25. July 2017 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Asthma

Adding acupuncture to routine asthma care is associated with increased disease-specific and health-related quality of life compared with routine care alone, according to German researchers. A total of 1,445 patients were included in their analysis. Patients were randomised to receive up to 15 acupuncture sessions over three months, or to a control group that received routine care alone. Treatment, including the number of needles used and sites of needle placement, was left to the practitioner’s discretion. Acupuncture was associated with a significant improvement in asthma-related quality of life, as well as in general physical and mental health compared to the control group, after three months of treatment. The improvements seen immediately after completion of acupuncture treatment continued persisted at least to the end of the six-month study period.
Acupuncture in Patients with Allergic Asthma: A Randomized Pragmatic Trial. J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Apr;23(4):268-277.

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