Fibromyalgia Patients May Benefit from Electroacupuncture

Fibromyalgia Patients May Benefit from Electroacupuncture
Women with fibromyalgia (FM) who were treated by electroacupuncture for 10 weeks experienced less pain, improved physical function, and better health in general following the treatment. The study, “Impact of Electroacupuncture Treatment on Quality of Life and Heart Rate Variability in Fibromyalgia Patients, was performed by Livia G. Díaz-Toral and colleagues from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico, and published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine. Earlier studies have shown that electroacupuncture can reduce clinical symptoms of fibromyalgia, both in laboratory animals and in patients. The researchers enrolled 20 women in the study, and the participants received two electroacupuncture sessions per week for 10 weeks, administered by a specialist. The team used two questionnaires to score functional and psychological outcomes, as well as physical function, mental health, and health-related quality of life. After treatment conclusion, patients reported substantially lower pain, fatigue, morning tiredness, stiffness, anxiety, and depression. Patients also reported improvements in physical function, physical role, body pain, general health, and vitality scores. Fibromyalgia patients are reported to have alterations in their autonomic nervous system signaling, characterized by increased sympathetic activity. The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems trigger two important physiological responses. These could be simplified as the stress-linked
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