Though the evidence on the use of acupuncture in asthma is somewhat confusing and contradictory many acupuncturists, especially those using traditional Chinese acupuncture, report dramatic successes.
Asthma is – at least in part – an immune-related disorder and it is possible that asthma can affect the immune system in some individuals to prevent attacks.
Clinical experience suggests that acupuncture can help some people with asthma but that others are not helped. This would not be surprising because asthma is not a uniform disease but is really a description of symptoms which have a wide variety of different causes. As asthma can be life-threatening, medication should not be stopped during acupuncture treatment without medical approval.
The bottom line is that acupuncture may help some people with asthma but regular treatments may be needed for many months.
People whose asthma is mainly allergic may be more likely to be helped by acupuncture.