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Acupuncture for Asthma Dawn Balusik Licensed Acupuncture Physician Certified Chinese Herbalist Licensed Massage Therapist www.AcupunctureByDawn.com (727)723-3888 What is Asthma? “Asthma” is Greek word for “breathlessness.”

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acupuncture for asthma

Acupuncture for Asthma

Dawn Balusik

Licensed Acupuncture Physician

Certified Chinese Herbalist

Licensed Massage Therapist

www.AcupunctureByDawn.com

(727)723-3888

what is asthma
What is Asthma?
  • “Asthma” is Greek word for “breathlessness.”
  • Recurrent attacks of shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing of phlegm.
  • Feeling of suffocation.
  • Varies in severity from mild wheezing & shortness of breath to life threatening respiratory failure.

www.AcupunctureByDawn.com

(727)723-3888

asthma statistics
Asthma Statistics
  • 17 Million Americans have asthma
  • 5 Million of them are under age 18 (1 in 20 kids)
  • 14 Americans die from asthma daily
  • Is the leading cause for kids to be hospitalized
  • 100,000 people diagnosed with it in Tampa Bay Area
  • Expected to rise to 30 Million Americans by 2020

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asthma attacks
Asthma Attacks
  • Inflammation in Lung airways causes:
      • Contraction of airway muscles
      • Production of mucous
      • Swelling of the airways
  • Immune system imbalance that causes hypersensitivity and inflammation in response to a trigger.

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common asthma triggers
Common Asthma Triggers
  • Pollen, Mold, Animal Dander, Dust Mites
  • Cigarette smoke, household cleaners, room fresheners, candles, incense, varnish, talcum powder, chalk dust, lawn & pest spray
  • Food additives, foods with sulfites
  • Emotional stress, fatigue, infection, hormonal and climate fluctuations.

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common treatments
Common Treatments
  • Pharmaceutical Medications:
    • good for life-saving emergency situations
    • poor for long-term management:
    • Do not address underlying cause, only treat the symptoms.
    • Do not promote overall health & wellbeing.
    • Do not decrease need for more medication, in fact, can cause dependence.

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asthma drug side effects
Asthma Drug Side Effects
  • Bronchodilators – nausea, vomiting, headache, nervousness, restlessness, insomnia.
  • Corticosteroids – reduce ability to recover from trauma/surgery/infection, dry mouth, suppressed growth in children, coughing, increased appetite, weight gain, fluid retention, mood swings, increased cholesterol, osteoporosis, thinning of skin, diabetes, cataracts, muscle weakness.
  • Antihistamines – drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation, confusion, nightmares, nervousness, restlessness, irritability.

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oriental medicine for asthma
Oriental Medicine for Asthma
  • …considers asthma to be an indicator of an underlying health imbalance.
  • …treats the underlying root imbalance, rather than just the symptoms.
  • …considers all lifestyle & environmental factors when deciding the best course of treatment.
  • …includes nutritional & lifestyle recommendations.
  • Once the underlying imbalance is taken care of, the symptoms resolve, and the triggers lose their impact.

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asthma according to o m
Asthma According to O.M.
  • Deficiency of Energy (Qi) of the Lung, Spleen, and/or Kidneys. Plus, Accumulation of Phlegm (hot or cold type).
  • Caused by inappropriate diet, food additives, toxin exposure, repeated respiratory infection, genetics, emotional strain, lack of exercise, overwork, and even the asthma medications themselves can further contribute to the deficiency.

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acupuncture
Acupuncture
  • “The data in support of Acupuncture are as strong as those for many accepted Western Medical therapies….
  • ….One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions.”

- from the National Institute of Health, Consensus Statement on Acupuncture.

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acupuncture for asthma11
Acupuncture for Asthma
  • Acupuncture reduces the frequency & severity of asthma attacks.
  • Acupuncture promotes overall health and wellbeing.
  • Studies show that an average of 73% of patients with long standing asthma report a significant improvement of their ailments after 10 weeks of acupuncture treatment.
  • Some patients are able to get off of their medications altogether, and never experience asthma again!

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asthma food intolerance
Asthma & Food Intolerance
  • Most asthmatics have some food intolerance that is contributing.
  • Common problem foods are:
    • High gluten cereal grains (wheat, oats)
    • Dairy products, cheese, eggs
    • Refined sugars, chocolate, food additives
    • Shellfish, nuts

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nutrition asthma
Nutrition & Asthma
  • Obesity & a diet high in saturated fats is found to increase incidents of asthma.
  • Diets rich in vegetables, fiber, natural vitamins and minerals, and poly-unsaturated fats have much lower incidents of asthma.
  • Replacing sodas, coffee, alcohol and juices with 8 glasses of water per day makes a profound difference in phlegm production.

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chinese herbs for asthma
Chinese Herbs for Asthma
  • …have been used for 3000 years.
  • …are prescribed in formulas that combine herbs synergistically to be more effective and to moderate any harsh effects.
  • …are very safe, with few to no side effects.
  • …address the underlying root cause, as well as the symptoms.

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conclusion
Conclusion
  • Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine is a safe, natural and effective long-term management of asthma. It addresses the underlying root cause of the problem, and builds the health of the entire person, reducing, and in some cases altogether eliminating, the symptoms.

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(727)723-3888