28. July 2016 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Gulf War Illness

American investigators conclude that individualised acupuncture treatment appears to offer significant relief for veterans with Gulf War Illness (GWI). GWI is a complex, poorly understood illness, characterised by multiple symptoms including fatigue, sleep and mood disturbances, cognitive dysfunction and musculoskeletal pain. In a pragmatic trial, 104 veterans with symptoms of GWI were randomised to either six months of biweekly acupuncture treatments, (Group 1) or two months on a waiting list followed by weekly acupuncture treatments (Group 2). Each subject received an individualised TCM diagnosis and treatment protocol (including both acupuncture and related therapies) designed to address their unique pattern of individual symptoms. Greater clinically and statistically significant improvements in physical symptoms and pain scores were observed for Group 1 at month six compared to Group 2.
The Effectiveness of Individualized Acupuncture Protocols in the Treatment of Gulf War Illness: A Pragmatic Randomized Clinical Trial. PLoS One. 2016 Mar 31;11(3):e0149161.