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Open Rheumatol J. 2009 Jun 16;3:25-9. doi: 10.2174/1874312900903010025.

Efficacy of acupuncture for the treatment of fibromyalgia: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Research, Castile-La Mancha Health Research Foundation (FISCAM), Toledo, Spain.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The study sought to ascertain the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for fibromyalgia

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

THE FOLLOWING ELECTRONIC DATABASES WERE SEARCHED: PubMed; The Cochrane Library (CENTRAL); EMBASE; CINAHL; and Pascal Biomed (last date of search: January 2008). We analyzed pain intensity and patient withdrawals prior to termination of the study. A meta-analysis was performed, and a weighted global effect obtained using the inverse of variance.

RESULTS:

This review covered a total of 6 studies (323 subjects). No statistically significant differences were observed in terms of pain intensity (VAS): 0.02 (-0.24 a 0.28) or withdrawals: RR 0.91 (0.53 a 1.58)

CONCLUSION:

This systematic review found no evidence of benefit resulting from acupuncture versus placebo, as a treatment for fibromyalgia.

KEYWORDS:

Acupuncture; fibromyalgia; meta-analysis.; systematic review

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