"The recognition and acceptance that acupuncture now enjoys in America can all be credited to acupuncture's consistent effectiveness. In particular as it pertains to COPD, there is enough clinical evidence to warrant the use of acupuncture in COPD. Acupuncture has been clinically shown to reduce shortness of breath, improve one's ability to walk, and to improve pulmonary functions testing, to include FEV, RV, and TLC. The use of acupuncture in COPD also contributes to a significant overall improvement in quality of life.
Traditional Chinese medicine is based upon the principle that energy (qi or chi) in the body flows along a series of channels, known as meridians, that run throughout the body. When an individual is healthy, energy is flowing in a balanced manner along these meridians or channels. Consistent also with the concept of energy flow is that when a person is experiencing a diseased state, it is because the energy flow along the meridians has become blocked or disrupted.
Acupuncture involves inserting very fine needles into the skin at specific points that lie along these meridians so as to help rebalance the flow of energy (qi or chi) and promote health.
When performed by a licensed acupuncturist, acupuncture is essentially safe. Some individuals may occasionally feel a slight sensation of pain or bleeding at the needle site, but for the most part, when it is done correctly, acupuncture does not hurt. By using sterile disposable needles, which is for the most part the standard of practice today, infections will be avoided."
Kim, i have not tried this. But i have heard good things about acupuncture too. When we are settled and have more money, i am going to look into it. Also, that article tells us to find a certified or legitimate acumpuncturist...not to go to just anyone. I guess we could ask them what certifications they hold. Right?
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