Fibromyalgia is a painful, non-articular condition predominately involving muscles, and is the most common cause of chronic, widespread musculoskeletal pain. It is usually bilateral, variable and generalized. Other symptoms include fatigue, poor quality of sleep, morning stiffness and increased perception of effort.
A study published in the June edition of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings shows acupuncture can relieve fatigue and anxiety in fibromyalgia patients for up to seven months after the treatment:
David P. Martin, MD, PhD, and Mayo Clinic colleagues tested 50 fibromyalgia patients; half were treated with acupuncture, half got fake treatments. Neither group knew which treatment it was receiving. The patients got six treatments over a two- to three-week period. They were questioned about their symptoms immediately after treatment, one month later, then again seven months later.
Based on their answers to the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, the “true” acupuncture patients had less fatigue and fewer anxiety symptoms one month after treatment than the “fake” acupuncture group.