That lingering cough may be the result of a nasal drip that could eventually turn into bronchitis. Bronchitis is described by the Mayo Clinic as, “an inflammation of the lining of your bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from your lungs. People who have bronchitis often cough up thickened mucus, which can be discolored. Bronchitis may be either acute or chronic.”

As your body continues to struggle with a constant cough, so many peripheral symptoms can arise as well including fatigue, muscle pain, headache and depression. Don’t let your winter health turn into a cough that eventually turns into bronchitis which could lead to a pneumonia when all you may need is an alternative approach.

Taking over-the-counter drugs and then visiting your conventional doctor for more drugs may be the usual path to attempt to heal yourself. Yet, the main cause may never get addressed and although you might temporarily quell symptoms, chances are they will return.

Addressing bronchitis with acupuncture and botanical medicine just may open healing energy you never even realized you had. It is a natural approach that cannot only reduce symptoms but may extinguish the lingering root cause.

Specific Points

Acupuncture uses points throughout your body that correlate with increasing or reducing energy needed for healing. When it comes to bronchitis, after an examination, your acupuncturist may focus on draining dampness, clearing heat and transforming phlegm.

An example of certain acupuncture points and how they may help address healing bronchitis includes:

  • LU1(upper chest) – Clears and diffuses upper lungs; supports lung qi (chee – life force)
  • LU7 (lateral wrist) – Diffuses lung capacity; strengthens nape of neck (area pathogens enter)
  • LI11 (lateral elbow) – Separates pathogenic heat; eliminates internal dampness
  • LI20 (lateral nostril) – Clears nose; disperses and extinguishes fire
  • ST40 (anterior/lateral lower leg) – Separates and disperses phlegm and dampness
  • UB67 (front lateral small toe) – Eliminates wind; clears head and eyes
  • Yintang (between the eyes) – Dispels wind; calms shen (mind)

According to a study in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine (1/95),

“There is evidence that in bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis, and chronic disabling breathlessness the use of acupuncture fulfills these to varying degrees. It can facilitate reducing pharmacologic medication and is safe, suggesting that acupuncture as an adjuvant in the treatment of respiratory disease might be safer than prolonged pharmaceutical maintenance therapy alone…Current published evidence reveals no reason to withhold acupuncture as a safe and potentially effective treatment in patients with bronchial asthma and chronic obstructive lung disease.”

Acupuncture may be the best start to healing your respiratory challenges this winter.

From Roots and Leaves

Botanical medicine is the basis for so many pharmaceutical remedies that attempt to make it more generally acceptable. In other words, Big Pharma creates pills that can be applied to anyone rather than doctors treating and prescribing each individual patient accordingly. In naturopathic medicine this is exactly what is done. An assessment is made and specific, natural remedies are prescribed.

In addition to homeopathy, clinical nutrition and nutraceutical supplementation, botanical medicine is an excellent adjunct to acupuncture especially when addressing bronchitis. Some botanicals and the mechanism of healing they offer includes extracts of the roots and leaves from oregano, turmeric, olive leaf, licorice and a whole host of essential oils like peppermint, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree.

In research by Israeli scientists, published in Evidence Based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine it was determined that,

“In this randomized double-blind trial, the effect of a herbal preparation [essential oils] on URTI [upper respiratory tract infections] symptoms was studied compared to placebo. Patients reported a significant decrease in URTI symptoms 20 minutes post administration. Analysis of a sub-population of patients with severe symptoms (46 participants) showed an even more significant difference between the treatment and placebo groups…Plant extracts are potential sources of antimicrobial and resistance-modifying agents and may be used to decrease antibiotic resistance. Moreover, utilization of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, including herbal preparations, could reduce prescribing antibiotics in cases when there is no clinical indication, such as viral infections.”

Botanical medicine for bronchitis is capable of acting as an anti-inflammatory for swollen bronchial passages; anti-microbial to fight new and lingering pathogens; anti-bacterial to reduce bacteria growth and mucus production; and anti-viral to prevent or slow viral loads.

If you are struggling with a stubborn cough or feel you are in the throes of full blown bronchitis seeing an acupuncturist two times per week could help. Add in a naturopathic doctor that can prescribe botanical medicine and this combination just may enable you to avoid synthetic medicines wrought with potential side effects. At Integrative Med Solutions, we will design an acupuncture and naturopathic treatment program that works for you. In many cases, insurance covers portions of the acupuncture treatment. Allow us to support you to achieve optimal health.  To make an appointment or find out more about how acupuncture and naturopathic medicine can benefit you, please call our office at 914.337.2980 or CLICK HERE to schedule an online appointment.

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