Acupuncture Does Not Appear to Relieve Pain in Fibromyalgia Patients

Acupuncture Does Not Appear to Relieve Pain in Fibromyalgia Patients
Acupuncture, along with two other alternative methods of pain relief, proved to be insufficient to provide the analgesia needed for patients with fibromyalgia. These are the results of a study titled “Short-term complementary and alternative medicine on quality of life in women with fibromyalgia” in the Journal of Integrative Medicine. Researchers compared three classical traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) therapies: acupuncture (AC), electroacupuncture (EAC) and moxibustion (MX) in the management of pain and promotion of Quality of Life (QoL) in fibromyalgia patients. Thirty women with fibromyalgia with an average age of 47 years were enrolled from 2010 to 2012. Each patient had a pain-pressure threshold (PPT) of more than 4 kg/cm². Study participants were assigned into three different groups: those who received acupuncture, those who received electroacupuncture, and those who received moxibustion (a type of heat therapy where the herb mugwort is burned for 30 minutes) once a week for eight weeks. The acupuncture points on the body included neiguan (PC6); hegu (LI4); yanglingquan (GB34); sanyinjiao (SP6); and taichong (LR3). Before and after each treatment, the women were asked to report their pain-pressure thresholds, W
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