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).