The effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for Fibromyalgia very much depends on the individual being treated. Factors such as how long the Fibromyalgia has been present, the state and responsiveness of the central nervous system, patient expectation and belief, levels of pain and physical activity, etc, can all have a bearing on how well someone may respond to medical acupuncture treatment.
The key to a successful course of treatment, from my own clinical experience, is getting the ‘dose’ of treatment correct. This usually means having to be careful not to over-stimulate and not cause too much sensation with the acupuncture needles. Given that individuals with Fibromyalgia are usually already very sensitive, much care is needed when needling to ensure that is is done comfortably. Sometimes this requires some trial and error in the first couple of sessions to discover the right dosage for the individual.