Acupuncture May Improve COPD Symptoms

May 17, 2012

If you’ve never tried acupuncture, you’ve still probably heard people swear by it. For allergies, for pain, for chronic diseases that weren’t ever properly diagnosed. And every now and then, a study comes out, showing how acupuncture is an alternative treatment that medicine is willing to legitimize, at least a little bit.

This week a small study was published showing that COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) patients faired better when they received acupuncture than those that got a placebo. They were able to walk longer, eat better (eating can become difficult with COPD) and generally reported an improved quality of life.

There are many explanations for how acupuncture works: it triggers your immune system to notice a problem, it relaxes muscles, or (within the practice) it opens up energy pathways.

The COPD patients in the study continued their western medications/treatments, and it’s usually recommended that alternative treatments be used to complicated traditional ones. (Acupuncture could probably also be used to ease many of the unwanted side-effects, as well).

COPD can be a result of lifelong smoking. Coneniently, acupuncture is also commonly used to help kick the habit, so this could be a great way to hit two birds with one stone!

Have you tried acupuncture? Did it work?

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