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“Nine weekly sessions of individually tailored acupuncture lessen perceived pain intensity, and improve functional capacity and quality of life, in people with the chronic pain condition, fibromyalgia, finds new research.”

“The beneficial effects were still evident a year later, the findings show.”

The article continues, ”

Analysis of the results showed that after 10 weeks, perceived pain intensity was lower among those given real acupuncture. Their pain scores had dropped by an average of 41%, compared with an average of 27% for those given the simulated treatment. Significant differences persisted after a year, with an average fall of 20% in the pain score among those treated with the real thing compared with just over 6% for those given the simulated treatment.”

To study concludes, “‘This treatment produced an improvement in the participants’ condition, reflected by a reduction in pain intensity and enhanced functional capacity and quality of life after the intervention and during the follow up period,’ they write.”

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BMJ. “Tailored acupuncture lessens pain intensity in chronic pain (fibromyalgia): And improves functional capacity and quality of life; effects still evident a year later.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 February 2016. <>.