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Acupuncture May Reduce Fatigue in MS Patients

Keywords: MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS - Acupuncture, Fatigue, Amantadine

Reference: "Amantadine and the place of acupuncture in the treatment of fatigue in patients with multiple sclerosis: an observational study," Foroughipour M, Bahrami Taghanaki HR, et al, Acupunct Med, 2012 Nov 14; [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: Dr Ali Shoeibi, Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran. E-mail: ).

Summary: A clinical trial including 40 patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) found that acupuncture may lesson fatigue in MS patients resistant to conventional treatment alone. Patients with fatigue unresponsive to amantadine (n=20) underwent 12 sessions of acupuncture. 5 patients (25%) responded to acupuncture combined with amantadine treatment. Fatigue scores of all 20 patients who were resistant to the medication were significantly reduced after acupuncture treatment. Results show that acupuncture may be beneficial for some MS patients with fatigue who are resistant to conventional drugs such as amantadine.