I’m almost out of time, so this will be the last one for today.
11 SEPTEMBER 2012
A new study determines that acupuncture is an effective treatment modality for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This randomized, controlled study compared true acupuncture with placebo, sham, acupuncture. The researchers determined that true acupuncture effectively decreased COPD symptoms. Placebo acupuncture did not benefit the patients.
Acupuncture for COPDIn this 12 week study of 111 patients, researchers determined that acupuncture is an effective treatment for COPD. True acupuncture effectively reduced dyspnea on exertion (DOE). Dyspnea, also referred to as shortness of breath or air hunger, is one of the main symptomatic presentations of COPD. The true acupuncture and sham acupuncture groups received treatment at a rate of once a week for 12 weeks. Upon completion of the study the researchers concluded, “This study clearly demonstrates that acupuncture is a useful adjunctive therapy in reducing DOE in patients with COPD.”
A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Acupuncture in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), The COPD-Acupuncture Trial (CAT). Masao Suzuki, LAc, PhD; Shigeo Muro, MD, PhD; Yuki Ando, MSc; Takashi Omori, PhD; Tetsuhiro Shiota, MD, PhD; Kazuo Endo, MD; Susumu Sato, MD, PhD; Kensaku Aihara, MD; Masataka Matsumoto, MD; Shinko Suzuki, MD; Ryo Itotani, MD; Manabu Ishitoko, MD; Yoshikazu Hara, MD; Masaya Takemura, MD, PhD; Tetsuya Ueda, MD, PhD; Hitoshi Kagioka, MD, PhD; Masataka Hirabayashi, MD; Motonari Fukui, MD, PhD; Michiaki Mishima, MD, PhD. Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(11):878-886. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.1233
It is such as joy to hear a patient tells me during the treatment “wow, I can breath better”. Yes, as usual, you may be a pokey pine by the time you say that, but , hey, that’s what I do, right? Lungs take a large portion of upper torso. Depending of how severe the case is, I may ended up using quite few needles to cover entire lung area. But don’t take me wrong, I’m not poking your chest lung area at all. If I don’t have to, I don’t want to do too many needles. So I always do my best to use the number of needles that I would be using. So if a patient is in a mid range in term of severalty, perhaps, I need several to, say, 10 needles to make you breath better. I have more to say, but I’ve got to go. I’ll see you soon,
Takashi Yamamoto, L.Ac.