Acupuncture and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Acupuncture and Chronic Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

This section is compiled by Frank M. Painter, D.C.
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Jobst et al (1986) [1] studied the effect of acupuncture on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. They found that 12 patients receiving true acupuncture showed significantly greater benefit than a placebo acupuncture group (n=12) in terms of subjective scores of breathlessness and six–minute walking distance.

Fung et al (1986) [2] found that real acupuncture was significantly superior to sham acupuncture in protecting against exercise–induced asthma in nineteen children.


1    Jobst, K. Chen, J.H., McPherson, K., Arrowsmith, J., Brown, V., Efthimiou, J.,
Fletcher, H.J., Maciocia, G., Mole, Shifrin, K., et. al.
Controlled Trial of Acupuncture for Disabling Breathlessness

Lancet 1986 (Dec 20-27);   2 (8521–8522):   1416–1419

2    Fung, K.P., Chow, O.K, So, S.Y.
Attenuation of Exercise-Induced Asthma by Acupuncture.
Lancet 1986 (Dec 20–27);   2(8521–22):   1419–22.


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