In This Issue -- Mind and Body Practices for Fibromyalgia

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In general, research on complementary health approaches for fibromyalgia must be regarded as preliminary. However, recent systematic reviews and randomized clinical trials provide encouraging evidence that practices such as tai chi, qi gong, yoga, massage therapy, acupuncture, and balneotherapy may help relieve some fibromyalgia symptoms.

Small studies have examined various natural products—such as topical creams containing capsaicin or dietary supplements like S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe) or soy—for fibromyalgia. A 2010 systematic review concluded that there is not enough evidence to determine whether these products, taken orally or applied topically, provide relief from fibromyalgia symptoms or related conditions. This issue of the digest provides a summary of the science of several complementary mind and body approaches often included in treatment of fibromyalgia symptoms.


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What the Science Says:
Mind and Body Practices for Fibromyalgia

Learn what current research has to say about:

Bullet Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga

Bullet Massage

Bullet Acupuncture

Bullet Balneotherapy (Hydrotherapy)

Bullet Mindfulness Meditation

Bullet Biofeedback

Bullet Guided Imagery

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Additional Resources

Bullet Clinical Practice Guidelines

Bullet Scientific Literature

Bullet For Your Patients

Bullet Fibromyalgia: In Depth

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