Skeptical Researchers Say Not Enough Evidence to Support CAM Therapy in Battling FM Pain

Skeptical Researchers Say Not Enough Evidence to Support CAM Therapy in Battling FM Pain
Acupuncture is the only type of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapy that has shown any promise in relieving pain among people with fibromyalgia (FM), and even its benefits are not entirely accepted by the medical community, according to a recent study on the topic. More studies are warranted to investigate the benefits of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies in improving pain in fibromyalgia (FM), according to results of a recent study showing that of the several CAM therapies available, acupuncture is the only one that has shown promise in decreasing FM pain, although more studies are required. The report, “An overview of systematic reviews of complementary and alternative therapies for fibromyalgia using both AMSTAR and ROBIS as quality assessment tools,” was published in the journal Systematic Reviews.
“There was low-quality evidence that acupuncture improves pain compared to no treatment or standard treatment, but good evidence that it is no better than sham acupuncture,” the study found. “The evidence for homoeopathy, spinal manipulation and herbal medicine was limited.”
FM patients, the vast majority of whom are women, often turn to CAM therapies when conventional medication can
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