Writing in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the researchers described how they used a 10-point scale to measure breathlessness among the participants.
According to the blog post, “at the start of the study, the average score for the 30 patients who got real acupuncture was 5.5; after 12 weeks, it improved to 1.9, the researchers found. For the 32 patients in the sham acupuncture group, scores were essentially unchanged, from 4.2 before “treatment” to 4.6 after, according to the study.”
The researchers also add that further studies are needed to confirm that acupuncture does indeed help COPD patients to breathe more easily.
HealthDay notes that “acupuncture, an ancient Chinese practice, involves the insertion of thin needles into certain points on the body to boost health and well-being. The researchers tested it in addition to standard medical care.”