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Chronic Fatigue

Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
A Randomized, Sham-controlled Trial With Single-blinded Design

by Siu-Man Ng, PhD; Yan-Mun Yiu, PhD
Content is courtesy of Alternative Therapies In Health & Medicine


Context: Given that the etiology of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is believed to be multidimensional, interventions generally have been nonspecific and typically produce only mild to moderate effects. In medical practice, treatment for CFS remains largely symptomatic. Preliminary evidence of the efficacy of acupuncture for CFS is available, but the field has lacked high-quality trials.

Objective: The research team conducted the study to determine the efficacy of acupuncture for CFS. read more…

iSpot LymeTM: A New Generation of Lyme Disease Testing

Chenggang Jin, PhD, MDa,b, Deanna J. Fall, BAc, Diana Roen BS,a and Gottfried Kellermann, PhDc

Lyme disease is the most reported vectorborne illness in the United States. The incidence may be vastly under-reported due to limitations of current testing methodologies; the need for more sensitive and specific tests is apparent. The iSpot LymeTM assay is a new generation of in vitro diagnostic test for the detection of antigen-specific effector/memory T cells that respond to stimulation by Borrelia burgdorferi antigens. The highly sensitive T cell-based enzyme-linked immunospot (ELISPOT) methodology enumerates the Borrelia burgdorferi activated effector/memory T cells. This assay is read more…

A Program Consisting of a Phytonutrient-rich Medical Food and an Elimination Diet Ameliorated Fibromyalgia Symptoms and Promoted Toxicelement Detoxification in a Pilot Trial

Joseph J. Lamb, MD; Veera R. Konda, PhD; David W. Quig, PhD; Anuradha Desai, PhD; Deanna M. Minich, PhD; Lincoln Bouillon, MS, MBA;
Jyh-Lurn Chang, PhD; Alex Hsi, MPH; Robert H. Lerman, MD, PhD; Jacob Kornberg, MD; Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD; Matthew L. Tripp, PhD

Chronic conditions like fibromyalgia (FM), chronic fatigue syndrome, and multiple chemical sensitivity significantly affect the quality of life in a sizeable proportion of the population. FM, characterized by morning stiffness, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and widespread pain, is estimated to affect 3.4% of women and 0.5% of men in the United States.1 FM represents a read more…

Functional Somatic Syndromes, Stress Pathologies, and Epigenetics

Jeffrey Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB

Recently Henningsen, Zipfel, and Herzog described the nature and management of functional somatic syndromes (FSS).1 They pointed out that functional somatic syndromes are characterized by patterns of persistent bodily complaints for which adequate examination does not reveal sufficiently explanatory structural or other specified pathology, 1(p946) but they are common worldwide and are seen by practically all subspecialties of medicine. They pointed out that the more common FSS described by multiple papers in the literature include the following:

  • irritable bowel syndrome,
  • chronic fatigue syndrome,
  • fibromyalgia syndrome,
  • premenstrual syndrome,
  • non-ulcer dyspepsia,
  • chronic pelvic pain,
  • hypoglycemia,
  • low
  • read more…

Reduction of Fibromyalgia Symptoms Through Intravenous Nutrient Therapy: Results of a Pilot Clinical Trial

Patrick B. Massey, MD, PhD

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic medical condition characterized by widespread pain, specific tender points, fatigue, and sleep disturbances primarily affecting women between 20 and 65 years old.1,2 Prevalence increases with age until after 65 and then rapidly declines. FM is 3 times more common in women than in men, and risk factors include trauma, middle age, lower education level and household income, divorce, and disability.3,4

Conventional medical therapies for FM include antidepressants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and other pain medications.2,4-6 Exercise, nutrition, acupuncture, and stress reduction also may be effective at reducing the symptoms read more…

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