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Community-style acupuncture can reduce the negative impact of common fibromyalgia symptoms, American authors report. The subjects were 30 women with fibromyalgia experiencing relatively high pain levels that were not being addressed using standard pharmaceutical approaches. The women were randomly assigned to ten weeks of either group acupuncture or group education, with a one-month follow-up post-treatment. Acupuncture participants received twice-weekly group acupuncture sessions using individualised treatment based on TCM diagnosis. Compared with education, group acupuncture significantly improved global symptom impact, pain and fatigue scores. Acupuncture recipients reported a 25% improvement in fatigue at the end of treatment, and a 33% improvement at four weeks post-treatment. They also experienced an average reduction from baseline of 2.8 points on a ten point pain scale, which was further reduced by 3.5 points at four-week follow-up. Acupuncture was found to be safe and well-tolerated, and many women also reported functional improvements in their life activities.

Randomized Controlled Trial of Acupuncture for Women with Fibromyalgia: Group Acupuncture with Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnosis-Based Point Selection. Pain Med. 2018 Feb 13.

 

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