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Acupuncture for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: Protocol for a systematic review.

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Summary of "Acupuncture for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: Protocol for a systematic review."

Patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) often suffer from progressive worsening of dyspnea and lung function. Although 2 drugs are now available for IPF treatment, many gaps are still to be filled. Evidences suggest that there may be some beneficial effect of acupuncture on pulmonary diseases. This review aims to systematically determine the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for treating IPF.

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Name: Medicine
ISSN: 1536-5964
Pages: e9114

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