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Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions Newsletter   Providing Natural Health Care for the Entire Family
Issue #2015-05b

How Acupuncture Can Safely Help With
Allergies and Asthma

Do you suffer from allergies or asthma? If so, you aren't alone. It's estimated that more than 26 million Americans have the chronic inflammatory disease asthma, and more than 50 million Americans have nasal allergies. While most people resort to harsh prescription drugs to treat these conditions, a safer and more effective solution may lie in the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture. 


Some people might turn your head at the thought of treating asthma by placing small needles under your skin. However, this ancient practice is believed to be effective in the treatment of numerous respiratory disorders, including asthma. The World Health Organization (WHO) even listed asthma as being "a condition for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed." This doesn't necessarily mean that acupuncture will cure your asthma, but it can help alleviate the symptoms and reduce the frequency of flare ups.

Acupuncture involves the placement of fine needles in specific points of the body, known as acupuncture points. The idea behind this practice is that placing the needles in these areas will restore the body's flow of energy (Qi). When Qi becomes stagnant, it leaves the individual susceptible to disease and illness, which is why it's important to keep it moving throughout the body. Professional acupuncturists often treat asthma by using acupuncture points found in the Lung, Stomach and Kidney meridians.

Of course, acupuncture may also help those who suffer from allergies. Allergies are the result of the immune system's wrongful identification of what it believes to be a foreign invader. When you are exposed to an allergen, for instance, your immune system may view the substance or pathogen as being a foreign invader, at which point it responds by manifesting symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, etc.

By restoring the body's Qi, the immune system is given a helpful boost of energy that allows it to properly identify what's a foreign invader and what's not. Whether your allergies are minor or severe, you should consider seeking the services of an acupuncturist. It's a safe and painless process that can reinvigorate your body and mind, alleviating the symptoms of both allergies and asthma. A study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found acupuncture to offer greater relief of allergies when compared to both antihistamines and sham acupuncture.

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  Acupressure For Asthma
Affecting nearly 1 in 12 people worldwide, asthma is an all-too-common respiratory disease. It's characterized by chronic inflammation of the airways, which subsequently triggers a wide range of symptoms like wheezing, coughing, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest. While some people assume asthma is nothing more than a mild condition with no real health implications, this couldn't be further from the truth. In 2011 alone, a quarter of a million people lost their lives as a result of asthma-related complications.

If you or someone you know suffers from asthma, you should consider using acupressure to treat it. While there's no known cure for asthma, many people have reported significant relief through acupressure.

What Is Acupressure?

Not to be confused with acupuncture, acupressure is a form of alternative medicine that involves pressure exerted on specific areas of the body in an attempt to restore the body's flow of life energy (Qi). Treatment typically involves placing the fingers, hand or elbow on the problematic meridians and pressing down with moderate pressure. By placing pressure on these areas, the body's Qi is able to flow freely once again; thus, relieving a wide variety of adverse symptoms and conditions.

In 2011, researchers performed a systematic review of the effectiveness of acupressure to treat various symptoms (e.g. nausea, pain, insomnia). In 35 of the 43 controlled trials analyzed, researchers found acupressure to be an effective form of treatment. Another study conducted that same year found acupressure to effectively relieve pain during child birth.

Using Acupressure To Treat Asthma

One of the many benefits of acupressure is that it can be performed anywhere, anytime. Furthermore, you can perform it on yourself, negating the need for a therapist.

If you suffer from asthma, try placing pressure on your upper left or right chest area, about three finger widths under the collarbone. Using two or three fingers, gently press this area and hold it in place for 30-45 seconds before releasing. In addition to treating asthma, this acupressure point is also known to relieve chest congestion, coughing and difficulties breathing.

Another helpful acupressure point for asthma sufferers is found next to the breastbone, also below the collarbone. Simply follow the steps outlined above by placing two or three fingers here and you should notice an improvement in your symptoms.

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Product Highlight
Respitrol (Heat) by Evergreen Herbs


Respitrol (Heat) is formulated to treat heat-type respiratory disorders, including but not limited to common cold, flu, asthma, bronchitis, and infections of the respiratory tract. 

Diagnostic signs and symptoms of heat include fever, cough, asthma, flushed face, sweating without much exertion, and yellow sputum. Respitrol (Heat) contains herbs with functions to clear Lung heat, dissolve phlegm, and regulate qi circulation.


