The Benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine towards respiratory health 

Asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are a few examples that plague one’s health. Asthma alone affects approximately 5% of the world’s population and is the most common visit to the emergency room due to shortness of breath. While COPD has become the fourth leading cause of death worldwide.    

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is widely known for its effects towards resolving pain and mental illness however its efficacy for treating respiratory health in combination with other therapies is often underestimated. 

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The principle of TCM is to recognize health as a whole and not just its pulmonary condition. TCM focus’ on regulating the body’s self-healing mechanisms, maximize function and recovery, decrease inflammation, and boost immunity.  The effects that acupuncture, moxibustion, and herbal medicine have towards treating respiratory syndromes are similar to the actions of medications. Many medications dilate structures to help relax the muscles of the chest wall to promote smooth airflow or reduce swelling in the lungs to increase functional lung capacity. TCM techniques not only achieve these actions but also have the bonus ability to influence stress management to maintain and improve airflow and quality of breathing by calming the mind to continue blood circulation and reduce contraction of muscle tissue that may obstruct breathing ability.     

At the Huatuo clinic, treatments are specifically designed for each patient’s needs to establish a healthy respiratory system.  


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