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Acupuncture and Fibromyalgia

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Acupuncture St Helens is one of the most popular forms of alternative treatments around the world.  It is about the insertion of sterile needles into the skin to elicit a desired medical response. Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, which believes that the underlying cause of all pain and illness is blocked or stagnant energy (chi).  A blocked chi can be likened to heavy rainfall where the water from it is obstructed by a canal system filled with debris, preventing the water to drain out to other drainage systems.  Acupuncture treatment removes this blockage by inserting needles placed in certain parts of the body. The acupuncturist’s goal is to release blocked chi and restore the body then to optimal health.

Acupuncture is an ancient medical art practice for over 5,000 years in China and other parts of the Orient.  Acupuncture is an effective treatment for fibromyalgia.  Various tests and studies have been done citing the beneficial use of acupuncture for treatment of a wide range of pain and fatigue disorders.  However, the fundamental viewpoints of traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine are very different which makes a cogent and empirical conclusion from Western medicine regarding the efficacy of acupuncture in treating a wide range of disorders extremely difficult to reconcile.  For Western medicine, a cure for one specific disease will apply for all individuals with this type of disease.  With acupuncture, each individual in a group with the same disease may be given different customized treatment plans.

There are over 6 million Americans suffering from fibromyalgia with really no substantive remedy for its symptoms offered by Western medicine and that is why more people are beginning to realize the power of alternative medicine.  The March/April 2006 edition of Alternative Therapies reported that acupuncture has been proven to have a therapeutic effect in treating fibromyalgia. Besides showing proof of reversing arthritic conditions and other chronic pain issues, acupuncture has also shown to relieve the painful symptoms of fibromyalgia.

When people envision acupuncture, they always associate it with needles, which prevent some of them from benefiting from it.  However, the needles used in acupuncture are very thin and not the type of instruments one uses to draw blood or inject substances inside the body.  The sensation one gets from an acupuncture needle is light, negligible and ignorable.

The importance of staying calm and relaxed in acupuncture therapy can be understood when the efficacy of the treatment depends on the muscles being relaxed so as to allow the effect of the needles to work properly.  When the muscles tighten up because of the fear of needle pain, the treatment will never work because the tightening will hinder chi flow, which is the aim of the treatment in the first place.   Therefore, if the patient is not relaxed during treatment, the therapy itself will be useless.

Written by Valerie

June 11th, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Posted in Acupuncture