PAIN AND FIBROMYALGIA
A new study has been carried out
to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating pain levels and
decreasing the number of tender points in fibromylagia patients. Twenty nine
patients with at least a six year history of fibromylagia were given
acupuncture and tested by using a pain scale and by dolorimetry (a method of
measuring pain perception in degrees ranging from unpleasant to unbearable
by using heat applied to the skin). No other pain medication was taken. Pain
levels were found to decrease from 64.0 to 34.5 after acupuncture, with a
decrease in the number of tender points from 16.0 to 11.8. Results also
showed an increase in certain blood chemicals (serotonin and substance P)
which help to regulate pain. (Pain treatment of fibromyalgia by acupuncture.
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