Overall, the fibromyalgia patients who underwent the real treatment showed a significantly greater improvement in their symptoms than placebo recipients did -- particularly when it came to fatigue and anxiety, Dr. David P. Martin and his colleagues report in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
It seems Fatigue and anxiety responds best to the treatment.
Fifty fibromyalgia patients were randomly assigned to acupuncture or to a "placebo" version of the therapy, where a dull surgical instrument was pressed against the skin rather than acupuncture needles.
The subjects were positioned so they could not see which treatment they received. All but one subject was female.
The patients underwent six treatment sessions over two to three weeks. None of the patients had been treated with acupuncture before.
Well, that is a sexy treatment, isnt it? Six treatment, over two to three weeks. Having tried acupunture before for my IBS, I know it works!!! The question is how long will the effect last???
Was these news articles the cause of my unhappy visit to the GP?