Using Acupuncture to Treat Fibromyalgia

By Marijke Vroomen-Durning on Tue, Jul 12, 2011

What would you do if you found out that there was a “new” treatment that might help your ongoing fibromyalgia symptoms? Ironically, this treatment is actually substantially older than traditional Western medicine and appears to be effective in treating a disease that is considered to be relatively new.

The good news is that there is such a treatment and it’s likely available in your corner of the world; it's acupuncture. The art/science of acupuncture is thousands of years old and has provided relief for millions of people who suffer from a myriad of illnesses and disorders. While acupuncture isn’t guaranteed to cure or help relieve pain and symptoms, there is growing evidence that it is an effective and reliable treatment for many.

Acupuncture and its less fearsome cousin, acupressure, rely on pressure points throughout your body to help restore body energy, called qi. In Chinese medicine, it is believe that qi flows through the body freely and if it becomes disturbed or blocked, pain and discomfort results.

Fibromyalgia is considered somewhat of a medical mystery. The fatigue and general pain that are the hallmark symptoms can cause other problems, such as depression and a feeling of isolation. Western medicine is still working on recognizing fibromyalgia as a real medical disorder and doctors are often at a loss as to how to treat it. As such, they often treat the symptoms with medications that may or may not be effective.

Using an alternative or complementary treatment like acupuncture doesn’t mean you have to give up on traditional medicine. In fact, an increasing number of healthcare practitioners are encouraging the use of both, sort of covering all the bases, if you will.

But how does acupuncture help with fibromyalgia? In 2005, a study from the Mayo Clinic investigated the effects of acupuncture on 50 patients with severe fibromyalgia that had not responded to traditional symptom-relief treatments. After receiving acupuncture in six sessions over two to three weeks, there was a significant improvement in symptoms of pain, fatigue, and anxiety, with the greatest improvement being one month after the treatment. By seven months, the symptoms were returning to pre-treatment levels. The researchers said that they expected some results with pain relief, but the effects of acupuncture treatment on reducing fatigue and anxiety surprised them.  Because anxiety and fatigue can exacerbate painful symptoms, it only stands to reason that if they can be relieve or minimized, then pain may also be reduced.

Acupuncture isn’t a miracle cure, but as the researchers of the Mayo Clinic study say, if it could help people with treatment-unresponsive fibromyalgia, it may just be a good route for others who live with the disease.

By Marijke Vroomen-Durning

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4 COMMENTS

Caitlen Lester 5 months ago
Is acupressure as good as acupuncture for fibromyalgia? Could this possibly replace medication?

Anonymous 3 years ago

E² Acupuncture Science
Any skeletal muscle pain can be easily cured by Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture.

For 4,610 years (2600BC), Yellow Explorer's time. Until now acupuncturist continues this ancient TCM practice to eliminating all diseases (trying). All the main hospitals of China use this to treat most patients as busy as KFC fast food.

Acupuncture treatment will has needling sensation effect for first few days. This called “DE Qi/Chi” (Arrival of Oxy’Blood---needling sensation). it must be achieved so that Yin & Yang(Negative and Positive energy) can be balanced and body’s immune system has strengthens, else diseases can’t be eliminated. The fundamental manipulating techniques are Lifting and thrusting & Twirling or rotating. TCM Acupuncture therapeutic works and easily cures muscular pain if apply correctly.

Beside sciatica(more trials needed), all others skeletal muscle pains are not recorded in TCM text therefore no “Acupoints(???)” can be provided to any acupuncturist as that they need to advancing the practice and pick the right AcuPoints.

Be respectful, Acupuncture is not a device or voodoo magic, it does not release any things (certainly not endorphins, inflammation, etc, ..) or anti-inflammatory agents. Please do not mislead. It is a marvelous 4,610+ years old, micro surgical tool, etc, .

“An acupuncture is bad science”. not much can be expected in 4,610 years ago, good science & resources only available from 1850AD such great scientists: Heinrich Hertz (1887) & Albert Einstein (1905).
Since 2005 E² Acupuncture has added a new chapter of modem acupuncture science. which has scientific proven, formulated, verified and even dispelling the amount of excessive Yins/-Toxin can be calculated. Treatment uses single new save disposal and painless micro-needle insertion to proper “Acupoints(??)” and has no side effects, least risk mainly due to accident same as any treatments. No Lifting and thrusting & Twirling or rotating manipulating needed so that patient cans comfortably having a cup of tea/coffee.

Acupuncturist must fully understood the Five Elements(五行), Five Changes(五变) and Five Shu/Transports(五输/通) Yin & Yang balance principles. if any one treated by 5 X 30 minutes in 2 weeks and has no relief by 4 weeks, please discontinues and shop around.

