Fibromyalgia and Acupuncture

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In acupuncture, fine needles are inserted into specific points in the skin. Another form of acupuncture sometimes used to treat fibromyalgia is electroacupuncture, which is performed as the practitioner fits the needles with clips that are attached to a small device that delivers a continuous electrical impulse to stimulate the acupuncture point.

While it may sound uncomfortable, most people feel very little discomfort and leave the acupuncture session feeling relaxed and rested. The best news is that a Mayo Clinic study shows acupuncture can relieve fatigue associated with fibroymyalgia, which is especially good news as there is no one treatment that can fully resolve fibromyalgia complaints. Acupuncture is generally very well tolerated, with minimal side effects. In a Swiss study of 75 patients with fibromyalgia, 75% reported lessened pain after a month of treatment.

If you are looking at acupuncture, keep in mind that acupuncture may well be effective, but it is not likely to alleviate all of your symptoms. Instead, think of acupuncture as another tool in your toolbox that you have at your disposal to protect your health.

When choosing an acupuncturist, you will want to look for one is licensed. Ideally, you would find a specialist in Traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM, who works closely with a medical doctor or has a medical degree. Of course, it is always a wise idea to confirm any health provider’s credentials.

If you are interested in alternative treatments for fibromyalgia, you may also want to consider taking advantage of alternative/complementary therapies that involve touch, physical manipulation or energetic work, such as myofascial release therapy, therapeutic massage and energy work such as healing touch, Reiki, Johrei, vortex healing, and polarity therapy.


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Fibromyalgia is a prevalent condition that affects many people in the United States. Approximately 3.7 million Americans have Fibromyalgia. That is 1 in every 73 people.

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