Procedure Performed at MWA by Emma McGowan, M.D.
Acupuncture in the Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
In a randomized controlled trial involving 68 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) receiving standard medication, acupuncture was found to be an effective adjunctive treatment for the reduction of dyspnea on exertion (DOE). Subjects received either traditional acupuncture (n=34) or placebo needling (n=34) at the same acupuncture points, once a week, for 12 weeks. Results found that after 12 weeks, subjects in the traditional acupuncture group performed a 6-minute walk test with higher Borg scale scores, better exercise tolerance and reduced DOE, as compared to subjects in the placebo group. Findings indicate that acupuncture may be effective in reducing DOE in patents with COPD.