Respiratory problems include all issues related to the lungs and breathing. This broad category can include lung damage or injury, asthma, COPD, and sinus congestion. The following are some examples of treatments provided for various respiratory problems:
- Asthma - constriction of the bronchioles, impeding breathing. Acupuncture is applied to moderate the nervous system and calm the reaction which would result in an asthma attack. Acupressure or reflexology may also be used to relax breathing muscles and facilitate easier breathing.
- COPD - chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. Acupuncture and cupping is applied to improve the lung's ability to expel phlegm, sputum, and foreign material in order to clear the breathing passages. Acupressure and reflexology may also be used to stimulate the breathing muscles to improve depth of breathing.
- Sinus congestion - obstruction of sinuses. Acupuncture and acupressure is applied to help open sinus passages and expel congested phlegm in order to improve breathing.