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What Is chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease?

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive lung condition characterized by airflow limitation and difficulty in breathing. It is primarily caused by long-term exposure to irritants, such as cigarette smoke, air pollution, or occupational hazards. COPD encompasses two main conditions: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Chronic bronchitis involves inflammation and narrowing of the airways, while emphysema damages the air sacs in the lungs, reducing their elasticity and impairing their ability to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide.


If you have COPD, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Persistent cough with mucus production
  • Shortness of breath, especially during physical activity
  • Wheezing or whistling sound when breathing
  • Chest tightness or discomfort
  • Fatigue and reduced energy levels
  • Frequent respiratory infections


Acupuncture can be a valuable adjunct therapy for managing COPD and improving respiratory function. By targeting specific acupuncture points, it aims to reduce inflammation, open up the airways, and promote overall well-being. Benefits of acupuncture for COPD include:

Acupuncture has been shown to enhance lung capacity and improve airflow, leading to better breathing and reduced shortness of breath.

Acupuncture can help alleviate coughing, mucus production, and wheezing, improving overall comfort and quality of life.

Acupuncture stimulates the immune system, reducing the risk of respiratory infections that can worsen COPD symptoms.

Acupuncture sessions can help address fatigue and boost energy levels, enabling individuals with COPD to engage in daily activities more comfortably.

Acupuncture has a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to reduce stress and anxiety associated with COPD, which can exacerbate symptoms.