Fibromyalgia

Acupuncture has been found to be effective in treating pain levels and decreasing the number of tender points in fibromyalgia patients.

29 patients who had been suffering from fibromyalgia for a minimum of 6 years, were given acupuncture and tested by using a pain scale.  No other pain medication was administered.  Pain levels were found to decrease from 64.0 to 34.5 after acupuncture treatment, with a decrease in the number of tender points from 16.0 to 11.8.  Results also showed an increase in certain blood chemicals (seratonin and substance P), which help to regulate pain.

“Pain treatment of fibromyalgia by acupuncture”.  Sprott H, Franke S, Kluge H, Hein G, “Rheumatol Int 1998;18(1):35-36