Two Studies Have Proven that Hsiao Chuan (HCP) and Vitamin Therapy to Help Improve COPD Symptoms

At the last national convention of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) in Denver, a majority of the studies brought forth so far dealt with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD.

A progressive and serious disease that makes breathing difficult, COPD leads to miserable symptoms such as tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, and coughing producing of copious amounts of mucus.

A major cause of disability, COPD is the 4th biggest cause of death in America and is caused by longstanding exposure to pollution and irritants and smoking. This condition may hinder sufferers from performing even basic tasks such as cooking and walking. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has stated that COPD has no known cure and doctors have no idea how to reverse the damage to the lungs and airways that this disease causes.

However, unexpected but positive news also came out of that convention.

Scientists have reported breakthroughs in two separate studies that may significantly help COPD sufferers. One amazing thing about this is that the treatments do not come from the Pharmaceutical industry but instead come from an age old natural treatment and vitamin therapy.

For more than a thousand years, Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been using a paste known as HCP (Hsiao Chuan) to treat breathing difficulties associated with asthma and COPD. The main ingredients of HCP are Acorus gramineus Soland, Asarum heterothropoides, and Ephedra vulgaris. These plants are all indigenous to China.

Modern Western medicine is only now discovering that HCP really works. In cold weather, COPD symptoms seem to worsen as they are aggravated by the breathing of cold air. Beijing researchers have found in one study that HCP helps lessen these potentially lethal winter aggravations of COPD.

Gunag’anmen Hospital in Beijing respiratory department clinical researcher Dr. Yongjun Bian, who headed the study, states that “Our team had conducted observational studies of HCP that showed the paste lessening the number of COPD aggravations, but this research is the first randomized controlled trial ever revealing the safety and efficacy of HCP in helping prevent the COPD aggravations.” Bian added that “The data validated HCP’s beneficial effect on preventing COPD aggravations during winter.”

For resolving COPD aggravation and other breathing difficulties in winter, specific acupuncture points on the back was applied with HCP in the summer. Dr. Bian explained that “HCP contains herbs and other natural remedies that exhibit immune regulating qualities that in turn, help in the paste’s ability to inhibit COPD aggravations.”

The study involved 142 participants who were randomly divided into two groups. One group was given a placebo paste and the other was treated with HCP. The two pastes were applied four times to the same acupoints for around eight weeks (July to August).

Commenting about the outcomes, Dr. Bain says that “The application of HCP to the acupoints led to a significant reduction in the number of winter exacerbation compared to the subjects treated with placebo.” He adds that “Patients treated with HCP showed significant decreases in episodes of shortness of breath and steroid usage, these patients also experienced a much better quality of life compared to the those given placebo treatment.”

He added that “No empirical investigations have ever been performed on HCP in spite of the fact that this therapy has been used in China for thousands of years.” “The outcomes of this study made us able to avoid adverse events in future clinical practice and standardize the treatment protocol.”

Another study conducted in Belgium had data showing that among COPD patients, vitamin D deficiency is a common problem and vitamin supplementation can significantly help these patients overcome breathing difficulties.

Katholieke University in Leuven, Belgium doctoral student in the department of pneumology and physiotherapist Miek Hornikx states in a press statement that “Our research reveals that large doses of vitamin D supplements combined with a conventional rehabilitation program led to a much better result in terms of respiratory muscle strength and exercise capacity.”

Ms. Hornikx added that “Muscle weakness, which is a major reason for increased risk of falls and a main target for respiratory rehabilitation, is related to inadequate amounts of vitamin D in the blood.” “We sought to see if supplementation of vitamin D would benefit these patients in terms of rehabilitation, possibly by increasing muscle strength since vitamin D is usually depleted in people suffering from COPD,” she added

A total of 50 people with COPD participated in the study. Having been for referred for rehabilitation, these people were randomly assigned to receive either placebo or a dose of vitamin D each month. The patients were given a dose of 100,000 international units each month. This was way above the US’s 600 recommended daily allowance.

A pulmonary rehabilitation program for three months was given to all the participants. At the start and end of the study, the researchers measured vitamin D, exercise capacity, and respiratory and peripheral muscle strength levels. Results showed that patients given vitamin D experienced substantial improvement in respiratory muscle strength and exercise capacity compared to people in the placebo group.

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Acupuncture Can Be Used as an Adjunct Therapy for COPD

COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a very dangerous condition that can lead to death. In the United States, this disease ranks as the third largest disease killer just behind cardiovascular disease and cancer. This disease progressively worsens over the course of time and sadly, Western medicine has no cure for it.

Physicians often recommend to COPD patients to quit smoking and prescribe medications such as inhaler drugs. These drugs, however, come with adverse side effects. Other treatment options may include portable oxygen bottles to assist in breathing. Western medicine is more interested in managing the disease, not curing it. A more radical treatment for COPD is lung transplant.

