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Author (up) Feng, J.; Wang, X.; Li, X.; Zhao, D.; Xu, J. url  doi
  Title Acupuncture for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): A multicenter, randomized, sham-controlled trial Type of Study Journal Article
  Year 2016 Publication Medicine Abbreviated Journal Medicine (Baltimore)  
  Volume 95 Issue 40 Pages e4879  
  Abstract BACKGROUND: Acupuncture has been suggested to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in China. However, current evidence is insufficient to draw a firm conclusion regarding the effectiveness of acupuncture in COPD. Therefore, this multicenter, randomized, sham-controlled study was designed to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture for treating patients with COPD. METHODS: This is a two-arm, parallel group, multicenter, randomized, sham-controlled trial with concealed allocation, and participants, assessor, and analyst blinding. Seventy-two participants with COPD were recruited and randomly divided into 2 groups (real acupuncture group and sham acupuncture group) in a 1:1 ratio. Patients received either real or sham needling at the same acupoints 3 times weekly for 8 weeks. The primary outcome was dyspnea on exertion evaluated using the 6-minute walk test. In addition, health-related quality of life was also evaluated. Measurements were obtained at baseline and after 8 weeks of treatment. RESULTS: Six-minute walking distance measurements and health-related quality of life were significantly better in the real acupuncture group than that in the sham acupuncture group. CONCLUSION: The findings suggest that acupuncture can be used as an adjunctive therapy to reduce dyspnea in patients with COPD.  
  Address Department of Respiratory Medicine bDepartment of Cardiovascular Medicine, Hangzhou Fuyang Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine cDepartment of Respiratory Medicine, The People's Hospital of Fuyang, Hangzhou dDepartment of Respiratory Medicine, First Affiliated Hospital of Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, Harbin, China  
  Language English Number of Treatments  
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  Notes PMID:27749542; PMCID:PMC5059044 Approved no  
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