Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia
In a recent study researchers have found that acupuncture can reduce pain, improve sleep and generally boosts health for sufferers of fibromyalgia. This study did not report statistical changes in fatigue.
Fibromyalgia, sadly, is not well understood. It is a complex constellation of conditions that is tricky to treat. As a result sufferers can be left to seek alternatives.
As a complex condition I find it essential to have a broad approach. It is important to undertake dietary and lifestyle changes, with the option to add herbs to the treatment strategy. It would be interesting to see research were multidisciplinary approaches are take into account, though this is hard to do with randomised, controlled trials when you are trying to control as many variables as possible.
I should state that this is relatively early in terms of research, so nothing is for certain. There were 690 participants in this systematic review and meta-analysis, so not bad, but certainly not the thousands needed to be certain.
But it is good to see this early evidence and it again goes towards showing acupuncture as a viable system, particularly when it comes to complex conditions.