New research finds that acupuncture benefits patients with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). The researchers discovered that acupuncture reduces dyspnea, difficulty breathing, during exercise for patients with COPD. All participants in the study were administered acupuncture at a rate of one treatment per week for a total of ten weeks. The findings demonstrate that acupuncture improves oxygen saturation during exercise in patients with COPD. The findings also indicate that COPD patients have reduced breathlessness upon physical exertion.
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Acupuncture Med 2012;30:96-102 doi:10.1136/acupmed-2011-010112. Combined standard medication and acupuncture for COPD: a case series. Masao Suzuki, Kenji Namura, Yasushi Ohno, Masato Egawa, Takako Sugimoto, Naoto Ishizaki, Hisayoshi Fujiwara. Meiji University of Integrative Medicine, Department of Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion, University of Integrative Medicine, Hiyoshi-cho, Kyoto, Japan.