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Author Yujing Liu
Chinese and American researchers have found a new drug treatment for asthma by studying acupuncture, potentially opening the door to more applications of the traditional Chinese medicine in modern medical research.
The drug therapy is more effective than existing asthma medication, according to a paper published in the Science Translational Medicine journal on Thursday.
Globally, 300 million people are estimated to suffer from the chronic lung disease that inflames and constricts the airways, causing wheezing, breathlessness, a tight chest and coughing.
Acupuncture was central to the discovery since earlier findings of its effectiveness in treating asthma prompted the study.