Fibromyalgia Treated by Acupuncture and Medicinal Herbs
By Kevin Lance Jones, OMD, L.Ac.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicinal Herbs respond and relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia.
There is no known cure for the disease and there is no known cause of Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks itself. It is not like Multiple Sclerosis, another autoimmune disease, which has more severe symptoms and can be debilitating.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition in which you will experience pain in the muscles, tendons and ligaments. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, several natural treatment methods exist that can be combined into an effective natural treatment strategy.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Acupuncture can address nerve energy deficiencies in various parts of the body and restore the proper flow.
Acupuncture releases certain neuro-active chemicals into the blood stream. Chief among these are endorphins and enkephalins; the body's natural painkillers. When a person is injured, pain impulses travel up the spinal cord to the brain. The brain then releases endorphins and enkephalins. Enkephalins block pain signals in the spinal cord. Endorphins are thought to block pain principally at the brain stem. Both are morphine-like substances whose functions are similar to those of opium-based drugs.
There are a number of Supplements and Chinese Herbs that can be helpful in giving relief to painful symptoms without opiate-based medications. Herbs can address the pain and inflammation associated with fibromyalgia. The best herb for fibromyalgia is Corydalis Yanhusuo. It works in a different system in the body, the dopamine system. It can be taken as a five to one concentrated extract. This means one gram of the extract is equal to five grams of the raw root. People generally take 1-2 grams, three times per day for stubborn chronic pain.
You will be surprised how Corydalis is safely "directed" to the area in pain and "goes to" the problem. In severe cases of pain, it may (or may not) take up to 3 days to build up enough Corydalis in your system for it to be fully experienced at its optimum level. At the clinic of Dr. Kevin Lance Jones, we have this herb available. If you are on blood thinning medications, are or will be pregnant, do not take Corydalis Yanhusuo.
Other treatments are the following: Omega-3 fatty acids decrease inflammation, which can lead to pain. Fish oil is an excellent source; take one to two capsules or one to two tbsp. of oil daily. Discuss this supplement with your doctor if you are taking blood-thinning medications.
Acetyl-L-carnitine provides muscle support; take 500 to 1,000 mg daily. Magnesium addresses multiple symptoms of the condition; take 200 mg three times a day. S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) can help boost your mood; take 800 mg daily. A combination calcium and vitamin D supplement addresses muscle and skeletal weakness; take as directed on the product label.
It may seem counterintuitive to suggest exercise when you are in pain, but according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, research indicates low-intensity exercise on a regular basis is one of the best natural treatments for fibromyalgia. It might be difficult at first, but as you continue, your muscles will become less tense and stiff, you will sleep better, and you will raise the levels of beneficial chemicals (endorphins and enkephalins) in the body that combat pain. Water exercises the are a great choice. You should not attempt to design an exercise regimen on your own; consult with a licensed acupuncturist or a pain specialist for guidance.
Stress exacerbates symptoms of fibromyalgia. It is necessary for you to find ways to manage your stress. There many natural techniques can achieve results. Practice yoga, meditation, deep breathing, progressive relaxation, positive visualization and anything else that makes you feel better or more relaxed. When you try these methods know they are subtle and will take some repetition to have a lasting effect.
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