Fibromyalgia is a condition caused by unknown factors affecting about three percent of the world’s population with women at a higher risk for developing it. It is determined that a person is diagnosed with this condition when there is unexplainable pain within all four quadrants of the patient’s body for more than three consecutive months. Pressure will be applied to specific points on the body to test for signs of pain as well. In some cases, fibromyalgia develops after the patient experience psychological or physical trauma, though it is also common that there is no explainable cause.
Below are most of the symptoms people with fibromyalgia report. Most patients report a combination of at least four to five of them.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
– Widespread, Chronic Pain
– Short-Term Memory Loss
– Mood Changes
– Irritable Bowel Syndrome
– Digestive Problems
– Stiff Joints
– Numbness in Hands and Feet
– Dry Eyes, Nose, and Mouth
– Lack of Focus
Oriental Medicine Treatment for Fibromyalgia
Standard medical procedures are not typically sought out by those diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Instead, most patients seek out alternative medicines to treat and manage this disease. Oriental medicine and acupuncture are effective methods for treatment the symptoms of the syndrome.
Oriental medicine does not target the condition itself, but instead focuses on the symptoms caused by it, all which are listed above. An oriental medicine treatment plan has to be customized to suit the exact need of the patient. This means that every person will have a unique, specialized plan created especially for them. A plan will take the exact symptoms, body type, severity, and psychological state into consideration to come up with the perfect treatment for you. Each plan will include a combination of several methods and techniques including herbs, acupuncture, lifestyle changes, exercise, and dietary changes.
Traditional Chinese medicine states that the pain caused by fibromyalgia is believed to be caused by a blockage of Qi, commonly known as life energy, within the digestive system, heart, and spleen. To treat pain, an acupuncturist will determine which organ or system is disrupting the flow of Qi, target specific acupuncture points, and perform the necessary techniques in order to allow the energy to flow once more. Acupuncture sessions are usually scheduled twice a week for several months, though this depends entirely on the severity of your condition.
Oriental medicine also includes improving the quality of your life. This will not only help manage the symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome, but will strengthen the immune system and decrease your susceptibility to stress. Below are several recommended changes you should make today.
Change #1: Physical Activity
Exercise is a great way to improve bodily functions and mood altogether. Start with simplistic movements and stretches, and then move on to Qi Gong, Tai Chi, or Yoga for maximum benefit.
Change #2: Relaxation and Meditation
Stress can be a major cause of most physical problems. People don’t realize that stress can actually make you age and weaken at a much faster rate, which is why it is so important to properly relax your mind. Ten to fifteen minutes a day of deep meditation can significantly improve the mind’s ability to relax and handle problems more efficiently.
Change #3: Sleep Longer
Eight hours is the recommended amount of sleep for most adults, though it is more common for people to sleep five to seven hours. If you don’t get the optimal amount of sleep for your body, then it will result in a fatigued mind and body all day long. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every single day to get used to your new sleep schedule.
Change #4: Switch to a Healthy Diet
Although junk foods may taste sugary and delicious, they will only worsen the symptoms of fibromyalgia. A proper diet that consists of fruits, nuts, lean meats, and vegetables will improve the immune system which lessens the chances of developing serious consequences from the symptoms. It is also important to drink plenty of water as well.
For those diagnosed with this syndrome, it is best to have a balanced diet that includes these specific vitamins: Vitamin C, Omega 3, B-Complex, and Magnesium. Vitamin C is used for fighting off diseases and stress reduction. Omega 3 improves the nerves and mental cognition. B-Complex vitamins promote the health of the nervous system. Magnesium helps the body create new cells, absorb calcium, and relax the muscles.
Study – The Effects of Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia
Mayo Clinic conducted a study on the effects of acupuncture for patients with fibromyalgia symptoms, mainly exhaustion and anxiety. The study consisted of two groups, one received acupuncture while the other group was to take standard medications. The group who received acupuncture reported an improvement in their anxiety and exhaustion levels than the group that was given standard medications. Further studies are being conducted on this particular topic, but it is a fact that acupuncture does indeed relieve some of them symptoms.
Oriental medicine and acupuncture are exactly what you need if you have fibromyalgia syndrome or know someone who does. This is the all-natural alternative you have been looking for, no side effects whatsoever. Give Dr. Laurie a call or send an email today to set up an appointment.