Chronic fatigue syndrome – Research

Acupuncture plus usual care may improve fatigue in chronic fatigue syndrome and idiopathic chronic fatigue (Kim 2015 – Multi-centre nonblinded RCT, n = 150)(1);

Zhang (2019 SA* MA) sixteen studies including 1346 candidates, showed a favourable effect of acupuncture on overall response rate compared with sham acupuncture Chinese herbal medicine. Acupuncture also appeared to significantly reduce fatigue severity (2).


  1. Kim JE, Seo BK, Choi JB, Kim HJ, Kim TH, Lee MH, et al. Acupuncture for chronic fatigue syndrome and idiopathic chronic fatigue: a multicentre, nonblinded, randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2015;16:314.
  2. Zhang Q, Gong J, Dong H, Xu S, Wang W, Huang G. Acupuncture for chronic fatigue syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Acupuncture in Medicine. 2019 Aug;37(4):211-22.