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Breathe easy, help may be on the way

April 11, 2013

Do you or someone you know suffer from COPD… I teach and suggest learning diaphragmatic breathing to help improve air exchange.

It seems that there may be other help on the horizon.

The following is from the April 11th, 2013  Johns Hopkins Health Alert:

Breathlessness in COPD?

If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you know that shortness of breath, or dyspnea, on exertion is a troubling symptom. But a small study from Japan suggests that there may be help from a surprising therapy — acupuncture.

In a study reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine (Volume 172, page 878), 68 people with COPD were randomly assigned to receive real acupuncture, with needles placed near respiratory muscles, or placebo acupuncture. Once-weekly real or placebo acupuncture sessions took place for 12 weeks. Study subjects took a six-minute walk test at the beginning and end of the study. All participants continued taking their usual medication.

At the end of the study, those who underwent real acupuncture experienced significantly less breathlessness on exertion and significantly greater improvements in the distance they were able to walk during the six-minute walk test. These improvements were comparable to or better than improvements that would be expected from rehabilitation or exercise in COPD patients.


This information is not intended to substitute for the advice of a physician. Click here for additional information.

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