Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA
Since 1988 practicing acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine
Xiaoyan Wang
L. Ac., MD (China)
3721 Westerre Pkwy.
Suite C
Henrico, VA 23233
(804) 301-1784
Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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Asthma is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. People with asthma experience wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness in response to a number of possible triggers. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning.
A number of things can bring about or worsen asthma symptoms. Triggers may include:
  • Allergens found in dust, animal fur, cockroaches, mold, and pollens from trees, grasses, and flowers
  • Irritants such as cigarette smoke, air pollution, chemicals or dust in the workplace, compounds in home décor products, and sprays
  • Certain medicines such as aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and nonselective beta-blockers
  • Sulfites in foods and drinks
  • Viral upper respiratory infections such as colds
  • Exercise (physical activity)
Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts in childhood. More than 20 million Americans, or 1 in 15 people, suffer from asthma. Symptoms of an asthma attack are usually controlled by a steroid inhaler. Many people also take other medications to reduce the frequency of episodes. While often effective, Western medications for asthma have a number of short-term side effects as well as possible long-term health consequences. Many people are interested in non-drug approaches.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be very helpful both in alleviating acute symptoms and preventing future asthma attacks. Acupuncture can ease breathing during an asthma attack, but more importantly, ongoing treatment addresses the causes of asthma and works to decrease the sensitivity of the airways and reduce the number of asthma attacks. Chinese herbal formulas serve as a useful adjunct to acupuncture in relieving asthma.
If you would like to pursue acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment or information, please contact Xiaoyan.
Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA