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ACUPUNCTURE IN HEALTH NEWS
“ACUPUNCTURE RELIEVES FIBROMYALGIA!”
A significant study conducted under the
watchful eye of Mayo Clinic researchers has clearly demonstrated that
Acupuncture brings relief to fibromyalgia sufferers. These are very positive
findings for individuals who wish to avoid a reliance on drugs to treat the pain
caused by this condition.
study shows there is something real about Acupuncture and its effects on
fibromyalgia,” said Dr. David Martin, the Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist who was
the study’s lead investigator. “Our study was performed on patients with
moderate to severe fibromyalgia. It’s my speculation that if Acupuncture works
for these patients with recalcitrant (hard to treat) fibromyalgia — wher
previous treatments had not provided satisfactory relief— it would likely work
for many of the millions of fibromyalgia patients.”
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder with
symptoms that include widespread pain, tenderness an stiffness in the muscles.
It is generally accompanied by fatigue, headache and sleep disturbances.
patients for whom symptom-relief treatments had failed were selected for the
study. Mayc Clinic physicians who specialize in pain management randomly
assigned subjects to a group that would receive Acupuncture or a group that
would receive simulated Acupuncture (treatment to sham Acupuncture point).
Subjects were not informed which group they were in.
person filled out a symptom-assessment questionnaire prior to the first
treatment and then received six treatments over a period of two to three weeks.
Follow-up data was collected from all patients immediately after treatment.
Then, one month after care ended and then again seven months after treatment,
they were re-interviewed to find out about their current levels of pain and
Following the initial treatments, symptoms
of pain, fatigue and anxiety were most significantly improved in the patients
given true Acupuncture. These patients experienced the largest improvements one
month after their care ended. At the seventh-month follow-up interview, some
patients reported that their discomfort had returned if no additional
Acupuncture care had been administered.
Martin believed the study patients would have seen sustained improvement with
ongoing Acupuncture. “It’s a reasonable expectation that if they received
more Acupuncture after two to three months, they would have maintained their
improvement,” he said. “Acupuncture usually works for about three months,
and then patients need a less-intensive treatment session. These patients would
need more acupuncture periodically for as long as they experience fibromyalgia
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