[Randomized controlled study on acupuncture treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome]

Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2010 Jul;30(7):533-6.
[Article in Chinese]


Objective: To observe the therapeutic effect of acpuncture treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

Methods: Nighty cases of CFS were randomly divided into an observation group and a control group, 45 cases in each group. The observation group was treated with acupunture at Renying (ST 9), Fengfu (GV 16), Baihui (GV 20); the control group was treated with 250 mL 5% Glucose injectio combined with 20 mL Shenmai injectio. Fatigue Scale (FS) was used to compare the scores between the two groups after treatment.

Results: The total scores in the observation group were 9.37 +/- 2.33 and 5.41 +/- 1.96 before and after treatment respectively, and in the control group, they were 9.08 +/- 2.27 and 7.34 +/- 2.03 respectively. FS brainwork integral, physical fatigue integral, and total integral all decreased after treatment in two groups (all P < 0.001), and it decreased much more obviously in the observation group (P < 0.05, P < 0.01).

Conclusion: Both of the acpuncture treatment and Shenmai injectio are able to decrease fatigue scale score, improve the fatigue symptoms of CFS patients, and the effect of acupucture treatment is obviously superior to that of Shenmai injectio.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy*
  • Adult
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Treatment Outcome