Literature Review of Korean Medicine Studies for Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)

섬유근통 증후군의 한의학적 연구에 대한 문헌 조사: 국내 논문을 대상으로

  • Lee, Jung-Min (Department of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation, College of Korean Medicine, Dae-Jeon University)
  • 이정민 (대전대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학과교실)
  • Received : 2017.03.16
  • Accepted : 2017.04.12
  • Published : 2017.04.30


Objectives This study aimed to review studies in Korean medicine for fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). Methods We conducted search across 3 electronic databases (Korean traditional knowledge portal, RISS, Oasis) to find studies for FMS in Korean medicine. Studies of Korean medicine for FMS were included and analysed. Results 15 studies were included. 2 studies were reviews and 13 studies were case reports. Total numbers of patients in case studies were 15. In case studies, acupuncture (100%), herbal medicine (76.9%), Korean physical therapy (69.2%), pharmacopuncture (53.8%), Chuna (46.1%) and moxibustion (30.7%) etc. were used. BL23 in acupuncture and CV12 in moxibustion were most frequently used. Gamisoyo-san in herbal medicine and visual analogue scale (VAS) in outcome measure were most frequently used. Conclusions This systematic review found encouraging but limited evidence of Korean medicine for FMS. I expect various trials such as randomized clinical trial or animal experimentation and more case reports. And systemic review for FMS in other national journals is needed.


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