Acupuncture and Inflamation in the Lung

Lindsey Chu moved to Needham from China for her daughter’s education. She is a musician at her 40s. She teaches piano in the wealthy suburban area of Boston, including Acton, Andover, Arlington, Dedham, Dover, Framingham, Lexington, Lincoln, Sharon, Sherborn, Sudbury, Waltham, Wayland, Weston, and Westwood. Lindsey’s business grew quickly after several years hard working. Lindsey’s husband worked in the Boston Finance District with decent income. A few years after they settled down in Needham, her husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The sad news disrupted the peaceful routine of their family and made them realize that how precious and fragile the life could be.

Lindsey spent a lot of time to help her husband go through the surgery and radiation therapy in Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The whole family decided to change their diet and their life style to fight the prostate cancer. Lindsey became a vegan and stopped eating all dairy and meat products. Lindsey and her husband lost much weight by getting rid of meat, eggs, and dairy products. Instead, they ate lots of nuts including peanuts, walnuts, cashew and almonds. Gradually Lindsey started having some phlegm in her throat and coughing periodically. She took Chinese herbs and some coughing medications to clear up her phlegm and control the cough, but her health condition became worse with time. She had to see a pulmonary specialist in Boston to get a clear diagnosis and the right treatment. The pulmonary specialist recommended lung biopsy but Lindsey got scared. Lindsey read my article about lung problems from our Boston Chinese Acupuncture website and came seek help with acupuncture in controlling her cough. Coughing had significantly affected her business in music because the concerning parents might not want to send their kids to teachers who constantly cough.

After enquiring Lindsey’s detailed medical history and carefully analyzed the information about her diet and symptoms the acupuncturists from the clinic of Boson Chinese Acupuncture found out that Lindsey’s phlegm and coughing started a few months after the whole family became vegans. She was advised to stop eating all nuts and seeds in concern that the nuts might trigger the release of histamine and make the coughing and inflammation worse. At the mean time, Lindsey received acupuncture treatment in the clinic of Boston Chinese Acupuncture twice a week for 6 weeks. She also took concentrated powder of Chinese herbal medicine to clear up the phlegm and inflammation in her lung. Two months later, Lindsey had no phlegm and her coughing was completely gone.