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Efficacy of acupuncture for the treatment of fibromyalgia

 

 

 

 

Open Rheumatol J. 2009 Jun 16;3:25-9.

 

Efficacy of acupuncture for the treatment of fibromyalgia: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials.

 

Martin-Sanchez E, Torralba E, Díaz-Domínguez E, Barriga A, Martin JL. Department of Clinical Research, Castile-La Mancha Health Research Foundation (FISCAM), Toledo, Spain.

 

 

OBJECTIVE: The study sought to ascertain the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for fibromyalgia.

 

MATERIALS AND METHODS: THE FOLLOWING ELECTRONIC DATABASES WERE SEARCHED: PubMed; The Cochrane Library (CENTRAL); EMBASE; CINAHL; and Pascal Biomed (last date of search: January 2008). We analyzed pain intensity and patient withdrawals prior to termination of the study. A meta-analysis was performed, and a weighted global effect obtained using the inverse of variance.

 

RESULTS: This review covered a total of 6 studies (323 subjects). No statistically significant differences were observed in terms of pain intensity (VAS): 0.02 (-0.24 a 0.28) or withdrawals: RR 0.91 (0.53 a 1.58).

 

CONCLUSION: This systematic review found no evidence of benefit resulting from acupuncture versus placebo, as a treatment for fibromyalgia.

 

PMID: 19590596 [PubMed - in process]

 

 

 

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