Researchers find acupuncture effective for the alleviation of acute asthma attacks. In a controlled clinical study, researchers determined that acupuncture plus moxibustion increases the effectiveness of usual care by 18.75%. Two groups were compared. Both groups received drug therapy, consisting of anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic pharmaceutical medications. One group, however, received Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapies (acupuncture and moxibustion) in addition to drug therapy. The drug therapy group achieved a 79.17% total effective rate and the TCM plus drug therapy group achieved a 97.92% total effective rate.


Pictorial of lungs and bronchi. 


Clinical effectiveness was confirmed using several metrics including fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO), peak expiratory flow (PEF), and serum IgE levels. The asthma control test (ACT) was included in the evaluation parameters, with measurements taken before treatment and one month after treatment. The TCM treatment group outperformed the drug only group in all parameters. Based on the results, the researchers conclude that acupuncture plus moxibustion increases positive outcome rates for patients suffering from acute asthma attacks.

from Acupuncture and Herbs News and Research

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