New study: Acupuncture helps patients with fibromyalgia against chronic pain

New study: Acupuncture helps patients with fibromyalgia against chronic pain

Individualized acupuncture treatment has a good effect on fibromyalgia
Acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). For example, it helps with chronic back pain and migraine attacks. A new study found that acupuncture can also improve the quality of life of people with fibromyalgia and relieve their chronic pain.

Acupuncture helps those affected with some illnesses. In addition, the benefits of such treatment usually remain for a long time. In a study, scientists from the "Dona Mercedes Primary Health Center" found that acupuncture can even relieve pain in people with fibromyalgia and thus improve the quality of life of those suffering from it. The researchers published the results of their study in the journal "Acupuncture in Medicine".

Individualized acupuncture treatments reduce pain values ​​by 41 percent
In their new study, the Spanish scientists found that individualized acupuncture treatments lead to pain relief in people with fibromyalgia. These benefits appeared to persist even one year after treatment. The study compared the effects of acupuncture with those of sham acupuncture. In sham acupuncture, a therapist imitates acupuncture without needles, the doctors explain. The subjects in the study all had fibromyalgia, the researchers add. Already ten weeks after the treatment, the patient's pain values ​​dropped by an average of 41 percent. In the subjects who had only received simulated acupuncture treatment, the pain value decreased by 27 percent. These advantages could still be determined after one year, the scientists explain.

Fibromyalgia causes chronic pain, fatigue and can cause depression
Customized acupuncture is a safe and good therapeutic option for treating patients with fibromyalgia, says lead researcher Dr. Jorge Vas from the “Dona Mercedes Primary Health Center”. Fibromyalgia patients have chronic pain that is often associated with fatigue, poor sleeping habits, and depression. The disease affects an estimated five percent of the population, explains Dr. Vas. Women are often affected by the disease. For the study, Dr. Vas and his colleagues examined about 160 patients with fibromyalgia. The subjects were assigned either individual acupuncture or simulated acupuncture. The patients had nine weekly treatments, with each session lasting twenty minutes, the scientists explain. The participants were allowed to continue their pharmacological treatment. Subjects who received individualized acupuncture later took less medication than the sham acupuncture group, the doctors say.

Medications and psychological techniques have limited success in fibromyalgia
In our clinic, there is not only individualized acupuncture for fibromyalgia patients, but also for patients with various other illnesses, and we can see a clear difference to those affected by standard acupuncture, explains Dr. It was surprising in the study that the sham acupuncture group found pain relief even though they were treated with a small tube instead of a nail. Pain relief was maintained for up to ten weeks after treatment, Dr. Medications with fibromyalgia have mixed results and often lead to side effects. Evidence of the effectiveness of psychological techniques is also limited, the doctor adds. (as)

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