Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS), is a long-term illness characterised by extreme fatigue or tiredness after physical or mental activities that doesn't go away with rest and can't be explained by an underlying medical condition.

Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome can vary from person to person, and the severity of symptoms can fluctuate from day to day.

What Does The Research Say?

The following insights are obtained from systematic reviews and analysis of clinical trials investigating the efficacy of Chinese medicine and acupuncture for chronic fatigue syndrome.

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Although well-conducted clinical research can help members of the public to make better-informed decisions about their healthcare, we do not make any claims that any particular treatment may be efficacious for any individual person.

When you consult with our Chinese medicine practitioners, you'll receive personalised advice and treatment based on your symptoms and Chinese medicine diagnosis.

Scientific References

Browse our collection of scientific clinical research on acupuncture for chronic fatigue syndrome.

It includes recent and reputable papers published by peer-reviewed journals within the last 10 years.

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

2020, Dec 02

Advances in Clinical Research on Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Currently, there are many methods for treating CFS with TCM, showing its advantages. On one hand, treatments according to syndrome differentiation are diverse and involve herbal decoctions and proprietary Chinese medicines. External treatments include moxibustion, acupuncture, tuina, cupping, and other treatments. Combination therapies include two or more external treatments combined and internal and external treatments combined, which are often better than monotherapies and can remedy deficiencies. However, the clinical manifestations of CFS are different. Although fatigue is the main manifestation, there are individual differences in the appearance of insomnia or muscle pain in some patients. Treatments according to syndrome differentiation can provide patients with individualized treatments. On the other hand, TCM often has the advantages of simplicity, effectiveness, convenience, and a lower cost.

Zhang X, Wang M, Zhou S Full Article

Acupuncture in Medicine

2019, Jun 17

Acupuncture for chronic fatigue syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Acupuncture in Medicine British Medical Acupuncture Society

The review indicated that acupuncture was more effective than sham acupuncture and other interventions.

Zhang Q, Gong J, Dong H, Xu S, Wang W, Huang G Full Article

Yin Tang
“It is by virtue of the twelve channels that human life exists, that disease arises, that human beings can be treated and illness cured. The twelve channels are where beginners start and masters end.” The Classic of Acupuncture
Circa 1st Century BCE