Oriental medicine treats symptoms not fibromyalgia as whole

MANY fibromyalgia sufferers have turned to complementary and alternative medicine to manage a variety of their symptoms.

These can range from multiple areas of musculoskeletal tenderness, stiffness and pain to disrupted sleep, depression and easy fatigability among others.

The ancient Chinese needle practice, acupuncture, might help.

Most research has focused on the symptom of pain and concludes that the release of neurotransmitters stimulate or inhibit nerve impulses in the brain that relay information about external stimuli and sensations such as pain.

In this way, the patient's pain tolerance is increased.

From a Chinese-medicine view, pain is seen as a disruption of the flow of Qi within the body.

The disruption of Qi that results in fibromyalgia is usually associated with disharmonies of the liver, spleen, kidney and heart systems.

Oriental medicine does not recognise fibromyalgia as one particular disease pattern.

Instead, it aims to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual depending on their constitution, emotional state, intensity and location of their pain, digestive health, sleeping patterns and an array of other signs and symptoms.

Give acupuncture a try and you will be amazed at the many benefits it can provide.

Best of all acupuncture is covered under most health funds.

Visit to make an appointment at 33 Off St, Gladstone or call 4972 5155. To make an appointment in Biloela 4992 5037.

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