Can Acupuncture Treat Fibromyalgia?

Updated: Nov 2

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Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese form of health care that is becoming more commonly used in western society as people discover acupuncture's well-being benefits. It is an alternative treatment that many people believe can help release energy throughout the body. It uses very thin needles, as thin as a single hair, placed in different pressure points on your body.

Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins – the body's natural painkillers – through the insertion of needles into specific pressure points to encourage healing. The endorphins can also reduce stress, anxiety and create a feeling of well-being. Acupuncture to particular pressure points can also provide various health benefits, including curing insomnia, decreasing muscle pain, and helping manage chronic conditions.

Acupuncture is considered holistic medicine, and those who receive acupuncture treatments tend to experience no adverse side effects. The lack of side effects contrasts with the many side effects often experienced when taking prescription medications to reduce pain, anxiety, and insomnia.

Let's learn more about acupuncture and how it might help with symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia

No matter what you have been experiencing lately, mentally or physically, you can probably find a benefit to your fibromyalgia treatment by getting acupuncture. The power of acupuncture is that it doesn't only target a single fibromyalgia symptom like what your doctor mostly likely attempts to do; instead, it promotes healing and wellness throughout your entire body at one time. So what often happens is that you seek to heal one part of your body while another ailment also gets relieved at the same time. For example, acupuncture for insomnia may also help relieve headaches, migraines or promote an overall state of feeling less stressed or anxious.

Acupuncture is used for chronic pain; of the head, shoulders, back, other extremities, and other chronic conditions. For example, it can help to relieve pain from arthritis, osteoarthritis, and muscle spasms. In addition, it can help with poor blood circulation and improve your digestive system. It also is used to bring balance to mood issues, such as anxiety and depression.

In a study conducted at Yale University Medical School, acupuncture reduced stress significantly. In addition, the study showed that the technique improved blood pressure, anxiety state, and heart rate in most test