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Am J Chin Med. 2008;36(1):1-24.

A systematic review of acupuncture and moxibustion treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome in China.

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Department of TCM Diagnostics, Preclinical College, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China 100029, China.


Studies on the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) with acupuncture and moxibustion in China were reviewed. All studies concluded the treatments were effective, with response rates ranging from 78.95% to 100%. However, the qualities of the studies were generally poor, and none of them used a RCT design. The common acupoints/sites used in the treatment of CFS, which may reflect the collective experience of acupuncturists in China based on Traditional Chinese Medicine theories can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture for the treatment of CFS in future studies using more scientifically rigorous study designs.

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