Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, COPD, is a diagnosis covering a variety of chronic lung diseases. Inhaled steroids and bronchodilators are often used for treatment. WebMD reports on a new study showing that COPD patients who added acupuncture to their regular medication were “…able to walk longer without becoming breathless…” Improved stomach function was also noted, an important benefit. Tong-Joo Gan, MD, of Duke University Medical Center says, “Acupuncture has been shown to release chemicals that relax the lungs and dilate the airways.” All agree that the treatment should be used in conjunction with Western medicine and under a doctor’s supervision.

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