I have my Plantar fasciitis cured twice by my own EE Acupuncture, last cured was on march/2011 since then pain remains free and no sign of coming back. (EE: Eliminates Excessive Yins/-Toxin/Electrons)

check/click on my site below
https://sites.google.com/site/jameschongpainfree/
or more help below sites
http://talk.plantar-fasciitis.org/profile/JamesChong?xg_source=profiles_memberList
http://groups.google.com/group/plantar-fasciitis-AcupCure/browse_thread/thread/708eb7de388fae5b?hl=en-GB


Sciatica update (loc: buttock & 5 inches down, 2 spots).
treated on 30th/10/2011.
12 days after and feedback:

"Been feeling the slight tenderness in the area where the needle were inserted. Felt my legs is tired but not the numbness." (50% pain relief, 100% no numbness)

5 weeks Later (email on 4th/11/2011):
"Seems to be fine, slight tenderness but definitely better than before" (now 90% cure)

why pain relief if it can be so easily cured.
and the cost of curing it is so much less then a pair of PF shoes and not to mention others, .

cheers
James


Anonymous 3 years ago

E² Acupuncture Science
Any skeletal muscle pain can be easily cured by Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture.

For 4,610 years (2600BC), Yellow Explorer's time. Until now acupuncturist continues this ancient TCM practice to eliminating all diseases (trying). All the main hospitals of China use this to treat most patients as busy as KFC fast food.

Acupuncture treatment will has needling sensation effect for first few days. This called “DE Qi/Chi” (Arrival of Oxy’Blood---needling sensation). it must be achieved so that Yin & Yang(Negative and Positive energy) can be balanced and body’s immune system has strengthens, else diseases can’t be eliminated. The fundamental manipulating techniques are Lifting and thrusting & Twirling or rotating. TCM Acupuncture therapeutic works and easily cures muscular pain if apply correctly.

Beside sciatica(more trials needed), all others skeletal muscle pains are not recorded in TCM text therefore no “Acupoints(???)” can be provided to any acupuncturist as that they need to advancing the practice and pick the right AcuPoints.

Be respectful, Acupuncture is not a device or voodoo magic, it does not release any things (certainly not endorphins, inflammation, etc, ..) or anti-inflammatory agents. Please do not mislead. It is a marvelous 4,610+ years old, micro surgical tool, etc, .

“An acupuncture is bad science”. not much can be expected in 4,610 years ago, good science & resources only available from 1850AD such great scientists: Heinrich Hertz (1887) & Albert Einstein (1905).
Since 2005 E² Acupuncture has added a new chapter of modem acupuncture science. which has scientific proven, formulated, verified and even dispelling the amount of excessive Yins/-Toxin can be calculated. Treatment uses single new save disposal and painless micro-needle insertion to proper “Acupoints(??)” and has no side effects, least risk mainly due to accident same as any treatments. No Lifting and thrusting & Twirling or rotating manipulating needed so that patient cans comfortably having a cup of tea/coffee.

Acupuncturist must fully understood the Five Elements(五行), Five Changes(五变) and Five Shu/Transports(五输/通) Yin & Yang balance principles. if any one treated by 5 X 30 minutes in 2 weeks and has no relief by 4 weeks, please discontinues and shop around.

I have my Plantar fasciitis cured twice by my own EE Acupuncture, last cured was on march/2011 since then pain remains free and no sign of coming back. (EE: Eliminates Excessive Yins/-Toxin/Electrons)

check/click on my site (you can send to any one of my site)
https://sites.google.com/site/jameschongpainfree/
or more help below sites
http://talk.plantar-fasciitis.org/profile/JamesChong?xg_source=profiles_memberList
http://groups.google.com/group/plantar-fasciitis-AcupCure/browse_thread/thread/708eb7de388fae5b?hl=en-GB

Sciatica update (loc: buttock & 5 inches down, 2 spots).
treated on 30th/10/2011.
12 days after and feedback:

"Been feeling the slight tenderness in the area where the needle were inserted. Felt my legs is tired but not the numbness." (50% pain relief, 100% no numbness)

5 weeks Later (email on 4th/11/2011):
"Seems to be fine, slight tenderness but definitely better than before" (now 90% cure)

why pain relief if it can be so easily cured.
and the cost of curing it is so much less then a pair of PF shoes and not to mention others, .

cheers
James


Anonymous 4 years ago

A woman whose fibromyalgia symptoms got worse with the natural, unmedicated birth of her second child, wonders if the exercise of ‘going into the pain’ is what made her FMS worse.. My first full blown Fibromyalgia episode came on after the birth of my second child. His birth was my first experience with ''natural'' birthing techniques. You know, ''go into the pain'', so labor will progress more quickly. http://www.healthywomenguide.com/fibromyalgia-symptoms.html