Get Relief from Fibromyalgia

by Hon Lee on September 6, 2019

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease known for causing extensive musculoskeletal pain that is debilitating and quality-of-life reducing. The disorder affects both the soft tissue and the joints. While the majority of patients are women, anyone with a family history of fibromyalgia, a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD), or a diagnosis of a rheumatic disease such as lupus are at increased risk.

Of the estimated 2 percent of the population diagnosed with fibromyalgia, research shows that up to 90 percent use complementary or alternative medicine to manage their symptoms. Acupuncture, in particular, has become a popular and effective treatment choice.

Characterized by chronic widespread pain fibromyalgia sufferers may also experience a heightened and painful response to pressure, insomnia, fatigue, and digestive problems. Emotional health and mental clarity may also destabilize causing mood swings, anxiety, brain fog, and memory loss.

Symptoms usually appear after physical or emotional trauma but a trigger is not always evident. It is diagnosed when there is widespread pain throughout the body for a minimum of 3 months, and when pressure is applied to 11 out of 18 specific body sites.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine offer pain relief for the body, emotional balance for the heart, and mental clarity for the mind. According to acupuncture and Chinese medicine, pain is seen as a disruption to the flow of Qi within the body. This is best expressed in the Chinese saying: "Bu tong ze tong, tong ze bu tong" which means "free flow: no pain, no free flow: pain." The disruption that presents as fibromyalgia is often associated with disharmony of the Liver, Spleen, Kidney and Heart systems.

Oriental medicine focuses on treating each individual based on their constitution, emotional state, the intensity and location of their pain, digestive health, sleeping patterns, and an array of other symptoms. Treatment often includes a combination of Oriental medicine modalities, including acupuncture.

5 Tools for Symptom Relief

Although fibromyalgia is a disorder that can be disabling for many due to chronic widespread pain and fatigue, there are some things you can do to alleviate the symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.

Learn and Practice Stress Reduction Techniques
Chronic stress can lead to fatigue, depression, a weakened immune system, and a host of serious physical and psychological ailments.

When under stress, your muscles contract and tense affecting nerves, blood vessels, organs, skin and bones. Chronically-tense muscles can result in a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and disorders, including muscle spasms and pain.

While it isn't always possible to remove the external forces causing stress, the ability to effectively deal with stress is a choice. Take time for yourself and cultivate the energy you need to handle your stress more effectively.

One of the best tools to to relieve stress and eliminate pain is to learn and practice Qigong.

Eat a Well-Balanced Diet
Managing your diet may seem time-consuming, but the benefits it offers make it worthwhile. Many fibromyalgia sufferers find relief through a properly-managed diet.

Make sure you are including nutrients in your diet shown to combat nerve sensitivities, improve cognition, boost the immune system, and reduce swelling.

Exercise
While even basic movements may be painful, exercise helps restore strength and endurance. Tai Chi, Qi Gong or Yoga are great for easy stretches, careful strengthening, deep breathing, as well as relaxation techniques.

Gentle stretching will clear tension that builds when muscles tighten and will improve overall circulation. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.

Meditate
The practice of meditation is a proven stress-reducer that helps the body create a sense of calm and a continuing sense of well being. While 15 minutes daily is recommended, even 5 or 10 minutes can have a powerful effect on your day.

Restorative Sleep
Get at least 8 hours of restorative sleep. Maintain a routine sleep schedule and make your bedroom a sanctuary from everyday stress.

Practicing good sleep hygiene will give your body an opportunity to get stronger and heal.

Digestive Health Problems?

by Hon Lee on August 19, 2019

Millions of Americans suffer from digestive disorders ranging from constipation, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome, to more serious conditions such as acid reflux (GERD), ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Evidence that Oriental medicine has been used for digestive disorders can be found in early medical literature dating back to 3 AD, where specific acupuncture points and herbal formulas for borborygmus (rumbling or gurgling in the intestines), abdominal pain, and diarrhea with pain are discussed.

According to Oriental medical theory, most digestive disorders are due to disharmony in the spleen and stomach. The spleen plays a central part in the health and vitality of the body, taking a lead role in the assimilation of nutrients and maintenance of physical strength. It turns digested food from the stomach into usable nutrients and qi (energy). Many schools of thought have been formed around this organ, the premise being that the proper functioning of the"'middle" is the key to all aspects of vitality.

By taking into account a person's constitution and varied symptoms, a treatment plan using a variety of techniques is designed specifically for the individual to bring their "middle" back into harmony and optimize the proper functioning of the digestive system.

Celiac Disease

More than 3 million Americans are affected by celiac disease and up to 30 percent of the global population carries a genetic predisposition to it, according to the American Gasteroenterological Association. In a nutshell, celiac disease is a severe allergy against the gluten proteins found in wheat. The immune system mounts an intense reaction, which causes inflammation in the small intestine. This damages the small finger-like projections that line the small intestine, and thus interferes with the small intestine's ability to absorb the nutrients the body needs to sustain itself.


Some people are asymptomatic and don't know they have celiac disease until after they experience serious complications. In fact, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation, as many as 97 percent of sufferers are not aware they have it. The person may have what's called non-celiac gluten sensitivity, in which they react negatively to gluten but do not suffer from intestinal inflammation. This makes diagnosis and getting treatment difficult. 

Over time, if the condition is not diagnosed and goes untreated, it can become chronic and the person can find themselves dealing with long-term health conditions like anemia, miscarriage, neurological complications, infertility, mineral and vitamin deficiency, lactose intolerance, cancer of the intestines and gastrointestinal tract, reduced spleen function, deficiency of the pancreas, and gall bladder malfunction.

Research maintains there is no cure except to refrain from eating foods with gluten. But gluten can be found in many foods that may not be apparently obvious, like salad dressings, soy sauce, and even some medications. Even when gluten-containing foods are removed from the diet, sometimes the intestinal inflammation and symptoms may persist. Relief from gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, weight loss, and acid reflux may take up to several months for some. 

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help manage the symptoms of celiac disease by addressing the inflammation in your intestines through regular treatments. Of vital importance is a discussion concerning diet and how to avoid gluten while still eating nutritious, complete meals. 

One basic step you can take at home to support your digestive health is to establish a routine. According to acupuncture and Oriental medicine, the spleen is responsible for transforming food into nutrients and then transporting them to other areas of the body. Ritualize your eating habits with regular meal times, avoid hunger and don't overeat. Try to have your last meal at least three hours before going to bed. Breakfast is considered an important meal of the day and should not be skipped.

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