Fibromyalgia Awareness Day: May 12

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day: May 12

Fibromyalgia in the US:

  • Affects estimated 5.8 million Americans
  • Estimated that 2%-4% of the population is affected
  • Effects mostly women
  • No known cause or effective western treatment

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia:

  • Chronic muscle pain, muscle spasms or tightness, and leg cramps
  • Moderate or severe fatigue and decreased energy
  • Insomnia or waking up feeling just as tired
  • Stiffness upon waking or after staying in one position
  • Difficulty remembering & concentrating

How Chinese Medicine Can Help:

  • The National Institutes of Healthformally recognized acupuncture as part of mainstream medicine in 1997, saying the procedure is safe and effective at treating a wide range of conditions, including fibromyalgia.
    • Treats the “root cause” in each individual
    • Unblocks the body’s internal flow of healing energies
    • Facilitates the free-flow of healing energies throughout the meridian networks
    • Reduces inflammation
    • Alleviates pain
    • Treats fatigue

 What RESEARCH shows:

  • Releases neurotransmitters that inhibit nerve impulses in the brain such as pain.
  • In this way, the patient’s pain tolerance is increased. One acupuncture treatment in some patients may last weeks to help alleviate chronic pain.

Aug. 24, 2005 — Acupuncture significantly improves fibromyalgia symptoms, according to a study by Mayo Clinic scientists. The biggest improvements were seen in pain, anxiety, and fatigue.

  • 50 fibromyalgia patients whose symptoms hadn’t improved with other treatments.
  • Half of the patients got six acupuncture sessions over two or three weeks. The other patients got the same schedule of fake acupuncture treatments.
  • Those who got true acupuncture had notably bigger improvements in fibromyalgia symptoms than those who got fake acupuncture
  • The largest benefit was seen one month after the treatments ended, the researchers note. They write that acupuncture was well tolerated, with minimal side effects.

See full research article Improvement in Fibromyalgia Symptoms