Activate Now
 
ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help

Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

Depersonalization and Derealization From Chronic Lyme Disease and Its Coinfections: A perpetual ment...

How One LLND Treats Lyme disease and Co-infections Using Natural Medicine

Single Low-magnitude Electric Pulse Successfully Fights Inflammation

Why Is Spicy Food Good for You?

Parasites and Worms As Major Complicating Co-Factors In Lyme Disease Recovery

Omega-3 fatty acids may help improve treatment, quality of life in cancer patients

Ask the Doctor- Is it possible to be fully healed from or cured of Lyme Disease?

How Essential Oils Can Help Improve Your Life

Clinically Studied Joint Relief Product for FM & ME/CFS

Brain "fog," inflammation and obesity: key aspects of neuropsychiatric disorders improved by luteoli...

 
Print Page
Email Article

Efficacy of acupuncture in fibromyalgia syndrome: A systematic review with a meta-analysis of controlled clinical trials – Source: Rheumatology (Oxford), Jan 2010

  [ 7 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
By J Langhorst, et al. • www.ProHealth.com • January 27, 2010


Objective: To systematically review the efficacy of acupuncture in fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS).

Methods: MEDLINE, PsychInfo, EMBASE, CAMBASE and the Cochrane Library were screened (through July 2009). The reference sections of original studies and systematic reviews for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on acupuncture in FMS were searched.

Results: Seven RCTs with a median treatment time of 9 (range 6-25) sessions and 385 patients were included. Outcomes of interest were key symptoms of FMS, namely pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, reduced physical function and side effects at post-treatment.

Follow-up of two RCTs with a median follow-up of 26 weeks was available. Standardized mean differences (SMDs) comparing verum and control acupuncture were calculated. Strong evidence for the reduction of pain (SMD -0.25; 95% CI -0.49, -0.02; P = 0.04) was found at post-treatment. There was no evidence for the reduction of fatigue and sleep disturbances, or the improvement of physical function at post-treatment. There was no evidence for the reduction of pain and improvement of physical function at the latest follow-up.

Subgroup analyses resulted in moderate evidence for a significant and small reduction of pain at post-treatment in studies with electro-stimulation and individualized acupuncture. Stratifying the type of controls (penetrating vs non-penetrating control acupuncture) did not change the results.

Significant reduction of pain was only present in studies with risk of bias.

Side effects were inconsistently reported.

Conclusion: A small analgesic effect of acupuncture was present, which, however, was not clearly distinguishable from bias. Thus, acupuncture cannot be recommended for the management of FMS.

Source: Rheumatology (Oxford), Jan 2010. PMID: 20100789, by Langhorst J, Klose P, Musial F, Irnich D, Häuser W. Department of Internal Medicine V, (Complementary and Integrative Medicine), University of Duisburg-Essen, Kliniken Essen-Mitte; Department of Anesthesiology, Multidisciplinary Pain Center, Ludwig Maximilian Universität München, Munich; Department of Internal Medicine I, Klinikum Saarbrücken, Saarbrücken; Department of Psychosomatic Medicine, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany. [E-mail: whaeuser@klinikum-saarbruecken.de]




Please Discuss This Article:   Post a Comment 



[ Be the first to comment on this article ]




 
Free Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Newsletters
Subscribe to
Our FREE
Newsletter
Subscribe Now!
Receive up-to-date ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia treatment and research news
 Privacy Guaranteed  |  View Archives

Save on Nutritional Supplement Orders

Featured Products

FibroSleep™ FibroSleep™
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils
Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Optimized Curcumin Longvida®
Supports Cognition, Memory & Overall Health

Natural Remedies

Quercetin: Natural Support for Allergy & Inflammation Relief and More Quercetin: Natural Support for Allergy & Inflammation Relief and More
Mitochondria-Booster NIAGEN® Shows Promise in First Human Clinical Trial Mitochondria-Booster NIAGEN® Shows Promise in First Human Clinical Trial
Energy Breakthrough - One Fibromyalgia Patient’s Fortuitous Discovery Energy Breakthrough - One Fibromyalgia Patient’s Fortuitous Discovery
Health Benefits Are Brewing in Green Tea Health Benefits Are Brewing in Green Tea
Herbal Inflammation Management for Whole Body Health Herbal Inflammation Management for Whole Body Health

FIBROMYALGIA RESOURCES
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia Diagnosis
Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Fibromyalgia Treatments
| CFS RESOURCES
What is CFS?
ME/CFS Diagnosis
ME/CFS Symptoms
ME/CFS Treatments
| FORUMS
Fibromyalgia
ME/CFS
ADVANCED MEDICAL LABS
WHOLESALE  |  AFFILIATES
GUARANTEE  |  PRIVACY
CONTACT US
LIBRARY
RSS
SITE MAP
ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus
Credit Card Processing