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TCM can help chronic pain disorder

FIBROMYALGIA is a disorder that is tough to diagnose. A higher percentage of women than men are affected by the aching pain, stiffness of muscles, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, headaches and irritable bowel syndrome.

There is no scientific test to reach clarity about the presence of fibromyalgia in the patient. In addition, there are many other diseases that can evoke the same syndromes.

In traditional Chinese Medicine, fibromyalgia is not one disease, but a combination of multiple disease patterns (which complicates diagnosis and treatment).

The overall issue while suffering from fibromyalgia is an insufficient flow of qi (energy) and blood.

One specific pattern is a spleen-heart-deficiency.

It is often caused by emotions that damage the spleen's ability to nourish the heart or other muscles.

When the heart is not supplied with qi and blood, it looses its spirit and the symptoms of anxiety and insomnia arise.

In this case, the heart and the spleen deficiency can react on each other and increase the symptoms.

Another disease pattern is liver qi stagnation that usually affects the spleen functions.

The emotion that is associated with the liver is anger.

When anger emerges within a person, the smooth flow of qi and blood in the liver is endangered.

To cure fibromyalgia, TCM recommends treatments that promote the flow of qi and blood.

Acupuncture and herbal medicine are proven methods. Additionally, a combination of exercise - qi gong (life force skill), tai chi, yoga - as well as walking and stretching can help.



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