Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Acupuncture and Acupressure for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

COPD is a respiratory disease that encompasses a broad spectrum of lung issues including bronchitis and emphysema, it is a growing issue in todays world and is increasingly getting worse. Thanks to western medicine some symptoms like coughing and shortness of breath have been able to be put under control with the use of steroid inhalers. Although there is research coming out now showing that combining western medications with acupuncture is more effective then just medication alone.

Acupuncture sees COPD as a respiratory disease as well, but being chronic it affects other organ systems as well, like the kidneys. The lungs and kidneys typically work in unison together, the kidneys inhale and the lungs exhale. When one system is affected especially after a long time the other system will be affected as well.

Thankfully there are plenty of acupuncture points on the body that can not only help relieve symptoms of COPD, but help over come the underlying root cause. There are two points that can be manually stimulated on a regular basis that may help improve COPD symptoms over time.

These points are connected to the deepest parts of the meridian pathways in the body and are great for COPD, they are lung 7, which lies on the wrist and Kidney 6, which is on the inside of the ankle.

 When used together these points strengthen any underlying lung and kidney deficiencies, opening airways and restoring optimal function to the lungs. Separately they can be used for other lung or kidney issues, below is a list of issues these points can be used for and their locations:

Lung 7: In a depression 1.5 thumb widths below the wrist crease, lateral to the styloid process below the thumb.
  1. Colds
  2. Nasal Congestion
  3. Deep Breathing
  4. Asthma
  5. Wrist Pain
Kidney 6: In a depression between two tendons and below the tip of medial malleolus(inside ankle bone)
  1. Dry Throat
  2. Insomnia
  3. Urinary issues
  4. Chest Distention
Firmly pressing or massaging these points with the thumb or index finger for a few minutes, a few times a day may help alleviate some COPD symptoms.

I hope this article has been helpful please leave any comments or questions below, thank you for visiting Acuthink.

Written by:
George Koromilas Lic. Ac.
Pan Soma Acupuncture
Manchester, NH

1 comment:

  1. People should take acupuncture treatment because Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine treatment is the best solutions for get relief for pain and mental stress.I believe acupuncture is a best treatment rather than traditional medicine. I become a fan of you and obviously will follow your next posts