Yourwellness Magazine Considers Acupuncture for Asthma Treatment

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As a promising asthma monitoring device is yet to gain FDA clearance, Yourwellness Magazine explored other asthma treatment options, considering the use of acupuncture for relieving asthma symptoms.

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A Maryland-based company working on smartphone-based asthma monitoring will launch its AirSonea connected hardware device in Australia prior to launching in the US, Mobi Health News announced on September 9th. According to the article, “iSonea asthma monitor gets CE Mark, no FDA yet,” iSonea is still waiting for over-the-counter 510(k) FDA clearance, but it has secured a CE Mark from the European Union and will be launching its device next month in Australia. In a company press release, iSonea reported that this is ‘assessing market opportunities in the EU for possible entry, following an anticipated 2014 US launch.’ (http://mobihealthnews.com/25286/isonea-asthma-monitor-gets-ce-mark-no-fda-yet/)

As the device and FDA approval is yet to emerge, Yourwellness Magazine investigated whether acupuncture is a suitable treatment option for asthma. Yourwellness Magazine noted, ‘For asthma sufferers who are looking for a non-chemical solution to asthma, acupuncture is being increasingly suggested as a potential option…Asthma affects the wellness of tens of the thousands of people in the UK alone, but not everyone is happy to use chemicals and drugs in order to combat it. People have been searching for a long time for an alternative, and acupuncture is considered by some to be a useful treatment when administered by a skilled and qualified practitioner.’ (http://www.yourwellness.com/2013/01/can-acupuncture-help-in-the-fight-against-asthma/#sthash.abn1ZNhb.dpuf)

Yourwellness Magazine explained that acupuncture is based upon the belief that all diseases and ailments signify deeper problem, known as a ‘disharmony’. In that sense, a qualified acupuncturist will attempt to diagnose and tune into that disharmony rather than trying to physically combat the disease in its own right. Yourwellness Magazine clarified that as the asthma is considered only to be a manifestation of this disharmony, removing the disharmony should – according to acupuncture – also relieve the symptoms of the asthma. However, Yourwellness Magazine warned that scientific proof is highly limited with all forms of acupuncture, and as such it cannot be recommended as a complete alternative to standard medicine, as there simply isn’t the proof available to ensure that this would be safe.

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