Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia Syndrome
6 million people in the United States are affected with a condition known as fibromyalgia syndrome. Most people afflicted have disappointing results with western medical treatment. Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine are growing in popularity for sufferers of fibromyalgia is acupuncture.
So what exactly is this syndrome? Fibromyalgia is actually medically unexplainable. This syndrome is known for causing chronic pain throughout the body, insomnia, depression, and fatigue with most of these symptoms occurring all together at once. In order to diagnose such a disease, the symptoms of pain must be within all four quadrants of the body for at least three months. Fibromyalgia does not cause physical damage to the body and there is no way to confirm that one actually has this syndrome. It is quite often that the symptoms of fibromyalgia occur after an emotional or physical traumatic event, but this might simply be a pattern that is noticed more than others since there are no known absolute triggers.
Oriental medicine dictates that when the body feels pain, there is a disruption of Qi at a certain point of your body. (Qi = life energy) So when the life energy of the kidney, heart, spleen, and liver become unbalanced, conditions such as fibromyalgia can occur.
Acupuncture balances the flow of Qi in the body and mind and thereby treats most forms of pain and inflammation effectively.
5 tips to reduce your Fibromyalgia symptoms naturally:
Tip #1: Clean up your Diet
A proper diet is extremely important for staying healthy, especially for those who have fibromyalgia as those with it have found that eating right reduces the symptoms from occurring. Eliminate refined carbohydrates and sugar.
Tip #2: Get Quality Sleep
It is important to get at least eight hours of sleep per night in order to reduce stress and strengthen the immune system of the body which will helps fight illnesses.
Tip #3: Start Meditating
Meditation is proven to be the best way to relieve stress and prevent it from building up. Meditation will help a person stay level-headed while increasing their focus overall.
Tip #4: Exercise Exercise Exercise!
Yoga, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi are three examples of exercises that can help one replenish their strength against fibromyalgia. Although it can be painful, exercise will relieve the muscles and enhance circulation of the blood and life energy. Be sure to focus on stretching and deep breathing the most.
Tip #5: Reduce Stress
Stress can develop into all sorts of problems such as depression, exhaustion, fatigue, a weak defense system, and even physical pain. Both mental and physical stress can increase the stress hormone cortisol which can severely affect the flow of blood and Qi in the system. Although it may not always be possible to rid yourself of the cause of your stress, you can manage it. It would be wise to look into stress reduction classes, meditation courses, eating the right diet, and exercising in order to efficiently manage your stress.
If you have fibromyalgia or any of the symptoms associated with it contact me today to set up an acupuncture appointment to get your body feeling better.