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Can acupuncture help with chronic fatigue syndrome?

Q:  I just wanted to ask whether acupuncture has any benefit with chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia. I have been suffering with it for some time now and I desperately need some help, but Internet search doesnt prove or confirm its efficacy. Can you please give me some input on this, so I can go ahead and find an BAcC acupuncturist.


A:  The problem with both of these conditions is that the research is not that good methodologically, nor entirely conclusive, as our two factsheets show.


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One of the problems is that both conditions lack precise definition, and isolating test groups with exactly the same symptoms from the same underlying causes is extremely difficult.
One of the great strengths of Chinese medicine is that it can often make sense of some of the symptom groupings that characterise these problems in ways which relate directly to the functions of the Organs, as they are understood in Chinese medicine, and on the flow of energy, called 'qi', in the body. If this is the case, then a practitioner may feel considerable confidence in being able to effect some change for the better.
This is very much a judgement call based on the individual case, however, and we would not be able to say that, sight unseen, you would benefit from treatment. If you can find a BAcC member local to you who is happy to gove you a brief face to face assessment, hopefully without charge, they can tell you whether in their view acupuncture treatment may benefit you, and if not, what other alternative approaches they might recommend.

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