Acupuncture in Patients with Allergic Asthma: A Randomized Pragmatic Trial
Background: Although the available evidence is insufficient, acupuncture is used in patients suffering from chronic asthma. The aim of this pragmatic study was to investigate the effectiveness of acupuncture in addition to routine care in patients with allergic asthma compared to treatment with routine care alone.
Methods: Patients with allergic asthma were included in a randomized controlled trial and randomized to receive up to 15 acupuncture sessions over 3 months, or to a control group receiving routine care alone.
Conclusions: In patients with allergic asthma, additional acupuncture treatment to routine care was associated with increased disease-specific and health-related quality of life compared to treatment with routine care alone.
© The Author(s)
Stefan N. Willich
Claudia M. Witt
Published Online:1 Apr 2017 https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2016.0357
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Vol. 23, No. 4