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Fibromyalgia Treatment Options

People diagnosed with fibromyalgia have long-term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues.  Women 20 to 50 years of age receive this diagnosis more frequently than men. 

According to the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia online, allopaths have not identified a cause for this condition. 

Chinese Medical Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia

According to Chinese medicine, if someone has pain, this means that they have poor circulation of qi and blood, resulting in the tissues starving for nutrients and oxygen, while accumulating wastes. Generally, this arises from emotional imbalances affecting liver function, principally long-term anger, resentment, frustration, or impatience.

We would conduct an interview and exam to determine what factors triggered, relieve, or worsen the pain:  heat, cold, motion, rest, weather changes, or pressure (e.g. massage). 

From this information we can decide how to proceed with body therapies or herbal medicines to correct the imbalance. 

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

Research has also shown that acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, or guasha may also provide relief by improving circulation of qi and blood.   See Cao et al, J Altern Complement Med. 2010 April; 16(4): 397–409.  We have had clients use only acupuncture for fibromyalgia relief, to their satisfaction.

Clinical trials have suggested that Chinese herbal medicines may reduce pain better than pharmaceuticals commonly prescribed for this condition.  See Cao et al, J Altern Complement Med. 2010 April; 16(4): 397–409.

Food Therapy

Research indicates that a plant-based diet including many raw fruits and vegetables probably provides the most effective treatment for FMS. Some researchers believe that this way of eating improves this condition by improving the quality of gut flora, eliminating undesirable microbes and increasing the colonies of beneficial microbes. 

Animal flesh, eggs, and milk provide large amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat which impair blood circulation by stimulating blood clotting factors.  Animal fats are also rich in arachidonic acid, which promotes inflammation.  Animal protein increases the acid load sustained by the body, which may promote pain. 

Take a little time to watch this video put together by Michael Greger, MD to learn about some of the relevant research>

A properly implemented plant-based diet will give you vitality you never though possible.  If you would like to have us coach you through the transition to a whole foods plant-based diet give us a call.  You can also learn about plant-based food selections at our website, The Plant-Based Solution.

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