At the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou University of TCM, Guangzhou, China, 90 people with CFS were randomly evenly divided into an acupuncture group and a control group. The observation group was treated with acupuncture and the control group was treated with a glucose and Shenmai injection. Participants completed a Fatigue Scale and the results showed that people who received acupuncture reported significantly more relief from their symptoms. An earlier study in Hong Kong with 99 people gave half of the group conventional needle acupuncture and half (the control group) sham acupuncture. Again, using a Fatigue Scale, improvements in physical and mental fatigue were significantly bigger in the acupuncture group and no adverse events occurred.
Most significantly, twenty-eight papers foreign and domestic were statistically reviewed through a meta analysis in order to assess the success of acupuncture. The results showed that treatment groups receiving acupuncture for CFS had superior results when compared with control groups. Rightly, they concluded that acupuncture therapy is effective for CFS, but still needs being confirmed by more high-quality studies.
If you suffer from chronic fatigue, Chinese Medicine can help relieve many of your symptoms. Acupuncture treatments are exceptional for relieving aches and pains. It can also help you to be sick less often, recover more quickly, and improve your vitality and stamina.
Yang, Huang and Qian, Yu. Si Chuan Zhong Yi (sichuan Chinese Medicine), #6, 2001, pgs. 70-71. Abstracted and translated by Bob Flaws, Dipl. Ac. & C.H., FNAAOM, FRCHM
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