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Acupuncture for treating fibromyalgia

  1. John C Deare1,
  2. Zhen Zheng2,*,
  3. Charlie CL Xue2,
  4. Jian Ping Liu3,
  5. Jingsheng Shang4,
  6. Sean W Scott5,
  7. Geoff Littlejohn6

Editorial Group: Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group

Published Online: 31 MAY 2013

Assessed as up-to-date: 15 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007070.pub2

How to Cite

Deare JC, Zheng Z, Xue CCL, Liu JP, Shang J, Scott SW, Littlejohn G. Acupuncture for treating fibromyalgia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD007070. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007070.pub2.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Compmed Health Institute, Southport, Queensland, Australia; and Traditional & Complementary Medicine Program, Health Innovations Research Institute, Discipline of Chinese Medicine, School of Health Sciences, RMIT University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia

  2. 2

    RMIT University, Traditional & Complementary Medicine Research Program, Health Innovations Research Institute and Discipline of Chinese Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia

  3. 3

    Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Centre for Evidence-Based Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China

  4. 4

    Akupunktoren Bruno Aamo AS, Tromsoe, Norway

  5. 5

    Royal North Shore Hospital, Department of Emergency Medicine, St Leonards, New South Wales, Australia

  6. 6

    Monash Medical Centre, Department of Rheumatology, Clayton, VIC, Australia

*Zhen Zheng, Traditional & Complementary Medicine Research Program, Health Innovations Research Institute and Discipline of Chinese Medicine, School of Health Sciences, RMIT University, PO Box 71, Bundoora, Victoria, 3083, Australia. zhen.zheng@rmit.edu.au.

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