Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS is a debilitating chronic not well understood syndrome. It consists of a constellation of symptoms from debilitating fatigue, myalgias, arthralgias and sleep disturbance to Migraine activity, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), cognitive dysfunction and exercise intolerance. 70% of the people diagnosed with this syndrome also meet the criterion for Fibromyalgia Syndrome or FMS a myofascial pain disorder. Acupuncture has been found in clinical studies to affect myalgias, arthralgias and fatigue most notably while having impact on the host of other symptoms associated with these conditions.
Recent studies indicate that acupuncture cannot only have an impact on the production of immune system entities but also have extended periods of time where these entities are then active in the host. These studies have been carried out in animal and human studies.
Multiple Sclerosis or MS is a disorder in which the protective covering of the central nervous system is lost, a process known as demylination. The process of demeyination effects the ability of the nerve to transmit impulses. These areas where myelin is lost are known as plaques and are found throughout the brain and spinal cord. This condition is found primarily in younger individuals with symptoms that are dependent on where the plaques form. Symptom presentation ranges from weakness and paresthesias (tingling) to visual disturbances and mood changes. It is common for symptoms to flare under stress. Remission can follow symptom presentation. Acupuncture is employed to reduce the frequency of flaring as well as visual disturbances. Remission in some cases can be over prolonged periods of time.
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