25. May 2017 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, COPD

Acupuncture can be used as an adjunctive therapy to reduce dyspnoea in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In a randomised trial, 72 participants with COPD received either real or sham needling at the same acupoints (bilateral Zhongfu LU-1, Taiyuan LU-9, Futu L.I.-18, Zusanli ST-36, Wangu GB-12, Feishu BL-13, Pishu BL-20 and Shenshu BL-23) three times per week for eight weeks, in addition to daily medication. At the end of eight weeks of treatment, six-minute walking distance and health-related quality of life were significantly better in the real acupuncture group compared with the sham group.
Acupuncture for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): A multicenter, randomized, sham-controlled trial. Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Oct;95(40):e4879.

23. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, COPD, Dyspnoea

An Australian systematic review concludes that acupuncture may result in clinically important improvements in QoL and dyspnoea in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Sixteen RCTs that examined the benefits of acupuncture or other related therapies for the treatment of COPD were included in the review. The research team found that the acupuncture therapies used in these studies improved health-related QoL. Compared with placebo, acupuncture was also found to improve disease-related health status, dyspnoea scores and distance walked in six minutes. However, no benefit was seen on measures of lung function when acupuncture therapies were compared with either placebo or drug therapy (Acupuncture therapies for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic review of randomized, controlled trials. Altern Ther Health Med. 2014 Nov;20(6):10-23).