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March 21, 2013

Acupuncture Improves Dyspnea in COPD Patients

At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Dr. Suzuki presented his findings that Acupuncture improves dyspnea, or shortness of breath, and quality of life in COPD patients. A decrease in shortness of breath in patients with COPD is directly proportional to increased survival rates. The researchers also showed acupuncture improved arterial blood gas, rib cage range of motion, respiratory function and respiratory muscle strength. All amazing signs for this patient group.

The placebo group they compared to, received simulated needling using a Park sham device. The device uses a blunt tipped needle that looks as if it is penetrating the skin but, in reality, telescopes back into the upper part of the needle handle. Check the full text of the article below to see points used.

From first hand reports, this tremendously impressed all the docs at the conference and is further pushing them towards utilizing Acupuncture.

PubMed | Full Article PDF

Posted by Admin at March 21, 2013 10:12 AM