncture and laser therapy services at our locations in the Atlanta Georgia area. Please call 770.905.5560 to speak with Paul and schedule a free telephone consultation to see how we may help you find relief from asthma, or to schedule an appointment.

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