I got this in my inbox today and it piqued my cognitively foggy interest for a couple of reasons. NB these posts move onto considering a study on metabolomics and the credibility of acupuncture (the thread isn’t specific to this study). First of all I want to comment that I’m very sceptical of a rat model of CFS. I don’t think we should read this assuming it has any particular relevance to us as a group. But it is interesting that acupuncture seems to increase muscle force as a consequence of improved mitochondrial function (ATP synthase, AMPK etc). The rat aspect, despite being suspect in terms of CFS modelling, does probably get around placebo issues. If anything those exhausted rats would have nocebo effects from electro acupuncture they weren’t able to understand. They also used objective measures. In my convoluted journey to improve symptoms I gave acupuncture a really decent go with weekly treatments for over a year. Obviously it didn’t cure me. Possibly it enabled me to work for that amount of time, possibly purely through placebo effect. Though I think mistranslation likely makes it sound more woohoo than it actually is. It could also be in the category of treatment which can be effective but not for the reasons given. I’m not sure what I think of it now. Particular points I perceived to be of benefit did include Stomach 36 which is what was used in this study I’ll see if I can find a diagram. It is possible to do acupressure on yourself.