Acupuncture treatments for fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or ME/CFS) are becoming much more common, either alone or as a complementary therapy. Chinese acupuncture dates back thousands of years as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) but only caught the attention of the American public in the 1970s. The National Institutes of Health formally recognized acupuncture as part of mainstream medicine in 1997, saying the procedure is safe and effective at treating a wide range of conditions, including fibromyalgia.Some people are hesitant about it because they don’t understand it or think it’s not “real.” Others worry that it’ll hurt too much. Not only is research showing that it makes changes to how the body functions that can be beneficial to those of us with FMS and ME/CFS, many people with these conditions get acupuncture treatments regularly. And as for pain? It’s generally easy to tolerate even those who are ultra sensitive to touch.