Acupuncture Safe and Effective for Managing Fibromyalgia-related Pain, Review Study Suggests

Acupuncture Safe and Effective for Managing Fibromyalgia-related Pain, Review Study Suggests
Acupuncture therapy is safe and effective for patients with fibromyalgia, helping to manage chronic pain and improve quality of life, a study suggests, but more trials are still needed to support its findings. The study, "Acupuncture therapy for fibromyalgia: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials," was published in the Journal of Pain Research. Chronic pain is one of the main symptoms of fibromyalgia. Others include fatigue, sleep difficulties, depression, and anxiety, which all contribute to a lower quality of life. With no cure available for fibromyalgia, treatment takes a multidimensional approach with patient education, behavioral therapy, exercise, and pain management. The most common approach for pain management involves different combinations of medicines that are only mildly effective. Current European guidelines indicate that initial pain management for fibromyalgia should focus on nonpharmacological therapies, such as acupuncture. Acupuncture therapy is widely used to manage pain for different conditions, and previous trials have shown promising results about its use to manage fibromyalgia-related pain. However, review studies that evaluated available trials until 2013 co
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