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Efficacy of Waon therapy for Fibromyalgia – Source: Internal Medicine (Tokyo) Aug 15, 2008

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Objective: Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic syndrome characterized by widespread pain with tenderness in specific areas. We examined the applicability of Waon therapy (soothing warmth therapy) as a new method of pain treatment in patients with FMS.

Methods: Thirteen female FMS patients (mean age, 45.2+/-15.5 years old; range, 25-75) who fulfilled the criteria of the American College of Rheumatology participated in this study.

Patients received Waon therapy once per day for 2 or 5 days/week. The patients:

Reductions in subjective pain and symptoms were determined using the pain visual analog scale (VAS) and fibromyalgia impact questionnaire (FIQ).

Results: All patients experienced a significant reduction in pain by about half after the first session of Waon therapy (11% to 70%), and the effect of Waon therapy became stable (20% to 78%) after 10 treatments.

Pain VAS and FIQ symptom scores were significantly (p<0.01) decreased after Waon therapy and remained low throughout the observation period.

Conclusion: Waon therapy is effective for the treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome.

Source: Internal Medicine (Tokyo) Aug 15, 2008;47(16):1473-6. [E-pub ahead of print] PMID: 18703857, by Matsushita K, Masuda A, Tei C. The First Department of Internal Medicine, Kagoshima University Hospital, Kagoshima, Japan. [E-mail: kaku@m2.kufm.kagoshima-u.ac.jp [1]]