Chinese Medicine Times : Keeping You Informed

Chinese Medicine Times : Keeping You Informed

A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of acupuncture in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): the COPD-acupuncture trial (CAT)

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22905352

Abstract

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.

RESULT:

After 12 weeks, the Borg scale score after the 6-minute walk test was significantly better in the real acupuncture group compared with the placebo acupuncture group (mean [SD] difference from baseline by analysis of covariance, -3.6 [1.9] vs 0.4 [1.2]; mean difference between groups by analysis of covariance, -3.58; 95% CI, -4.27 to -2.90). Patients with COPD who received real acupuncture also experienced improvement in the 6-minute walk distance during exercise, indicating better exercise tolerance and reduced DOE.

CONCLUSION:

This study clearly demonstrates that acupuncture is a useful adjunctive therapy in reducing DOE in patients with COPD.

Back To Latest Articles and News

Email This Page
Discuss This

Subscribe To CMT

Shopping Basket

Your basket is empty!

Recently Viewed Login Register

Change Language

Change Currency

Subscribe to our RSS Feed Chinese Medicine Times Facebook Fan Page Chinese Medicine Times Twitter Page Chinese Medicine Times Linkedin Page Email a friend about this website
  • Aculux KS needles
  • TeWa Needle Advert
  • ASP Needle advert
  • Seirin needle advet box (basic)

Events Calendar

Cupping & Gua Sha with Philip Weeks ( Wednesday 22nd July 2015)

Both techniques are powerful methods utilised in ancient eastern medicine... [more]

Master Tung Blood-Letting with Philip Weeks ( Thursday 23rd July 2015)

A major part of traditional acupuncture is the use of specialised needles... [more]

View Events Calendar

From Our Store

Bollmann Nova Case, Black Leatherette

Bollmann Nova Case, Black Leatherette

Karl Bollmann of Germany ...
Gua Sha Jade - Cosmetic Roller

Gua Sha Jade - Cosmetic Roller

Gua sha jade cosmetic rol...
Rolling Warmer Device - Large

Rolling Warmer Device - Large

Easy to use for warming o...
Shang Han Lun Explained

Shang Han Lun Explained

by Greta Young and Robin ...
Auriculotherapy

Auriculotherapy

by Paul Nogier
Bollmann Nova Case, Burgundy Leather

Bollmann Nova Case, Burgundy Leather

Karl Bollmann of Germany ...