A chronic cough is more than just a nuisance and may cause some serious disruptions to a person’s health. Any cough persisting for more than 8 weeks in adults, or more than 4 weeks for children, is considered a chronic cough.

Coughing attacks during the night can interrupt sleep, resulting in day-time fatigue and drowsiness. Coughing episodes can also cause vomiting, dizziness, headaches, urinary incontinence, loss of consciousness, and rib fractures.

Causes and Symptoms of Chronic Cough

The most common causes of a chronic cough are smoking, post nasal drip, asthma and acid reflux. Other culprits are chronic bronchitis, the flu, pneumonia, whooping cough and certain blood pressure medications. Although less likely, lung cancer or cystic fibrosis can cause a chronic cough as well.

The following signs and symptoms often accompany a chronic cough:

  • Runny nose
  • Constant need to clear the throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sour taste in the mouth
  • Spitting up blood or sputum

Treating Chronic Cough with Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

When treating a chronic cough, it is important to address the underlying cause, or root cause, as it is known according to the philosophy of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Once the root cause is cleared up, the chronic cough will clear up. However, no matter what organs need rebalancing to address the root cause, treatment of the lungs is necessary.

In the simple and eloquent terms of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, descriptions of energetic forces in the body take on human-like qualities. For example, uncontrollable coughing represents a risky, potentially dangerous characteristic known as ‘rebellious Qi.’ Qi is the most fundamental energy essential for all forms of life. Just as it sounds, rebellious Qi flows in the wrong direction and causes health problems.

The Best Acupuncture Points for Chronic Cough

Certain acupuncture points will correct this Qi imbalance and redirect the Qi toward its correct, downward motion. An acupuncture point called Chest Center, located on the midline of the upper chest, greatly impacts the direction of rebellious Lung Qi. After careful insertion of a needle here, Lung Qi stops rising and reverses its course. This reduces or eliminates coughing.

A practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine needs to help a patient eliminate risk factors that can contribute to a chronic cough. For example, smoking tobacco is one of the biggest risk factors, and stopping this habit is a necessity. Applying an ear needle protocol for chemical dependencies helps reduce a patient’s craving for tobacco, and assists the body in detoxifying harmful substances.

In the case of acid reflux, a painful condition that feels like intense heat rising in the throat, acupuncture treatments can help the stomach from forcing digestive juices upwards. After eating, food enters the stomach where it churns with acids and then makes a downward progression. Rebellious stomach Qi prevents this descent, and acupuncture treatments will therefore focus on subduing this energy. As the acid reflux subsides, chronic coughing should lessen as well.

At-Home Herbal Remedies for Chronic Cough

If you’re at home and need a quick, easy concoction to soothe yourself after a bout of coughing, try the following recipe:

    Take the juice of one lemon and one lime and mix together with a teaspoon of honey. The honey will coat your throat and can help prevent or lessen coughing in the near future. The citrus juices help moisten your throat and soothe the raw sensations.

You certainly don’t have to wait two months before treating a chronic cough with acupuncture and Oriental medicine.  Getting help early can improve your quality of life and address any root causes of chronic cough.

Staying Healthy during Cold and Flu seaso

by Hon Lee on November 7, 2017

This year it is predicted that there will be 1 billion colds and 95 million cases of the flu in the United States alone. While the misery of cold and flu season might be inevitable, one thing is changing: where we look for relief.

The easiest way to protect against the flu is to have a healthy immune system. However, that doesn’t mean you still won’t come into contact with airborne virus particles. That’s why your first line of defense against the flu, or any other illness, is to strengthen your immune system.

When it comes to staying healthy during cold and flu season, acupuncture and Oriental medicine have a lot to offer. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help prevent colds and flu by strengthening the immune system with just a few needles inserted into key points along the body’s energy pathways.

In Oriental medicine, disease prevention begins by focusing on the protective layer around the exterior of the body called Wei Qi or defensive energy. The Wei Qi involves acupuncture points known for strengthening the circulation of blood and energy to boost your body’s defenses.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can also provide relief and faster healing if you have already come down with a cold or the flu by helping to relieve symptoms you are currently experiencing including chills, fever, body aches, runny nose, congestion, sore throat and cough. While bringing some immediate relief, treatments will also reduce the incidence of an upper respiratory tract infection and shorten the length of the illness.

