LONG-TERM CONDITIONSFor people living with long-term conditions, acupuncture can help manage some of the symptoms and effects. Sometimes acupuncture can also slow progression of these illnesses.
Long-term conditions include fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), multiple sclerosis (MS), osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, post stroke conditions.
People with long-term conditions who have acupuncture treatment experience a range of outcomes. Some of the effects relate directly to symptoms and to medication — some people find their symptoms improve to the extent that their GP or specialist will advise reducing or stopping medication — others experience more general improvements in their energy, mood, stress levels, sleep and therefore feel more able to cope with their condition.