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Fibromyalgia and its chinese medicine treatment

Fibromyalgia is a chronic stress or occupation induced condition in which a series of muscular spasms causes intermittent aches and pain, usually in the back, the trunk and/or the thighs. The pain is usually described as burning, throbbing,shooting,and stabbing. The pain and stiffess is often greater in the morning than the other times of day,and it may be accompanied by chronic headaches, strange sensations in the skin,insomnia,and irritable bowel syndrome. It Seems to be triggered by cold weather condilions or emotional upset. Fibromyalgia is most common in middle-aged and elderly people, and may occur more often in anxious people, and in those who spend time sitting in a cramped position. Depression is frequently part of the pictures as well. The most distinctive feature of fibromyalgia,however,is the existence of certain "tender points"- nine pairs of specific spots where the muscle are abnormally tender to the touch:

  • Around the lower vertebra of the neck.
  • At the insertion of the second rib.
  • Around the upper part of the thigh bone.
  • In the middle of the knee joint.
  • In muscles connected to the base of the skull.
  • In muscles of the neck and upper back.
  • In muscles of the mid-back.
  • On the side of the elbow.
  • In the upper and outer muscles of the buttocks.

Fibromyalgia is much more common in females than in males. The cause of fibromyalgia is not known. Some evidence points to a problem with the immune system. A disturbance in brain chemistry may also be involved. Many people who develop fibromyalgia have a history of clinical depression. Other possible caused that have been proposed include infection with some sort of virus, fungus, parasites, and anemia, chronic mercury poisoning, etc.. It is believed that fibromyalgia may be related Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS). Fibromyalgia is not considered to be a medical term, and some medical doctors refuse to recognize the condition because investigation usually fails to reveal any detectable reason for the symptons

Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM), however,has recognized that Fibromyalgia and CFS should be classified into the category of "Xu Sun"(Asthenia Deseases), and "Wu Lao Qi Shang". The causes of these disorders, in terms of Chinese Medicine theory,are nothing more than irregular lifestyle, improper diet, overworking,impairment by extreme emotions and lack of exercise. In north America,living such a rapid rhythm, working in a highly stressful environment,are the key contributing factors to the increased onset of Fibromyalgia and CFS. In recent years, our clinic has treated many cases of these conditions with a satisfactory result,by using acupuncture and herbal methods. The herbs like astragalus and echinacea con enhance immmune function; Can Caeo is good spasm in the legs; Bai Shao helps spasm in feet and hands; Ginseng is useful as an overall tonic.

Michelle, female, 52, had complained of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue for ovel last 10 years, with poor memory, insomnia, unable to concentrate, constant buming pain in the chest and both shoulders sometimes palpitation, lack o fappetite, and extreme tired. Both Acupuncture and herbs were applied. Acupuncture points like S36, Sp6, P6, H7,and herbs of Gai Pi Wan had been chosen. After two months of the treatments, Miehelle had been seen a significant improvement in her muscle spasm, energy level, she has no more trouble to sleep and better concentration,and has returned to work with great satisfactory.

Shirley,female,48,has felt of ache at her flank area and stiffness in her neck for 8 years. She has also shortness of breath. irritability,dizziness, and light headache. Shirley has been received acupuncture(CV4, CV6, S36, Liv3 and PS), and herbs(Shao Yao Wan). After six sessions of treatment, most signs and symptoms have greatly been improved.

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