Respitrol (Heat) is formulated specifically to treat respiratory disorders with heat manifestations. From the traditional Chinese medicine perspective, "heat" in the respiratory tract is characterized by conditions such as wheezing, dyspnea, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, common cold, influenza, cough, chest distention, etc. Therefore, Respitrol (Heat) contains herbs to address both the cause and the symptoms of this disorder. The herbs in this formula have antibiotic effects to treat the infection, broncho-dilating effect to relieve wheezing and difficult breathing, and antitussive and expectorant effects to relieve the associated symptoms.

Several herbs in this formula have antibiotic effects against various types of pathogens.
Respitrol (Heat) has marked effect to treat asthma, wheezing and dyspnea because many herbs in this formula have marked anti-asthmatic and bronchodilating effects. Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae) has a remarkable anti-inflammatory effect to reduce the swelling and inflammation in the lung. In fact, the anti-inflammatory influence of glycyrrhizin and glycyrrhetinic acid, two compounds of Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae), is approximately 1/10th that of cortisone.[10] In addition to treating the cause, Respitrol (Heat) is also formulated with herbs that treat the associated symptoms. 


Western Medical Approach: Treatment of asthma is generally divided into acute and chronic management. In western medicine, acute asthma is treated by bronchodilators that open the airway and reverse obstruction. Chronic asthma is managed by use of several categories of drugs, including bronchodilators, corticosteroids, theophylline, and cromolyn. Western medicine is extremely effective in treating acute asthma attacks, as use of bronchodilators [such as Proventil or Ventolin (Albuterol) inhalers] generally reverses airway obstruction within minutes. However, western medicine is not as successful in long-term management and prevention of asthma. These drugs do not change the underlying condition of the disease, nor do they improve the constitution of the patient. Therefore, long-term prognosis is often characterized by successful suppression of acute asthma attack, but no change in frequency or severity of recurrent asthma attacks.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach: Asthma is treated based on the urgency of the disease presentation and the underlying condition of the patients. Urgency refers to the acute or chronic nature of the disease, while underlying condition refers to the fundamental constitution of the patients. By addressing both the disease and the fundamental constitution, use of herbs achieves both immediate and prolonged effects.

Summation: Both drugs and herbs are effective for treatment of asthma. Generally speaking, drugs are more effective for acute asthma, as they are more potent, and can be delivered via inhalation or intravenous injection to achieve faster onset of relief. However, long-term treatment of asthma with drugs is often less than optimal, as these drugs tend to create tolerance and dependence. Furthermore, they do not change the course of illness, and do not reduce frequency and severity of recurrent asthma attacks. 

On the other hand, herbs are better for long-term prevention and management of asthma. Herbs strengthen the body and enhance its own ability to manage asthma. However, use of herbs may not be appropriate for acute asthma because they are less immediately potent than some pharmaceuticals, and have a slower onset of action. In conclusion, optimal treatment of asthma does not require choosing between drugs or herbs, but may be gained by embracing the benefits of both, by using drugs for acute treatment and herbs for long-term healing and prevention.

[1] Planta med, 1982; 44(2):100
[2] Yao Jian Gong Zuo Tong Xun (Journal of Herbal Preparations), 1980; 10(4):209
[3] Xin Hua Ben Cao Gang Mu (New Chinese Materia Medica), 1988; 58
[4] Zhong Yao Xue (Chinese Herbology), 1998; 648:650
[5] Zhong Yao Xue (Chinese Herbology), 1998; 244:245
[6] Zhong Yao Xue (Chinese Herbology), 1998; 878:881
[7] Shan Xi Xin Yi Yao (New Medicine and Herbology of Shanxi), 1980; 9(11):51
[8] Life Sci, 1980; 27(8):659
[9] Zhong Yao Xue (Chinese Herbology), 1998; 320:323
[10] Zhong Cao Yao (Chinese Herbal Medicine), 1991; 22(10):452
[11] Zhong Yao Xue (Chinese Herbology), 1998; 651:653
[12] Zhong Yao Yao Li Yu Ying Yong (Pharmacology and Applications of Chinese Herbs), 1983; 264
[13] Zhong Yao Yao Li Yu Ying Yong (Pharmacology and Applications of Chinese Herbs), 1983; 866
[14] Hsu, HY. et al. Oriental Materia Medica, A Concise Guide. Oriental Healing Arts Institute. 1986
5 Gottlieb, W. The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies, 1990; p31-32
[15] Yi Xue Zhong Yang Za Zhi (Central Journal of Medicine), 1967; 223:664

Recipe Corner







  • Tonifies Qi, Blood, Yin and Yang.

