The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Training people with chronic obstructive lung disease to breath better

    In most patients with significant chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), weak muscles control their breathing. It’s possible to train these muscles. But which ones to train and are the benefits worth the effort?

    Here’s what we know.
    The most recent review of the literature indicates that training the muscles that control inspiration can significantly improve muscle strength and endurance. The every day benefits to patients include less difficulty in breathing (dyspnea) compared to patients who are simply educated about breathing.

    In fact, an earlier review on Medscape concluded that under the right conditions of training, “there is an associated increase in exercise capacity, improvement in quality of life, and decrease in dyspnea.”

    Training, as you might expect, requires commitment. In one study, patients trained at home for 30 minutes each day, 6 days a week.

    Okay. But what about training the muscles that control expiration?

    According to the same Medscape article, the benefits of expiratory muscle training in patients with COPD are less clear. Yes, there are benefits. But training the inspiratory muscles provides a slightly superior effect on exercise capacity, and has the additional benefit that it reduces dyspnea.

    The emphasis now is to develop more effective treatment programs.

    1/7/07 11:43 JR

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