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We both value the research of modern science and the many developments that have been discovered.

We also value the depth of wisdom and knowledge of traditional and classical five element acupuncture, which integrates the many aspects of body and mind.

We acknowledge the information gained from research, and we endevaour to use it where appropriate when meeting the needs of an individual who is suffering in health.

We hope later to share more information on the five elements of acupuncture.

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - COPD

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(2018) Effects of acupuncture on nutritional state of patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): re-analysis of COPD acupuncture trial, a randomized controlled trial.

'Results: Patients in Real Acupuncture Group had improvements in the results of

1.) nutritional hematological examination (retinol-binding protein, prealbumin, transferrin, hemoglobin),

2.) Inflammation biomarkers (carboxyhemoglobin, High sensitivity C-reactive protein, Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha, Interleukin 6, and Serum Amyloid A  and

3.) the BODE index.(The BODE index was measured in terms of prognosis.)

Conclusion: This study demonstrated some clear evidences that acupuncture can be a useful adjunctive therapy to improve nutritional state of COPD patients.'

Masao Suzuki, Shigeo Muroet al. (2018) Effects of acupuncture on nutritional state of patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): re-analysis of COPD acupuncture trial, a randomized controlled trial. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine201818:287 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12906-018-2341-3

(2016) Long-term effects of acupuncture treatment on airway smooth muscle in a rat model of smoke-induced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

'Stimulation at acupuncture points has been shown to modulate the immune system, demonstrated by the regulation of inflammatory cytokines such as reduced level of tumor necrosis factor –a (TNF-a) and interleukin-8 (IL-8) in the COPD rat model.'

Li J et al. (2016) Long-term effects of acupuncture treatment on airway smooth muscle in a rat model of smoke-induced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Acupuncture in Medicine 2016;34(2):107-13. [DOI: 10.1136/acupmed-2014-010674]

(2014) Acupuncture therapies for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic review of randomized, controlled trials.

'RESULTS: In total, 16 studies were included in the review. The research team found that the acupuncture therapies used in these studies improved health-related QoL.

Compared with placebo, acupuncture therapies also increased the distance walked in 6 min (6MWT), with an MD of -28.14 (95% CI, 23.92 to 32.36) compared with placebo. No benefit was seen on measures of lung function when acupuncture therapies were compared with either placebo or drug therapy.

CONCLUSION: Acupuncture therapies may result in clinically important improvements in quality of life (QoL) and dyspnoea. Future high-quality RCTs should be undertaken to provide conclusive evidence concerning the benefits of acupuncture therapies in the treatment of COPD.'

Coyle et al (2014). Acupuncture therapies for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic review of randomized, controlled trials. Altern Ther Health Med. 2014 Nov-Dec;20(6):10-23.

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