Smokers are the people most affected by COPD. Also, people who are constantly respiring asbestos filaments or chemical pollutants can also develop COPD conditions, permanent lung damage or even lung cancer.

Chronic bronchitis and emphysema some of the examples of COPD; asthma, however, is not considered a COPD condition. Asthma is an autoimmune condition that usually affects children who suffer from allergies. It is a more manageable health issue than COPD. There are children whose asthma is mostly psychosomatic in origin and they tend to outgrow the disease later on in life. COPD, on the other hand, usually affects adults and is not considered an autoimmune condition. As mentioned a while ago, this disease worsens with age.

Wheezing and dsypnea (shortness of breath) are typical symptoms of these lung conditions. COPD patients tend to have a productive cough (coughing that produces phlegm) while asthmatics have dry unproductive coughs. For the shared symptoms of these two conditions, there is a crossover of toxic drugs that can be prescribed although not all of these drugs are interchangeable.

COPD patients often need to use oxygen bottles to assist them with their breathing. Asthmatics, on the other hand, have no such need. Moreover, asthma has a much lower mortality rate than COPD.

During an asthma attack, asthma sufferers tend to have constricted bronchial tubes although they are not chronic in nature. COPD patients who have chronic bronchitis have respiratory tracts that are thicker than normal; the lung passageways of COPD patients suffering from emphysema have no more elasticity. The symptoms of COPD are chronic and may be experienced in varying degrees of severity from day to day.

A double-blind placebo trial study performed by the Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan involved 68 subjects all suffering from COPD. All of them were currently on medications. They were divided in two groups. One group was given acupuncture while the other group was treated with placebo/sham acupuncture.

Both groups were administered their respective treatments for three months one treatment each week. Prior to the beginning of the study and at the end of the three month trial period, all the subjects were tested for DOE (dyspenia on exertion) after doing a six-minute walk. A Borg scale was used to measure the perceived intensity of exertion on the walk.

The Borg scores suggested that the group given acupuncture treatment registered higher scores, which meant they were able to tolerate and exert more exercise, while manifesting a lower shortness of breath after the walk compared to the group given placebo/sham acupuncture.

The researchers concluded that acupuncture can be a good complementary treatment for the relief of dyspnea along with Western medical therapies.

Conclusion

The aforementioned test just showed acupuncture’s efficacy for treating COPD conditions. The test did not even include herbal medicine that acupuncturists and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners use along with acupuncture to deal with COPD and other health conditions.

Certain nutritional supplements have also shown to be effective remedies for inflammation and hardened tissues.

Nelya de Brun is a licensed acupuncturist in Boynton Beach, FL., practicing acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Western medical pathology. She is also the founder of Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC.

COPD Symptoms and Acupuncture

Patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD may find that acupuncture can help them breathe a lot easier.

Chronic lung diseases are all bracketed under an umbrella term known as COPD. COPD may include conditions such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis among many others. This disease is usually characterized by shortness of breath and a chronic cough. The typical mode of treatment for COPD includes bronchodilators and the use of inhaled steroids to widen the airways and make breathing a lot easier.

A recent study involving 68 subjects all with COPD showed that when given acupuncture for three months, the subjects were able to walk much longer without feeling breathless as opposed to those given daily medication and sham acupuncture also for three months.

This study is included in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The subjects who were given real acupuncture also manifested a much better capacity to exercise as well as a better quality of life than the other subjects given different kinds of treatment.

A lot of sufferers of COPD have issues deriving optimal nutrition because of their sickness. Another study demonstrated that acupuncture can boost stomach function enabling COPD patients to consume a healthy diet as well as help them keep a normal weight.

COPD Symptoms and Acupuncture

There is still no clear understanding of how acupuncture actually treats the symptoms of COPD. Scientists believe that needling the acupuncture points along the area of the rib cage area can help relax the muscles that are required for breathing.

This makes a lot of sense to some doctors. Acupuncture can treat anxiety and so when a patient becomes breathless, his anxiety rises. Since acupuncture helps a person to relax, it can help relax the lungs, which opens up the respiratory tract, some doctors argue.

They now agree that acupuncture is a viable modality to resolve chronic COPD. It is very much a procedure to consider when one finds it very difficult to breathe even with the medicines.

But if one avails himself of acupuncture, he should then seek treatment from an experienced and licensed acupuncturist,

If a person suffers from lung diseases such as COPD, acupuncture is a worthwhile option to consider. Some doctors have even integrated acupuncture into their medical practice to help smokers permanently quit smoking. Acupuncture also is effective in treating asthma which helps them cut down their use of steroids.

A lot of people who only have a limited knowledge of what acupuncture is all about think that it is only good for treating pain. What they are not aware of is that acupuncture has been endorsed by the World Health Organization to be a valid treatment for 40 known health conditions including COPD.