  • Strengthens the overall constitution of the body.



  • 30 g (1 oz) red beans

  • 30 g (1 oz) mung beans

  • 40 g (1.4 oz) lotus seeds

  • 30 g (1 oz) coix

  • 40 g (1.4 oz) sweet, sticky rice

  • 20 g (0.7 oz) longan fruit

  • 30 g (1 oz) black rice

  • 20 g (0.7 oz) wheat

  • 20 cc (20 ml) rice wine

Makes 4-5 servings 



  1. Place red beans, mung beans, lotus seeds, coix and wheat in a large pot and cover with 2 inches of water

  2. Soak overnight to soften


  1. Drain the beans Put all the ingredients in a rice cooker. Add rice wine and 3000-4000cc of water Cook

  2. When done, add sugar, to taste, and stir until dissolved. Serve. 

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Acupuncture Research


Evidence of Acupuncture Improving Seasonal Allergy Symptoms 

A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that acupuncture treatment helped reduce patients' seasonal allergy symptoms and the need for medication.




Participants in the study said that after the acupuncture treatment they had significant improvements to their quality of life, compared to those who did not receive the treatment.


These results are significant for people looking to rely less on prescribed and over-the-counter allergy medication.

If you or someone you know is suffering from seasonal allergies, refer them to an acupuncturist for alternative treatment options.


For additional information, read article here 


Lifestyle & Dietary Suggestions - Allergies & Asthma


Nutritional  Suggestions For  Allergies & Asthma


*     Eliminate all spicy, cold and raw foods and beverages from the diet as they constrict the bronchial tubes causing spasms.

*     A diet low in spicy, raw, greasy and sweet foods is also recommended.

*     To avoid infection, a diet high in garlic,

onions, and water is recommended.


* Stay away from cigarette smoke, alcohol, seafood, food additives (MSG, metabisulfite), and phlegm-producing foods such as sweets, dairy products, and heavy or greasy foods.

*     Supplying the body with vitamin C is important, as it is

greatly consumed by white blood cells when fighting infections.

*     Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day to facilitate the elimination of heat, phlegm and sputum.

*     Since asthma may be allergy related, eliminate foods from diet that commonly cause allergies, such as milk, eggs, shellfish, fish, and nuts.


Sulphites, used commonly in restaurants to preserve salads, french fries and avocado dips, are also linked to asthma attacks.

*     White radish is an excellent food to relieve cough.


Step #1. Take 1 white radish, approximately the size of a fist and cut it into thin slices.


Step #2. Mix it with 1 tablespoon of maltose and 1 cup of water and cook for 20 minutes.


Step #3. Serve the radish and the juice when they cool to room temperature.


Step #4. Another easier method is to mix the slices of white radish with honey. Wait for 30 minutes and drink the fluids that are secreted from the radish.

*      Lemon juice with honey is also very effective to relieve cough.




Lifestyle Instructions
Avoid exposure to pollen, dust, and drastic changes in temperature.


Regular exercise with herbal therapy is the key to complete recovery.


For asthma patients, vacuum and central heating filters should be changed frequently to keep dust, mold and dust mites to a minimum.


Installation of an air purifier is recommended for patients who have family members with infectious respiratory disorders.


It is recommended to replace carpets with hard surface floors to prevent dust, molds and other allergens from being trapped in the carpet.


Bleach such as Clorox can be used to clear mold and fungus.


Animal dander is also a major factor in causing allergies in patients.


All contact (direct and indirect) with allergens should be avoided if possible to prevent allergic reactions.

Some asthmatic patients may be allergic to aspirin. In those cases, acetaminophen products should be used instead.

Patients should be advised to stop smoking, and stay away from second hand smoke.

Patients should strengthen their immune system and body resistance in between asthma attacks.


A balance of exercise

and rest is important.


Alternation of hot and cold water in the shower is also effective to desensitize the body to changes in temperature.


Herbs that enhance 

the immune system, 

such as Cordyceps 3 or Immune +,  should also be taken on a regular basis.

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