Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Specialist

Sharon Shuppert, Dipl.OM, L.Ac -  - Acupuncturist

Phoenix and Dragon Acupuncture

Sharon Shuppert, Dipl.OM, L.Ac

Acupuncturist & Herbalist located in Austin, TX

While most of us breathe easily, taking our breath for granted, those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) struggle to breathe daily. Fortunately, acupuncture and herbal treatments can provide relief and healing to patients who are struggling with COPD. Sharon Shuppert, L.Ac. of The Phoenix and Dragon Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine is a licensed medical professional who can provide you with the COPD/ IPF relief you need through acupuncture treatment and herbal medicine. If you're looking for natural treatment for COPD and/or IPF, book an appointment with her Central Austin, Texas, office today. 512-277-3284

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Specialist Q & A

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a classic Chinese form of alternative treatment and medicine that has been used for thousands of years. Today, providers use it to treat a wide variety of physical and mental ailments. When providing acupuncture treatment, Sharon strategically inserts thin needles into the body to correct the patient's medical problems.

How can acupuncture be used to treat COPD and IPF?

Today, acupuncture is most known and often used for pain management and to relieve anxiety and stress. While acupuncture is used to treat these issues, it can also be used to treat COPD and IPF. When administering COPD and IPF treatment, Sharon places thin, disposable monofilament needles in the arms and leg along energy (Qi) pathways known as meridians. These activate the movement of Qi releasing pressure and chemicals in the lungs, allowing the lungs to relax and clear the airways. This process can provide immediate relief for patients struggling with COPD and IPF.

Does acupuncture have any risks?

One of the main advantages of acupuncture is that it carries very few risks involved and few downsides. The most common side effects of acupuncture can be fatigue or soreness in the area that was needled. But these side effects dissipate within a few hours.

How should I prepare for acupuncture treatment?

Before going to an acupuncture treatment, you should make sure you have eaten enough food and haven't consumed any alcohol, drugs or caffeine. You should also ensure you have scheduled plenty of time so you do not feel rushed or stressed when you are there.

How often should I receive acupuncture treatments for COPD and IPF?

Unless you receive treatment for the underlying cause of COPD, you should plan on getting acupuncture treatments from The Phoenix and Dragon Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine team at least every other week. However, the underlying condition should be treated and may require more frequent treatments of 1-2 times weekly. The number of treatments that you should receive depends on your condition and severity of your symptoms.

How does herbal treatment help with COPD and IPF?

Multiple scientific studies show that traditional Chinese herbal medicine improves the quality of life for people who suffer with COPD and IPF. Sharon at Phoenix and Dragon Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine uses all-natural herbal solutions to treat men and women with chronic lung infections, COPD and IPF.

To optimize lung structure and function, Sharon treats patients with formulas from highly respected Wei Laboratories, including proprietary herbal blends: Soups A™ and Soup B™ along with LC Balancer™, a microcirculation formula. The Soups nourish and help rebuild lung structure while removing scarring. LC Balancer helps guide the herbs into the cells and clears up mucus to free the airways. Additional formulas are prescribed depending on underlying conditions or in the case of infection.

To alleviate symptoms and enhance lung function, Sharon also recommends supplementing with ginseng, peppermint, osha root, Reishi mushrooms and turmeric.

Breathe easier with acupuncture and herbal therapy at The Phoenix and Dragon Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine . Call today for an appointment or book with the easy online scheduler.


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