Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Signs & Symptoms

  • Extreme fatigue that doesn't improve with rest
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Problems with memory or concentration
  • Sore throat and enlarged lymph nodes
  • Headaches or dizziness
  • Muscle or joint pains

What Does The Research Say?

The following insights are obtained from scientific studies, systematic reviews and analysis of clinical trials investigating the efficacy of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Scientific References

Browse our collection of scientific research on 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 2

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.

Xiaoyan Zhang ,Miao Wang and Shigao Zhou Full Article

Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine

2020, Apr 1

Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: An Overview of Systematic Reviews
Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine

We found that acupuncture on treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has the advantage for efficacy and safety compared to conventional treatments such as drugs, counseling psychology and physical therapy. Acupuncture has shown to have less side effects and drug resistance. A combined therapy of Western medicine and Chinese medicine has proven to be most effective for patients.

Yin ZH, Wang LJ, Cheng Y, Chen J, Hong XJ, Zhao L, Liang FR. 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

BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies

2017, Mar 23

Acupuncture and moxibustion for chronic fatigue syndrome in traditional Chinese medicine: a systematic review and meta-analysis
BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies

In the treatment of CFS, CbAM and SAM may have better effect than other treatments. However, the included trials have relatively poor quality, hence high quality studies are needed to confirm our finding.

Wang T, Xu C, Pan K, Xiong H. Full Article