Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can Acupuncture Treat COPD?

Thursday, 09 August 2012 09:26 AM

Question: I am a 70 year old woman who suffers from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). I am thinking of trying acupuncture for this condition. Do you think it could help?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
I say save your money. Could acupuncture for COPD help you deal with the stress of having COPD? Perhaps. But acupuncture will not treat your COPD directly or effect any remission. Acupuncture is not regarded as a standard treatment or palliative option for COPD, a common lung disease that can cause shortness of breath, coughing, and fatigue. This being said, there are studies suggesting that acupuncture, along with daily medication for three months may benefit selected patients with COPD who have maximized their medical regimens. Study participants reported they were able to walk longer without becoming breathless, compared to those who did not get the treatment. If you do try acupuncture, make sure you see an experienced acupuncturist, and take your regular medications too.

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Acupuncture will not treat COPD, although it seems to make some people feel better with the lung disease.
Thursday, 09 August 2012 09:26 AM
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