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ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT FOR EMPHYSEMA

Emphysema is considered as the non-reversible disease. That is, once you got emphysema, it will gett
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Emphysema is one of the diseases that comprises Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). It involves gradual damage of lung tissue, specifically thinning and destruction of the alveoli or air sacs, making it progressively difficult to breathe. Emphysema is usually accompanied by chronic bronchitis, with almost-daily or daily cough and phlegm.1

 

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SYMPTOMS

CAUSES

TREATMENTS

 

SYMPTOMS


The main symptoms include shortness of breath and coughing with sputum production. In addition, shortness of breath episodes especially when performing exercise and chest tightness are common.2

 

CAUSES


Emphysema is most often caused by smoking but can be caused by other diseases or have no known cause at all. Emphysema is commonly associated with chronic bronchitis. As it is rather difficult to delineate “pure” cases of Emphysema or chronic bronchitis they are classified together into chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Other causes of emphysema include enzyme deficiency, air pollution and genetic factors.3

 

TREATMENTS


RELATED ACUPUNCTURE POINTS :

LU-1 (Zhongfu), LU-5 (Chize), LU-9 (Taiyan), CV-4 (Guanyuan), CV-12 (Zhong-wan), CV-22 (Tiantu), ST-40 (Fenglong), BL-13 (Feishu), BL-23 (Shenshu) and KI-3 (Fuliu).

Emphysema is considered as the non-reversible disease. That is, once you got emphysema, it will be getting worse and worse as the time goes by. Considering this fact, acupuncture may not be able to cure it completely, however it will be able to reduce the severity of its symptoms. Emphysema patient who got acupuncture treatment will have better condition. They will be able to walk at longer distance without being breathless compare with previous condition before they receive acupuncture treatment. However, this acupuncture treatment can not go along by itself. It must be combined with daily medication from the doctor. The treatment will last up to 3 months. Not only getting better in term of the breathing ability, emphysema patients that receive acupuncture treatment will also feeling better regarding their digestive function.4

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Footnotes

  1. Emphysema – lung.org – 2017, http://www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/emphysema/
  2. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – webmd.com – 2017, http://www.webmd.com/lung/copd/tc/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd-symptoms
  3. Emphysema causes -emedicinehealth.com – 2017, http://www.emedicinehealth.com/emphysema/page2_em.htm#emphysema_causes
  4. Acupuncture may be worth a shot for COPD – webmd.com – 2012, http://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20120514/acupuncture-may-be-worth-shot-for-copd