Acupuncture and Fibromyalgia


Acupuncture and Fibromyalgia


The treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is currently lacking, and pharmacological strategies tend to be inadequate. Acupuncture has previously been found to play a role among complementary approaches; however, information on when it should be integrated into therapy is still lacking.

A new study from Carlos et al in the journal, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, set out to further investigate acupuncture’s role in treating nonresponsive FMS. Participants in the study were treated with weekly acupuncture sessions, for a total of eight sessions. At the baseline and after the treatment cycle, a clinical evaluation was carried out to highlight any improvements in terms of the severity of the disease and pain.

After the eight-week treatment, patients experienced a significant improvement. The researchers noted that the treatments were effective on issues that are often difficult to treat, such as neuropathic pain features. The acupuncture was also effective on negative psychological perceptions, such as pain catastrophising.

For these reasons, the researchers stated that acupuncture could be proposed in phases of high severity of disease, and intervention with multimodal strategies, including acupuncture, could be of great benefit to FMS patients.

Read the full study here. 

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