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Fibromyalgia patients receiving true acupuncture compared with a control group of patients who received simulated acupuncture. Total fibromyalgia symptoms were significantly improved in the acupuncture group compared with the control group during the study period. Fatigue and anxiety were the most significantly improved symptoms during the follow-up period.

-- Martin DP, Sletten CD, Williams BA, Berger IH (2006) Improvement in fibromyalgia symptoms with acupuncture: results of a randomized controlled trial. Mayo Clinic proceedings, Mayo Clinic, 81, 749-57

Among the many CAM therapies frequently used by fibromyalgia patients, empirical research data exist to support the use of only three: (1) mind-body, (2) acupuncture, and (3) manipulative therapies for treating fibromyalgia. The strongest data exist for the use of mind-body techniques, particularly when utilized as part of a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. The weakest data exist for manipulative techniques (e.g. chiropractic and massage). The data supporting the use of acupuncture for fibromyalgia are only moderately strong. Also, for some fibromyalgia patients, acupuncture can exacerbate symptoms, further complicating its application for this condition. Further research is needed not only in these three areas, but also for other treatments being frequently utilized by fibromyalgia patients.

-- Baillieres Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 1999 Sep;13(3):487-92. Complementary medicine treatments for fibromyalgia syndrome.Berman BM, Swyers JP.

The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture for fibromyalgia. The addition of acupuncture to usual treatments for fibromyalgia may be beneficial for pain and quality of life for 3 months after the end of treatment. Future research is needed to evaluate the specific effects of acupuncture for fibromyalgia.

-- J Rehabil Med. 2008 Jul;40(7):582-8. A randomized controlled trial of acupuncture added to usual treatment for fibromyalgia.Targino RA, Imamura M, Kaziyama HH, Souza LP, Hsing WT, Furlan AD, Imamura ST, Azevedo Neto RS.

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