|Could help COPD!|
Acupuncture appears to help the labored breathing that accompanies chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Japanese investigators tracked 68 COPD patients over a 12-week period. Half of the participants received acupuncture plus daily medication, while the other half was assigned to a placebo in which the acupuncture needles used did not breach the participants' skin.
Subjects treated with real acupuncture needles improved their breathing, while there was no improvement seen in the sham acupuncture group.
As with most studies, the researchers called for further study! Check with your doctor.