A very interesting Taiwanese study was just published. It is a large retrospective, epidemiological study looking at the incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD) in fibromyalgia patients. Using sophisticated statistics, they looked at paired patients who had fibromyalgia; approximately 58,000 who had had acupuncture and 58,000 who did not. What they found was the incidence of CHD was much lower in those having had acupuncture, approximately 43% lower. This is a significant population based study. Now other studies need to show why there is this effect and if acupuncture can help reduce CHD in those who have no or other conditions.