Trying Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia Treatment


Pros, Cons, and Potential Relief That Comes With Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia

If you’re considering adding acupuncture to your fibro management plan, you’re not alone: the majority of fibro patients eventually seek out other physical or psychological therapies to relieve their symptoms, and acupuncture is certainly gaining ground among those alternatives.

Acupuncture appears to work well for certain chronic pain conditions, although research to uncover the specific process at play is ongoing. There is no guarantee it will work for every case of fibromyalgia in the same ways, but there are a few reasons to consider trying out this ancient therapeutic technique if you suffer from fibro pain and fatigue.

What the Studies Say

Acupuncture has been used for centuries in some cultures, but it’s a fairly recent addition to the Western medical arsenal. Over the past few decades, researchers have seen many benefits come from regular, professional acupuncture therapy for a variety of diseases.

Although more high-quality research is needed to confirm acupuncture’s therapeutic value for fibro patients, studies out of the east and the west have returned promising results. Although it won’t necessarily take care of all your pain, a study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings showed acupuncture can measurably improve fatigue and anxiety — and the effects can last for several weeks.

Although some doctors have been skeptical about acupuncture, citing any reported improvement as the “placebo effect,” the study mentioned above suggests otherwise.

50 fibro patients were separated into two groups: one group received authentic acupuncture treatments, while the other received fake treatments, and patients did not know which group they were in. Based on their answers to multiple follow-up questionnaires, the patients that received real treatments had less fatigue and anxiety in the month following the treatment.


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