Fibromyalgia mostly affects women between the ages of 20 and 50 years of age. It is essentially "pain in your fibrous tissues", characterised by chronic, widespread, severe muscular aching, pain and stiffness, accompanied by insomnia and fatigue.
The pain the sufferer feels is very real and maybe sometimes debilitating.
70-90% of Fibromyalgia sufferers will also have one or more of the following symptoms:
sleep disturbances, headaches, swollen feet, numbness or tingling, difficulty thinking and/or concentrating, dizziness and hyper sensitivity of the sensory organs.
The TCM perspective:
In Chinese medicine, we look at Fibromyalgia, as a liver-spleen disharmony. This means that the Qi (chi) or energy of the liver energy system is depressed and stagnant, and the spleen Qi is weak. However, other energy system organs may be involved as well. Because every patient with Fibromyalgia has a slightly different medical pattern discrimination, each patient's treatment is individualised.
- Acupuncture, Chinese herbs and massage all aid in moving the stagnant Qi and replenishing the weak Qi.
- Warm baths with some of the Warm Spirit invigorating herbal salts may aid in a speedier recovery from the pain experienced by Fibromyalgia sufferers.
Through natural therapies we may be able to help relieve your pain related symptoms stemming from the Fibromyalgia.
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