Acupuncture originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world.
It is important to inform all of your health care providers about any treatment that you are using or considering, including acupuncture. Ask about the treatment procedures that will be used and their likelihood of success for your condition or disease.
Be an informed consumer and find out what scientific studies have been done on the effectiveness of Acupuncture for your health condition.
If you decide to use acupuncture, choose the practitioner with care. Also check with your insurer to see if the services will be covered.
Acupuncture reduces symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, according to a Mayo Clinic study involving 50 fibromyalgia patients. Fibromyalgia is an arthritis-related disorder with symptoms of widespread musculoskeletal pain, joint pain and stiffness, and fatigue.
In the randomized, controlled Mayo Clinic study, symptoms of the group receiving acupuncture significantly improved versus the control group. The Mayo Clinic acupuncture study is one of three studies which have evaluated acupuncture as a treatment for fibromyalgia. One of the other two studies also found acupuncture to be a beneficial treatment while the other found acupuncture to be ineffective for pain relief.