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Auricular Acupressure as an Adjuvant Treatment for Wheezing in Stable Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Published: May 10th, 2024

DOI:

10.3791/66188

1Department of Respiratory Medicine, Hospital of Chengdu, University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, People’s Hospital of Xinjin District
* These authors contributed equally

This protocol describes an effective therapy using auricular acupressure to relieve wheezing symptoms in stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major public health problem. Due to the restriction of expiratory airflow, it is characterized by emphysematous destruction of the lungs. Shortness of breath is one of the main clinical symptoms. Auricular acupressure is a clinical therapy characteristic of Chinese medicine that treats the disease by compressing ear points. Usually, the seeds of Vaccaria segetalis are used to stimulate ear points, which has the effect of regulating qi and alleviating wheezing. In this paper, we propose this characteristic therapy of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for the clinical symptoms of wheezing of lung and kidney qi deficiency type in stable COPD patients. Ear points are selected as the treatment protocol for Lung (CO14), Spleen (CO13), Kidney (CO10), Shen Men (TF4), and Ping Chuan (AT1.2.4i) points. The protocol describes a case study using auricular acupressure for a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to relieve wheezing symptoms.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common, preventable, and treatable chronic respiratory disease. The disease is characterized by persistent respiratory symptoms and airflow limitation, usually associated with airway and/or alveolar abnormalities caused by significant exposure to harmful particles or gases1. In 2016, more than 3 million people died from COPD, accounting for 6% of all deaths worldwide2. Healthcare costs for COPD are an increasing burden on the world3. COPD is now a major public health problem with high rates of death, morbidity, disability, and....

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The protocol is carried out in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki. It is approved by the Approval Committee of the Department of Respiratory Medicine, Hospital of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The number is KY2022009. Informed consent was obtained.

1. Patient candidacy screening

  1. Inclusion criteria
    1. Ensure age is between 50-65 years. Ensure that the patients meet the diagnosis of stable COPD and lung and kidney qi deficiency.......

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The above protocol describes a controlled trial to investigate the efficacy of auricular acupressure in improving wheezing symptoms in stable COPD patients. For this study, 1 patient who met the criteria was enrolled and completed the trial. The patient was male and 64 years old. The patient suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for 5+ years. Long-term regular treatment with inhalation preparations was administered for long-term cough and wheezing.

The patient was admitted to the.......

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Modern medicine treats COPD patients mainly with long-acting β2 agonists (LABAs), long-acting muscarinic antagonists (LAMAs), and ICS23. Chinese medicine classifies COPD as wheezing based on the clinical characteristics of cough, sputum, shortness of breath, and dyspnea24. At the same time, Chinese medicine believes that the 12 meridians are connected to the ear. Auricular points are interconnected with meridians, tissues, and organs. It is closely related to the body&.......

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We appreciate the financial support from the National TCM Clinical Excellent Talents Training Program (National TCM Renjiao Letter [2022] No. 1), 100 Talent Plan Project of Hospital of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Hospital office [2021] 42), Special subject of scientific research of Sichuan Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (2021MS093, 2021MS539, 2023MS608), 2022 Tianfu Qingcheng Plan Tianfu Science and Technology Leading Talents Project (Chuan Qingcheng No. 1090) and Sichuan science and technology program of Science & Technology Department of Sichuan Province (2022YF0392).

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NameCompanyCatalog NumberComments
Auricular acupressure patch templateHengshui Runhuang Trading Co., Ltd
Cotton balls with 75% ethanolQingdao Hainuo Biological Engineering Co., Ltd20172640783
Medical bladesSuzhou Kaiyuan Medical Equipment Co., Ltd20192020831
Medical tapeZhende Medical Supplies Co., Ltd20170090
Sterile forcepsYangzhou Zhixiang Medical Technology Co., Ltd20210081
The seeds of Vaccaria segetalisAnhui Kang Yunuo Biotechnology Co., LtdSC10334161107893

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