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Bethany Bechtel, AP, PhD

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Acupuncture Effective treatment for Fibromyalgia

A new study has found that acupuncture treatments can significantly lower the pain associated with Fibromyalgia.

Ten weeks after treatment, the pain scores of patients given acupuncture dropped an average of 41 percent, compared with an average drop of 27 percent for those given a simulated acupuncture treatment. The benefits were still seen after a year. US News & World Report

Fibromyalgia News Today reports that:

To evaluate the efficacy of an individualized acupuncture protocol for patients with fibromyalgia, Jorge Vas from the Pain Treatment Unit, Doña Mercedes Primary Health Centre, Dos Hermanas, in Spain, and colleagues designed a randomized controlled trial to determine the clinical efficacy of traditional acupuncture as a fibromyalgia treatment, using a personalized point-selection algorithm based on the characteristics of each patient.

The study can be viewed at “Acupuncture for fibromyalgia in primary care: a randomised controlled trial.” To read the full article a login is required, but the abstract can be viewed for free.

Bethany Bechtel
About the Author
Dr. Bethany Bechtel holds a PhD in Biophysics (University of Pennsylvania), is a Licensed Acupuncture Physician, a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and a 2002 graduate of Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. To her practice Bethany brings a lifetime interest in integrative medicine and health care, a strong background in western science, training in therapeutic yoga, and a continuing study of oriental medicine.

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