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Some studies show that acupuncture is helpful in relieving both chronic and sudden pain, though other studies show it is not effective for chronic pain. However, a recent study in Brazil examined the use of acupuncture in the treatment of fibromyalgia and found that it significantly reduced both pain and depression. [Rheumawire 11/22/02.] The study also found that benefits from acupuncture, which was administered once a week, started about two to three weeks into treatment and reached its full effect at around five weeks.
(Source: Natural Treatments for Fibromyalgia: An A to Z Guide, by Kenna Simmons. An official publication of the Arthritis Foundation. To purchase, visit www.arthritis.org.)