Boost your Wei Qi and Stay Healthy

“To treat disease that has already developed is comparable to the behavior of those persons who begin to dig a well after they have become thirsty, and of those who begin to cast weapons after they have already engaged in battle. Would these actions not be too late?” – Huangdi Neijing

Seasonal changes affect the body’s environment. With wind, rain and snow come the colds, flu viruses and the aches and pains that accompany them.

If you catch colds easily, have low energy and require a long time recuperating from an illness your Wei Qi may be deficient. Through the process of evaluating subtle physical signs as well as the emotional condition of a person, practitioners of acupuncture and Oriental medicine can detect health problems in their earliest stages, before a person becomes gravely ill.

Once the nature of an imbalance has been determined, a customized program can be created for you. Your treatment may include acupuncture, herbal therapy and Tui Na, as well as food, exercise and lifestyle recommendations.

Schedule a Seasonal Tune-Up:
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can prevent colds and flu by building up the immune system with just a few needles inserted into key points along the body’s energy pathways. These points are known for strengthening the circulation of blood and energy and for consolidating the outer defense layers of the skin and muscle (Wei Qi) so that germs and viruses cannot enter through them.

Wash Your Hands:
Good lifestyle and hygiene habits are also proven to reduce your risk of getting sick. Studies have shown that one of the main reasons that we catch colds and flu in cold weather is that we are indoors and in closer vicinity to others. Protect yourself from picking up germs by washing your hands regularly and remembering not to touch your face.

Sleep In:
The Nei Ching, an ancient Chinese classic, advised people to go to sleep early, rest well and rise late, after the sun’s rays have warmed the atmosphere a bit. This preserves your own Yang Qi for the task of warming the body. Even busy, working people can boost their health by sleeping in on weekends.

Stress Less:
Find a release valve for your stress. According to Oriental medicine, stress, frustration, and unresolved anger can play an important part in throwing the immune system off and allowing pathogens to affect the body. Find a way to relax and release stress on a daily basis. Such methods may include yoga, meditation and exercise. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in the treatment of stress, anxiety and depression.

Seasonal acupuncture treatments also serve to tonify the inner organ systems and can correct minor annoyances before they become serious problems. Call today to see how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help you stay healthy this season!

Strengthen Your Digestive Health

September 8, 2017

More than 95 million Americans suffer from digestive disorders ranging from constipation, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome to more serious conditions such as acid reflux (GERD), ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. In fact, more than 35 million physician office visits a year are due to gastrointestinal complaints. Reports confirm that acupuncture and Oriental medicine can […]

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Relief from Psoriatic Arthritis

August 29, 2017

Psoriatic arthritis is a joint disease that affects people who suffer from psoriasis. A chronic and recurrent condition, psoriatic arthritis can have periods of remission with little to no symptoms present. No matter what state the disease is in, acupuncture can provide relief. During times of remission, acupuncture can help strengthen the immune system and […]

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Managing Arthritis Symptoms

August 2, 2017

Most people are familiar with the term arthritis, which may conjure up images of twisted, knobby fingers or achy knees, but did you know there are over 100 different types of arthritis?For many people, arthritis pain and inflammation cannot be avoided as the body ages. In fact, most people over the age of 50 show some signs […]

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Relieve Pain Naturally

July 7, 2017

Increasingly, people are looking for more natural approaches to help relieve painful conditions instead of relying on medications. Acupuncture has no side effects and can be helpful for all types of pain, regardless of what is causing the pain or where the pain is located. Some studies have shown the pain relief it provides can […]

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Top Male Health problems – don’t wait until it’s too late!

