By Joshi YM.
Journal of the Association of Physicians of India, 1992 May, 40(5):327-31.
Pub type: Journal Article; Review; Review, Tutorial.
AT: UCLA Biomed W1 AS768
(PE title: The Journal of the Association of Physicians of India.)
Abstract: By now, there is adequate clinical experience of treating bronchial
asthma with acupuncture. It has a limited role in treating acute attacks
since it is a weak bronchodilator, but it has an excellent prophylactic
effect in the long run.
Controlled trials have shown that acupuncture
causes modest improvement in objective parameters, with significant
subjective improvement. However, in all these trials there is a large
degree of variation in the technique and methodology used.
It is expected
that with standardization of the technique as per the guidelines given,
future trials will be able to quantify the efficacy of acupuncture in
bronchial asthma. In addition, investigation of the mechanism by which
acupuncture works may lead to better understanding of the pathophysiology