The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

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    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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Electroacupuncture and health-related quality of life and heart rate in fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia affects 2% of Mexicans, of which 80% to 90% are women. This study examined the effects of electroacupuncture on health-related quality of life and heart rate variability in women with fibromyalgia.

First, the details

Twenty women with fibromyalgia received a 10-weeks of electroacupuncture. Primary outcome measures were the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, the Short Form 36 Health Survey Questionnaire, and heart rate variability.

 

And, the results

There was significant improvement in health-related quality of life. Electroacupuncture increased  sympathetic tone of the nervous system. Fibromyalgia patients showed improvement in pain, fatigue, morning tiredness, stiffness, anxiety, and depression. There was improved physical function, physical role, body pain, general health, and vitality scores.

The bottom line

Electroacupuncture improved symptoms commonly found in patients with fibromyalgia. Changes, mainly in mental status scores, could be related to a new autonomic balance with sympathetic predominance.

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