Fibromyalgia is an inflammatory condition that causes pain, which has no specific root cause in Western medicine. In Chinese medicine the two causes of fibromyalgia are poor blood flow and malnourishment. Poor blood flow is often caused by being overweight.The vessels are squashed by the excess body fat making it difficult for blood, oxygen and nutrients to reach the muscles and joints. The result is chronic pain. Chinese medicine treatment focuses on vasodilating the vessels to improve blood flow to the body and acupuncture to improve the blood flow to specific areas of the body where you have pain. We have regularly seen dramatic results from this treatment. If you are suffering from fibromyalgia come and see us for one appointment. If we can substantially reduce or remove your pain during this appointment, you can continue treatment with more confidence.
What is Fibromyalgia
The symptoms of Fibromyalgia include widespread tenderness and pain throughout the body. Each person has their own particular set of symptoms which are often accompanied by tiredness and emotional turmoil. Approximately 2 to 5 percent of the population appear to be affected, mainly women.
Symptoms include pain, increased sensitivity to heat or cold, numbness and tingling (particularly arms and legs), tiredness, memory and concentration problems and insomnia.
Secondary symptoms include anxiety and depression, IBS, headaches and overactive bladder.
Western Medicine Treatment
Western medicine treatment includes medications such as analgesics to reduce pain, anti-depressants to reduce stress and sleeping pills to aid sleep, as well as gentle exercise, stress management and relaxation strategies, massage and nutrition counselling. The trouble with these strategies is that none of them address the fundamental cause of fibromyalgia according to Chinese medicine.
Chinese Medicine Treatment
The cause of fibromyalgia in Chinese medicine is poor blood flow and malnourishment. When blood flow to your muscles, tendons and ligaments is poor they simply do not get the oxygen and nutrients they need to function properly. Without this they begin to hurt. To reduce and get rid of the pain, good blood flow must be restored to the body generally and more specifically to the particular areas you experience the most pain. Chinese herbs are used to restore the body’s overall blood flow and acupuncture is very effective in increasing blood flow and reducing pain in specific areas of the body. Together, acupuncture and Chinese herbs can bring on dramatic changes to reduce and even eliminate pain altogether. We have regularly seen this with our patients.
If you are overweight, this also restricts blood flow. We can also help you lose weight through acupuncture, herbs and diet. See fat weight loss.
What Should You Do Next?
We recommend that you book in for a 20 minute Free Health Consultation first to allow us to assess you and to see how we treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
If your fibromyalgia is really bothering you and affecting your life, book in for an initial appointment. You will soon know if we can help you or not and be on your way to feeling much better and getting on with your life.