Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is very different from more common fatigue and malaise symptoms commonly seen. Although the root cause of CFS is not well understood in Western Medicine, Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is well treated with an acupuncture and Chinese medicine approach. CFS and other associated syndromes are commonly seen in acupuncture practice, and as such, acupuncture can provide the stimulus needed to reverse this debilitating condition. There are a host of acupuncture treatment protocols and associated Chinese Medicine formulas used for this condition, so a well-trained acupuncturist should be able to easily select the methods that will work the best based on each individual case.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) research at Guang An Men Hospital (Beijing) recently hosted a study looking at the use of acupuncture in the treatment of CFS. Chinese researchers ran the experiment on 120 CFS patients and randomized then into acupuncture treatment and control groups. Treatment was offered daily for 4 weeks. During this time, the control group received sham acupuncture. To evaluate acupuncture’s effectiveness the SF-20 health scale and the Chalder fatigue scale were used.
The results were as follows: Within the treatment group the Chalder fatigue scale (CFS symptoms scale) showed 64.4% of patients showed improvement at the end of the study (compared with 36.7% within control) and then 3 months later 62.3% were still improved vs. 32% in the control. Researchers conclude that acupuncture treatment led to good short-term and mid-term clinical effect.
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