Intrinsic Asthma Clinic – Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ, CA, Dec 8 — Dr. Janice Walton-Hadlock, DAOM, might have found the underlying cause of intrinsic asthma and an appropriate treatment. The results of her preliminary research on asthma patients, published in the October issue of the Journal of Chinese Medicine, suggest that an aberrant pattern in a specific sub-dermal electrical current in people with intrinsic asthma prevents adrenaline release and instead, in response to an increased need for oxygen, activates the mammalian dive reflex, the physiology of which is identical to that of intrinsic asthma. In all observed cases, one or two hours of acupuncture or physical therapy (Yin Tui Na) that lastingly corrected the electrical aberration also ended the chronic throat constriction and tendency for asthma. Dr. Walton-Hadlock is now looking to further her findings by hosting, with student interns, a free asthma clinic on Tuesdays from January 7 to April 14, 2020, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Five Branches University, 200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz.

Intrinsic asthma manifests when the body suddenly needs more oxygen. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, throat or chest tightness, and wheezing. Unlike extrinsic asthma, which is triggered by pathogens, allergens, or illness, intrinsic asthma can be triggered by physical activity or emotional stress. Dr. Janice Walton-Hadlock’s initial observations in twelve patients found that these individuals all had a specific electrical blockage causing inadequate activation of sympathetic mode and the adrenal glands. Upon removal of the electrical blockage, using either acupuncture or gentle physical therapy in the blocked area, healthy adrenaline release and other features of a healthy level of sympathetic mode occurred almost immediately. The chronic throat constriction and overall tendency for asthma quickly ceased. After more than six months, patients were still asthma free. The Kaiser medical research department called these preliminary results “intriguing.”

Beginning January 2020, Dr. Janice Walton-Hadlock will conduct a 60-person treatment program to assess the sub-dermal electrical systems of people with intrinsic asthma and correct any electrical errors using acupuncture or physical therapy. To participate in the study or inquire about details, candidates are asked to email Dr. Janice Walton-Hadlock at or leave a message at 831-423-2649. Patient assessment and treatment usually takes two hours. In rare cases, a second treatment session might be needed. An appointment is required.

For an e-copy of the asthma article in the Journal of Chinese Medicine, please send a request to Dr. Walton-Hadlock at the above email address.

“I’m trying to control my excitement, but what I’ve seen so far has been life changing for those people who no longer have asthma,” said Dr. Walton-Hadlock. “It now appears that this simple treatment might save many lives.”

About Dr. Janice Walton-Hadlock, DAOM, LAc

Dr. Janice Walton-Hadlock, DAOM, LAc, has been a professor of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine at Five Branches University, in Santa Cruz, California, since 1998. She is the founder and director of the non-profit Parkinson’s Recovery Project and has led research projects on Parkinson’s disease, on the long-term effects of shock and on the bioelectric basis of Chinese medicine. Dr. Janice Walton-Hadlock lectures widely and has been published in many peer-reviewed journals of Chinese medicine. She was the first non-MD acupuncturist to have a commentary accepted for publication in the New England Journal of Medicine (Mar 31 2005).