One of the studies in question involved using two different treatments from the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) system (acupuncture and Shenmai injection) to see which one was more effective. The researchers concluded that not only did acupuncture show more efficiency for the treatment than the other methods but patients also experienced less fatigue and some fatigue-related syndromes were alleviated.
In addition to this, a separate study which was conducted outside China, found that circadian rhythm (a human’s internal ”body clock”) becomes abnormal when a person suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome and the use of electroacupuncture (pairs of acupuncture needles are attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses between them.) works to normalise this rhythm, as well as helping to develop daytime cognitive function.
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