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.