Highlights October 2017

Doctors Say Fall is the Worst Season for Asthma – How to Find Relief

With the change in weather, seasonal allergies and kids going back to school, it’s no wonder that doctors say that fall is the worst season for asthma. The good news is that Chinese Medicine can offer some relief.

In Chinese Medicine, the lung is the most superficial of the organs and is therefore the first affected by outside influences such as climate, allergens and viruses. People who are prone to asthma attacks already show signs of weakened lung function and are therefore more susceptible to the ill effects that the fall season can sometimes bring. If you suffer from asthma, then here are a few things you can do to prevent the worsening of symptoms this autumn.

Get acupuncture
Acupuncture is one of the best ways to help support lung function. It stimulates the free flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, helping to nourish all the organs and improve immunity. This can make you less susceptible to the asthma triggers that accompany the fall season.

Manage extreme climatic/temperature changes
For Valley residents, temperature changes are not quite as drastic compared to other areas of the U.S. Wearing clothes that are easy to layer is great for Arizona temperatures. With that said, be mindful of the dryness that is common throughout the autumn months. Stay hydrated and use a humidifier in your home to keep moisture in the air.

Eat foods that help support the lungs
In Chinese medicine, each organ system has an associated flavor that can impact its function. The flavor associated with the lung is spicy so don’t hesitate if you are craving some salsa with a kick. However, you can have too much of a good thing. Like most things, moderation is key. If you consume too much of a specific flavor then it can have negative effects on its associated organ.

Modern Acupuncture strives to make guests’ lives better while breaking down the myths that cloud the benefits of acupuncture. The practice is a natural, non-invasive method of treatment that has often been used as a substitute for less safe treatment options such as surgery or prescriptions. For more information, visit modernacupuncture.com.

Written by: Leah Chischilly

Leah Chischilly

Leah Chischilly, L.Ac., is a licensed acupuncturist who earned her master’s degree in acupuncture from the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture.
As the manager of clinical operations at Modern Acupuncture, she is determined to mainstream acupuncture and help as many people as possible with Chinese medicine.

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