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Effects of acupuncture to treat fibromyalgia

Thursday 25 March 2010

Chinese MedicineFrom the medical journal Chinese Medicine:

Effects of acupuncture to treat fibromyalgia: A preliminary randomised controlled trial

Kazunori Itoh email and Hiroshi Kitakoji email

Chinese Medicine 2010, 5:11doi:10.1186/1749-8546-5-11

Published 23 March 2010

Abstract (provisional)

Background

Acupuncture is often used to treat fibromyalgia (FM), but it remains unclear whether acupuncture is effective. This study aims to evaluate the effects of acupuncture on pain and quality of life (QoL) in FM patients.

Methods

Sixteen patients (13 women and 3 men aged 25-63 years) suffering from FM were randomised into two groups: group A (n=8) received five acupuncture treatments after the fifth week and group B received ten acupuncture treatments. Outcome measures used in this study were pain intensity (visual analogue scale, VAS) and the fibromyalgia impact questionnaire (FIQ).

Results

After the fifth week, pain intensity (U=25.0; P=0.022) in group B decreased and QoL (U=24.5; P=0.026) improved compared to group A.

Conclusion

The present study suggests that acupuncture treatment is effective to relieve pain for FM patients in terms of QoL and FIQ.

The complete article is available as a provisional PDF. The fully formatted PDF and HTML versions are in production.

The article originally appeared here.

 


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