Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Acupuncture relieves symptoms of fibromyalgia

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A Mayo Clinic study found that acupuncture reduces the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder considered disabling by many, and is characterized by chronic, widespread musculoskeletal pain and symptoms such as fatigue, joint stiffness and sleep disturbance. No cure is known and available treatments are only partially effective.

The study involved 50 fibromyalgia patients enrolled in a randomized, controlled trial to determine if acupuncture improved their symptoms. Symptoms of patients who received acupuncture significantly improved compared with the control group.The study is published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

"The results of the study convince me there is something more than the placebo effect to acupuncture " says David Martin, lead author of the acupuncture article and a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist. " It affirms a lot of clinical impressions that this complementary medical technique is helpful for patients."

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