Acupuncture and bronchial asthma

Allergy. 1984 Jul;39(5):379-85. doi: 10.1111/j.1398-9995.1984.tb01956.x.


Seventeen patients with stable bronchial asthma were randomly assigned to receive either correct acupuncture or placebo acupuncture. The study lasted 11 weeks and consisted of a pre-therapy, therapy, and post-therapy period. The patients received 10 treatments during a 5-week period. The effect of therapy on pulmonary function was assessed daily by the patients at home. Morning and evening peak expiratory flow rate, number of puffs beta 2-agonist aerosol needed, as well as subjective symptoms of asthma were recorded in a diary. The correctly treated group improved significantly throughout the study. Also, compared with the placebo group, a significant improvement was found in all assessed parameters 2 weeks after beginning therapy. Hereafter, no differences could be shown.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy*
  • Asthma / therapy*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Forced Expiratory Volume
  • Humans
  • Peak Expiratory Flow Rate
  • Statistics as Topic
  • Time Factors