Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, debilitating fatigue, and tenderness in 11-18 localized areas.

More than 12 million Americans have fibromyalgia. Most of them are women ranging in age from 25 to 60. Women are 10 times more likely to suffer from Fibromyalgia than men.

Fibromyalgia, like Chronic Fatigue (CFS), is a syndrome that can often be difficult to diagnose. Western lab results may be normal and or the symptoms being experienced may appear to be other medical conditions. The symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) include pain in the muscles and joints, insomnia, fatigue, brain fog, and digestive imbalances. There is often underlying anxiety and or depression for people with Fibromyalgia.

Because Acupuncture has the influence on the brain’s capacity to secrete it’s own pain killers that fight pain, fibromyalgia may respond very well to consistent treatment. Because Chinese medicine is a holistic medicine, it can also address the other symptoms because encompassing the Fibromyalgia syndrome picture. Chinese medicine diagnostics (i.e., pulse and tongue diagnosis, along with medical questionnaire) can detect organ pattern functioning, that can shed light into the fibromyalgia picture and how to alleviate the pain as well. 

According to Chinese medicine medial model, Fibromyalgia follows patterns of various etiologies: one is poor blood circulation, the other is latent heat and pathogens trapped in the body, nutrient deficiencies, and lack of or too much overall immune system functioning. All of these components make up the various symptoms and patterns of Fibromyalgia as defined by Chinese Medicine.

The goal of Chinese Medicine aims to alleviate pain, and improve overall quality of life for those suffering with Fibromyalgia. Even though western medicine cannot identify a root cause as of this time, Chinese Medicine is a consistent go to therapy and can provide a long term plan for reduction of symptoms.

Sources cited:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16541995

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26879181/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27618609

http://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/guide/what-is-fibromyalgia?page=3

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