If the effect of acupuncture is lasting or if it lessens over time isn't known, Edelman said. But for patients with substantial shortness of breath that can't be controlled, trying acupuncture may be worthwhile.
Acupuncture generally costs $60 to $120 a session, and some insurance plans cover it. Medicare currently does not.
For more information on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, visit the American Lung Association.
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