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What is Asthma?

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Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition characterized by inflammation and narrowing of the airways, making it difficult to breathe. It is a common condition that affects people of all ages, with symptoms that can vary in severity. Asthma is typically triggered by certain environmental factors or substances, known as triggers, that prompt the airways to become inflamed and constricted.

The hallmark symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and respiratory discomfort. These symptoms can be intermittent, with periods of normal breathing alternating with asthma attacks, or they can be persistent, affecting daily activities and quality of life. Asthma attacks can range from mild to severe, and they can be triggered by various factors such as allergens (pollen, dust mites), irritants (tobacco smoke, air pollution), exercise, respiratory infections, or stress.

SYMPTOMS of asthma

If you have asthma, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Coughing, especially at night or early morning
  • Wheezing or whistling sound when breathing
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chest tightness or discomfort
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • Fatigue or low energy levels during periods of asthma exacerbation


Acupuncture can be a valuable adjunct therapy for managing asthma and improving respiratory function. By targeting specific acupuncture points, it aims to reduce inflammation, open up the airways, and promote overall well-being. Benefits of acupuncture for asthma include:

Acupuncture has been shown to enhance lung function and airflow, helping to alleviate symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.

Regular acupuncture sessions can help decrease the frequency and severity of asthma attacks, providing better control over symptoms and improving overall quality of life.

Acupuncture can help strengthen the immune system, reducing the risk of respiratory infections that can trigger asthma symptoms.

Acupuncture may allow individuals to reduce their dependence on asthma medications or manage symptoms with lower doses, minimizing potential side effects.

Acupuncture has a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to reduce stress and anxiety, which can be triggers for asthma attacks.

microcurrent therapy for asthma

Microcurrent therapy can be a beneficial treatment modality for managing the symptoms of arthritis and promoting overall joint health. The low-level electrical currents delivered during microcurrent therapy can have various therapeutic effects on the affected joints, including:

Microcurrent therapy has been shown to help reduce pain and discomfort associated with arthritis. The electrical currents stimulate the release of endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving substances produced by the body.

Microcurrent therapy can help decrease inflammation in the joints, which is a common feature of arthritis. The electrical currents have an anti-inflammatory effect, helping to alleviate swelling and improve joint function.

Microcurrent therapy promotes blood flow to the affected joints, enhancing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients necessary for tissue repair and healing. Improved circulation can also help remove waste products and reduce joint stiffness.

The electrical currents used in microcurrent therapy can stimulate cellular activity, promoting tissue repair and regeneration. This can contribute to the maintenance and restoration of joint health.

By reducing pain and inflammation and promoting tissue repair, microcurrent therapy can help improve joint mobility and flexibility. This can enhance the individual’s ability to perform daily activities and engage in physical exercises.