Acupuncture can help the patients of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; Research


Researchers have found that acupuncture can help in relieving the signs and symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) that is related with chronic cough and shortness of breath.

[hana-code-insert name=’StumbleUpon’ /][hana-code-insert name=’Reddit’ /]This research has been done by researchers from Kyoto University and Meiji University of Integrative Medicine in Kyoto, Japan and has been published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

COPD is actually the combination of certain chronic lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Inhaled steroids and bronchodilators are in common use to open the airways making it easy to breath.

Researchers worked on 68 people with COPD. Some patients got acupuncture treatment along with other medicines and other patients got sham acupuncture treatment – in which needles did not enter into the skin – for three months. Researchers have found that the patients with acupuncture along with medications were capable to walk longer without worsening the symptoms of COPD as compared to those who got sham acupuncture treatment. They have also found that the quality of life and ability to exercise has also been improved in the patients, who got real acupuncture.

The study showed that the acupuncture has also improved the stomach function of the COPD patients, so that they can eat healthy diet and maintain a normal weight.

“Clearly it looks like a viable alternative to treat chronic COPD,” Tong-Joo Gan, MD, professor of anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., said. “The downside is so little and the upside is so huge that acupuncture is well worth a try for those who find it difficult to control their COPD despite medications.”


Masao Suzuki, LAc, PhD; Shigeo Muro, MD, PhD; Yuki Ando, MSc; Takashi Omori, PhD; Tetsuhiro Shiota, MD, PhD; Kazuo Endo, MD; Susumu Sato, MD, PhD; Kensaku Aihara, MD; Masataka Matsumoto, MD; Shinko Suzuki, MD; Ryo Itotani, MD; Manabu Ishitoko, MD; Yoshikazu Hara, MD; Masaya Takemura, MD, PhD; Tetsuya Ueda, MD, PhD; Hitoshi Kagioka, MD, PhD; Masataka Hirabayashi, MD; Motonari Fukui, MD, PhD; Michiaki Mishima, MD, PhD, (2012). A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Acupuncture in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), The COPD-Acupuncture Trial (CAT). Archives of Internal Medicine, doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.1233

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