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Acupuncture is more effective than sham acupuncture and other interventions for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), report Chinese systematic review authors. Their meta-analysis, which included 16 studies with 1346 subjects showed that acupuncture appears to be more effective than sham acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for CFS as measured by overall response rate. Results from several studies also favoured the effect of acupuncture on reducing fatigue severity, and showed that acupuncture was more effective than orthodox medicine and usual care. The most commonly used acupuncture points were Zusanli ST-36, Ganshu BL-18, Pishu Ganshu BL-20, Shenshu BL-23 and Baihui DU-20.

Acupuncture for chronic fatigue syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Acupunct Med. 2019 Aug;37(4):211-222