Monday, November 2, 2009

Laser Acupuncture May Help Alleviate Symptoms in Ill Gulf War Veterans, Mayo Clinic Study Suggests

Written by Anthony Hardie, 91outcomes

(Washington, DC - November 2, 2009) - In a public presentation today before the Congressionally chartered federal Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses, which oversees the federal government's scientific research efforts across the federal government, Dr. Peter Dorsher of the Jacksonville, Fla. Mayo Clinic provided a novel assesment of how fibromyalgia works, and scientific evidence for a potential treatment, laser acupuncture.

His study assumes that the conditions associated with fibromyalgia result from an imbalance or instability of the autonomic nervous system, the body's command center than includes breathing, heartrate, perpiration, digestion, and other "automatic" bodily functiong.  The conditions related to fibromyalgia include migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, insterstitial cystitis, endometriosis, idiopathic urethritis, chronic prostatitis, and temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ).

His findings noted that satisfactory, well-tolerated treatments for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome have been sparse to date.  He noted some similarities between fibromyalgia, a presumptive condition for veterans of the 1991 Gulf War, and Gulf War Illness.

His successful study findings testing laser acupuncture in people with fibromyalgia suggest that this stimulation of the autonomic nervous system offers a potential way to reduce the symptoms and thereby improve the quality of life for veterans with Gulf War Illness as well. 

He also noted that the treatment is pain-free, and essentially risk free, and may result in restoring the autonomic nervous system to its original balance.

One of the Gulf War veterans in the audience supported the concept of acupuncture in relieving some Gulf War Illness neurological symptoms, stating that after her Gulf War service, she had numbness and loss of feeling in her arms and legs that was restored after five months of (non-laser) acupuncture.

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