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Research: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

June 2012
A Randomized, Placebo Controlled Trial of Acupuncture in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD); the COPD Acupuncture Trial (CAT)
Archive of Internal Medicine, June 2012, Volume 172, Issue 11, Pages 878-886
BACKGROUND: Dyspnea on exertion (DOE) is a major symptom of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and is difficult to control. This study was performed to determine whether acupuncture is superior to placebo needling in improving DOE in patients with COPD who are receiving standard medication. METHODS: Sixty-eight of 111 patients from the Kansai region of Japan who were diagnosed as having COPD and were receiving standard medication participated in a randomized, parallel-group, placebo-controlled trial (July 1, 2006, through March 31, 2009) in which the patients, evaluators, and statistician were unaware of the random allocation. Participants were randomly assigned to traditional acupuncture (real acupuncture group, n=34) or placebo needling (placebo acupuncture group, n=34). Both groups received real or placebo needling at the same acupoints once a week for 12 weeks. The primary end point was the modified Borg scale score evaluated immediately after the 6-minute walk test. Measurements were obtained at baseline and after 12 weeks of treatment. CONCLUSION: This study clearly demonstrates that acupuncture is a useful adjunctive therapy in reducing DOE in patients with COPD.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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