June 13, 2017

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine have been used to treat men’s health concerns for thousands of years and are growing in popularity. The reason for this growth in popularity is that many health issues that men face, such as high blood pressure, prostate problems and depression, respond extremely well to acupuncture treatments.   Primary health issues that […]

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7 Nutrients to Support the Immune System

May 2, 2017

A class of plant chemicals known as bioflavonoids has been found to dramatically reduce inflammation and improve symptoms associated with autoimmune disorders. Tea Both green and black tea contain the flavonoids catechin and theaflavin, which are beneficial in treating autoimmune disease. Apples Apples (with the skin on) contain the flavonoid quercetin, which can reduce allergic […]

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Acupuncture for Autoimmune Disorder Relief

May 2, 2017

Treating Autoimmune Diseases with Acupuncture Over 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, thyroid disease, Addison’s disease, pernicious anemia, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis and Guillain-Barré syndrome. An autoimmune disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue. Due to the complexity of treating autoimmune disorders, integrative medicine solutions […]

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8 Self-Care Tips for Seasonal Allergies

April 30, 2017

Click this link to learn 8 Self-Care Tips for Seasonal Allergies

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Can Acupuncture Improve Fertility?

February 2, 2017

The following is from a Pacific College of Oriental Medicine posting, sourced to http://www.aftau.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&;id=15808 When used in conjunction with Western fertility treatments, acupuncture increases conception rates by 26%. A recent study from Tel Aviv University reports, ““When combining IUI with TCM treatments, 65.5 percent of the test group were able to conceive, compared with 39.4 percent […]

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Mindfullness and Meditation

January 23, 2017

Being mindful is to focus awareness on the present moment, acknowledging and accepting what you are feeling and thinking. Mindfulness enables us to let go of tension, increases our ability to form connections with others and deal with unexpected events. Increasing mindfulness has many benefits, including improved mental well-being, including improved control of emotions and […]

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Boost Memory & Learn New Skills

August 2, 2016

Having difficulties focusing, remembering tasks or organizing your thoughts? It may sound strange to learn that cognitive function is not solely the job of the brain alone; other parts and organs of the body are involved—the heart and kidneys both partner with the brain to nurture a healthy and attentive mind. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine […]

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Take care of your Thyroid

July 12, 2016

The thyroid gland is shaped like a butterfly and is found at the front of the neck, below the Adam’s apple. Although small in size, this gland has a big influence on the body’s ability to transform food into the energy needed to sustain life. Thyroid hormones control the growth, temperature, and function of every […]

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Got Seasonal Allergies?

April 30, 2016

What Are Seasonal Allergies? Commonly called hay fever or allergic rhinitis, a seasonal allergy is an allergic reaction to a trigger that is typically only present for part of the year, such as spring or fall. Pollens that are spread by the wind are usually the main cause. People who are allergic to pollens are […]

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Pressure point for Allergies

March 28, 2016

The below information is from an Acutake.com newsletter about a useful pressure point you can massage on your foot if you suffer from allergies. “The most popular acupressure points for allergies are located on the face, but if you don’t feel like poking around up there, here’s one on your ankle. Spleen 5 is often […]

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Ten Tips for Happy Meals!

January 14, 2016

Eat like a prince or princess for breakfast, an emperor or empress for lunch, and a pauper for dinner. Avoid eating when angry or stressed, otherwise your energy will be diverted away from processing your meal. Prepare your food with love and eat consciously. Eat slowly and chew your food well! Don’t chill your Spleen […]

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Feed your brain, exercise your mind

December 1, 2015

According to Yian Gu, a Columbia University assistant professor of neuro-psychology, eating the right foods can postpone brain aging. A recent study showed that adults age 65 and older who ate at least five foods from a Mediterranean type diet (such as fish, vegetables, fruit, whole grains, legumes and olive oil) and consumed moderate amounts […]

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Brain Power

September 21, 2015

Want to boost your brain power? Then eat more leafy green vegetables.  Martha Clare Morris, director of nutrition at Rush University, reports that a 10-year study of more than 950 oder adults found that those who consumed just one or two serevings of leafy greens daily had the cognitive abilties of people a decade younger. […]

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Got Neck Pain? Eat Cherries!

July 15, 2015

Chinese medicine pays attention to the color, flavor, and thermal properties of foods, as well as how the foods are cooked or prepared. These factors determine how foods can be used as medicine to influence the physiological functions of the body’s organ systems, including the cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, skeletal, and endocrine systems. Cherries, for example, are red, […]

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