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ACUPUNCTURE RELIEVES SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA, MAYO CLINIC STUDY FINDS

June 15, 2006
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Evidence suggests acupuncture reduces the symptoms of fibromyalgia, according to a Mayo Clinic study. Fibromyalgia is a disorder considered disabling by many, and is characterized by chronic, widespread musculoskeletal pain and symptoms such as fatigue, joint stiffness and sleep disturbance. No cure is known and available treatments are only partially effective. Mayo's study involved 50 fibromyalgia patients enrolled in a randomized, controlled trial to determine if acupuncture improved their symptoms. Symptoms of patients who received acupuncture significantly improved compared with the control group, according to the study published in the June issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Mayo Clinic (Rochester) (http://www.mayoclinic.org/news2006-rst/3495.html)