Personally, I seem to be escaping fatigue at the moment, but it’s a very common symptom in Parkinson’s. The Michael J. Fox Foundation is sponsoring a study on how acupuncture might help Parkinson’s patients who suffer from fatigue.
To test the effects of acupuncture on fatigue in Parkinson’s disease we will randomly assign Parkinson’s disease patients to either receive real or placebo acupuncture twice a week for six weeks. We will measure patients’ fatigue and other measures of quality of life and disease status prior to starting acupuncture, half-way through treatment, at the completion of treatment and six weeks following their last treatment. We are interested to examine whether patients receiving either real or placebo acupuncture had improvements in their fatigue and whether there are differences between these two groups. We are also interested to see if acupuncture has any benefits on quality of life or other Parkinson’s symptoms.
I hope it does prove to be useful, although I can’t help but wonder how you can have placebo acupuncture. Surely a needle is a needle?
(My best guess as to how placebo acupuncture works is that they still stick needles in, just not in the approved points. I’m not entirely convinced, because – well, maybe the “wrong” point is just an undiscovered “right” point. Assuming, of course, that acupuncture works how they say it does. And I’m trying to be open-minded on that one.)