Can Acupuncture help with Chronic fatigue syndrome?
According to a recent research at “Shenzhen Hospital of Chinese Medicine, researchers determined that acupuncture is safe and effective for the alleviation of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Subjective documentation of symptomatic improvements and objective measurements including (IgA and IgG levels) record a 90% total effective rate and a 50% total recovery rate. the researchers conclude, Acupuncture at the eight influential points has a definite therapeutic effect on CFS and improves the immune system functions in CFS patients….
Traditional Chinese medicine identifies multiple pattern differentiations responsible for CFS. The research treatment protocol for CFS was developed by using acupoints specified in the Huangdi Bashiyi Nanjing (The Huang Emperors Canon of 81 Difficult Issues). The researchers used a set of acupoints known as the Eight Influential Points. The following Eight Influential Points were applied with manual acupuncture techniques:
LV 13 (Zang organ point)
CV 12 (Fu organ point)
CV 17 (QI point)
BL 17 (Blood point)
GB 34 (Tendon point)
LU 9 (Pulse point)
BL 11 (Bone point)
GB 39 (Marrow point)
Patients rested in a supine position for acupuncture therapy. Needle length ranged from 25-40mm. Mild reinforcing and attenuating acupuncture techniques were applied. Needle retention time was 30minutes per acupuncture session. Moxibustion was applied to CV 12. The therapy was administered 1time per day and 10times comprised one course of care. The study encompassed 3courses of care per patient. A3 day break between courses of care was observed.
The 90% total effective rate and the 50% cure rate demonstrate that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of CFS…..Li et al. find that conventional acupuncture produces an 80.85% total effective rate and Qihuan acupuncture produces a 95.83% total effective rate. Qihuan acupuncture produced a 33% total recovery rate and standart acupuncture produced a 21.27% total recovery rate. The standart acupuncture group received needling at the following acupoints:
Pishuu (BL 20)
Ganshu (BL 18)
Shenshu (BL 23)
Shanzhong (CV 17)
Zusanli (St 36)
Guanyuan (CV 4)
Baihui (DU 20)
Supplementary acupuncture points were added based on differential diagnostic patterns. For Spleen Qi deficiency, (SP 3) and (SP 6) were added. For insomnia (HT 7) and (KD 6)were added. For loss of memory function, Yintang and (DU 26) were added. For liver Qi stagnation (LV 3) and (PC 6) were added….
Qihuan acupuncture is the application of eight acupuncture needles in a 0.5 inch radius around the navel at 45 degree angles forming way to visualise the acupoint locations is at 12,3,6, and 9 o’clock to CV 8 plus the areas halfway between each clock designation for a total of eight directions…acupuncture was administered in a same way as above…two courses of care were administered.
The studies confirm that acupuncture is safe and effective treatment of the CFS.”
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