Acupuncture may help a lot in treating COPD but this treatment on its own may not be powerful enough to effect a treatment. Acupuncture needs to be used along with COPD drugs and other treatments. Most acupuncturists would advise their patients to see their doctors first and get the right medication to help better control their condition.

 

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1607 NE 16th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
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Acupuncture for COPD

Acupuncture can be a safe way to help people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD to respire a bit easier. Chronic lung diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis all fall into the umbrella term known as COPD. This condition is often represented by shortness of breath and a chronic cough. COPD treatment usually involves the utilization of bronchodilators and inhaled steroids to clear and dilate airways to make respiration easier.

A study involving 68 subjects suffering from COPD had some of them receiving acupuncture, along with their daily medication, for about three months. The others were given sham acupuncture therapy wherein the needles did not penetrate their skin. The group given acupuncture along with their daily medication was able to walk longer without becoming breathless compared to the ones given sham acupuncture therapy.

This study was actually posted in the website of the Archives of Internal Medicine.  Individuals who were given real acupuncture also manifested improvements in their ability to exercise and in their quality of life, based on the study conduced in Kyoto, Japan by researchers from Meiji University of Integrative Medicine and Kyoto University.

A lot of people suffering from COPD are unable to attain optimal nutrition due to their condition. The study demonstrated that acupuncture can boost the function of the abdomen, making it easier for COPD sufferers to eat a healthy diet and preserve their normal healthy weight.

COPD Symptoms and Acupuncture

The exact manner in how acupuncture treats COPD symptoms is still a mystery to Western medical researchers. These people think that the needling process in acupuncture points on the rib cage area can help relax the muscles involved in respiration. Some experts think this makes sense since acupuncture can help bring down anxiety levels in a person. A person experiencing breathing difficulties has a high level of anxiety and relaxation thus can help explain the reason for the treatment.

As mentioned before, acupuncture can help dilate the airways and release chemicals that cause the lungs to relax. There is little, if ever, downside to the use of acupuncture in treating COPD. This modality is well worth a try for people who find it hard to deal with their COPD despite the use of drugs. However, if one does really consider getting acupuncture, he/she should only avail of the services of an experienced and licensed acupuncturist.

Some acupuncturists not only use acupuncture to treat COPD patients, they also use acupuncture to help smokers stop their habit. Acupuncture can also aid asthmatics in helping to lessen their dependency on steroids. One important thing to remember is that acupuncture should be always combined with drug therapy or other COPD therapies, not as a replacement for it.

Scott Paglia is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Bellingham, WA and provides master level pulse diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Whatcom County, WA.

Acupuncture for COPD

Acupuncture can be a safe way to help people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD to respire a bit easier. Chronic lung diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis all fall into the umbrella term known as COPD. This condition is often represented by shortness of breath and a chronic cough. COPD treatment usually involves the utilization of bronchodilators and inhaled steroids to clear and dilate airways to make respiration easier.

A study involving 68 subjects suffering from COPD had some of them receiving acupuncture, along with their daily medication, for about three months. The others were given sham acupuncture therapy wherein the needles did not penetrate their skin. The group given acupuncture along with their daily medication was able to walk longer without becoming breathless compared to the ones given sham acupuncture therapy.

This study was actually posted in the website of the Archives of Internal Medicine.  Individuals who were given real acupuncture also manifested improvements in their ability to exercise and in their quality of life, based on the study conduced in Kyoto, Japan by researchers from Meiji University of Integrative Medicine and Kyoto University.

A lot of people suffering from COPD are unable to attain optimal nutrition due to their condition. The study demonstrated that acupuncture can boost the function of the abdomen, making it easier for COPD sufferers to eat a healthy diet and preserve their normal healthy weight.

COPD Symptoms and Acupuncture

The exact manner in how acupuncture treats COPD symptoms is still a mystery to Western medical researchers. These people think that the needling process in acupuncture points on the rib cage area can help relax the muscles involved in respiration. Some experts think this makes sense since acupuncture can help bring down anxiety levels in a person. A person experiencing breathing difficulties has a high level of anxiety and relaxation thus can help explain the reason for the treatment.

As mentioned before, acupuncture can help dilate the airways and release chemicals that cause the lungs to relax. There is little, if ever, downside to the use of acupuncture in treating COPD. This modality is well worth a try for people who find it hard to deal with their COPD despite the use of drugs. However, if one does really consider getting acupuncture, he/she should only avail of the services of an experienced and licensed acupuncturist.

Some acupuncturists not only use acupuncture to treat COPD patients, they also use acupuncture to help smokers stop their habit. Acupuncture can also aid asthmatics in helping to lessen their dependency on steroids. One important thing to remember is that acupuncture should be always combined with drug therapy or other COPD therapies, not as a replacement for it.

 

Willow Tree Wellness Clinic
1607 NE 16th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
Ph: 503-281-0030
http://willowtreeclinic.com/