Effective Treatment for Fibromyalgia
Many people worldwide have Fibromyalgia, which is defined as a collection of physical and mental symptoms. Fibromyalgia cannot be easily diagnosed, and sometimes a diagnosis is reached after years. Western medicine has no actual treatment for the disease except for various combinations of painkillers, anti-inflammatory medications and psychiatric drugs. Natural therapy for Fibromyalgia can be a huge source of relief for individuals suffering from this condition.
People who come in for natural treatment for Fibromyalgia do so after months or years of misdiagnoses, drug treatments and psychiatric drugs. The message they often get from doctors and the internet is that fibromyalgia is an incurable disease. In short, they are told to learn to live with it and are driven to desperation. This article aims to show you that there are natural healing methods for Fibromyalgia and hope. Let us start with some relevant explanations and then review the natural healing methods for Fibromyalgia.
What is Fibromyalgia?
The meaning of the word Fibromyalgia is muscle pain located in connective tissues and tendons. Fibromyalgia is defined as a syndrome (a set of signs) because it consists of many symptoms. Those symptoms, coupled with complaints made by patients, are put together under the title “Fibromyalgia.”
There are no lab tests or clear medical examinations that can define the disease, so patients must go through long series of tests and an elimination process of other diseases until their Fibromyalgia is diagnosed.
The primary Fibromyalgia sign is pain across the body, which can migrate from one soft tissue to another. These soft tissues include muscles and tendons, but not bones (like in arthritis). Fibromyalgia patients experience sensitivity in various areas of the body – mostly in the main joints. It is a typical characteristic that helps to diagnose the illness. Other signs of fibromyalgia include chronic fatigue, energy depletion, sleep problems, headaches, bad moods, depression, anxiety, stress, digestion issues, neurological issues, urinary problems, and more.
How to Diagnose Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose because it doesn’t have clear diagnosis evidence like a blood test or CT. Fibromyalgia, like chronic fatigue and irritable bowel syndrome, are syndromes that consist of many symptoms.
To understand the difficulty faced by doctors who need to diagnose Fibromyalgia, let us look at an example. Suppose a person arrives at a clinic with shoulder pain, knee pain, depression and fatigue. The patient can be suffering from a ruptured shoulder tendon, meniscus inflammation, depression and fatigue; the fatigue might be medically linked to a specific vitamin deficiency.
The doctor refers the patient to a series of tests, like a shoulder X-ray, a knee ultrasound, psychiatric evaluation and blood tests. When all the tests come back negative, the doctor tells the patient that they are healthy. So, the patient goes back to their life, and sometimes – after a few weeks perhaps – the shoulder pain gets better, but a neck pain starts, or pain in the other knee. So, the patient returns to the doctor, and the doctor refers them again to a series of tests, so a cycle of misdiagnosis begins.
Eventually, the patient finds a doctor that examines their whole medical history, looks into all kinds of sensitivities in the body and informs the patient that they might have Fibromyalgia. “Might be” – because the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia is indefinite. There are currently no blood tests or medical scans that can definitively prove the existence of that condition.
The Downside of Diagnosing Fibromyalgia
Diagnosis is a curious thing. For doctors, it is a way to determine what treatment to administer, but it is also significant for the patient. On the one hand, the patient wants his condition to be acknowledged – to know that they are not “making it up.” On the other hand, the diagnosis comes at a heavy price: they are now ill with something modern medicine finds very difficult to treat. There are so many cases of people who come in for diagnosis feeling “healthy,” and after being diagnosed, they start feeling worse and worse (like cancer patients). This is a dilemma that every doctor must deal with and presented correctly to the patient.
If there is a specific treatment for a particular illness, the diagnosis is crucial because it determines what therapy is needed. From the perspective of natural medicine, it is possible to distinguish between patients who have already been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and have formed misconceptions regarding the incurability of the disease and those who only have various symptoms and are more optimistic. It seems, though, that the recovery of the hopeful patients is more straightforward – a phenomenon that is true for any illness, especially Fibromyalgia.
One of the most important messages to the patient is to show them hope by giving them examples of people who did it!
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
In Fibromyalgia, the patient’s perspective on the disease is critical due to how the illness develops. The development of fibromyalgia can be explained by natural therapy methods like Chinese medicine or Recall Healing, which connects the body and mind.
From a body-mind perspective on Fibromyalgia, let us imagine a healthy person who starts suffering from body pain. That pain is instigated like any other pain – it may be due to muscle or tendon strain in a specific joint.
For people who will eventually develop Fibromyalgia, the pain would create the concern: “What would happen if the pain doesn’t go away?” That concern would create another pain in a different part of the body, which would, in turn, bring about fear: “I won’t be able to work.” The fear would then create a third kind of a pain in a place that leads to another emotion, and that is how Fibromyalgia is developed. The human body accumulates a knot of negative emotions, various aches, tiredness, despair, depression and anxiety.
Successfully Treating Fibromyalgia
Success in treating Fibromyalgia means untying that knot. Many natural treatment methods are designed for that purpose, like acupuncture and Recall Healing, which work by alleviating the pain and preventing the creation of the pain and the emotional circle. The secret to treating Fibromyalgia is a combination of methods that help pain through working on the subconscious emotions. Even if the patient doesn’t engage in some treatment to clear the subconscious but calm the patient, treatment or therapy aimed at just soothing and relaxing them can also produce a naturally-occurring healing effect.
The patient’s role in this process is to relax and try their best not to create new emotional dramas. They are also required to keep their body active, but in such a way that does not give rise to pain, for example, water exercises, walking, Tai chi and so on. Easy movement reprograms the body and reestablishes the notion that not every action is painful. After recovery, it is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle in terms of nutrition, physical exercise and rest. Keeping the mind to be as calm as possible through meditation and guided imagery can also help.
Natural Treatment for Fibromyalgia
There are many methods in alternative medicine that may help Fibromyalgia patients. Every way has its advantages and disadvantages, and sometimes it is better to combine two methods or more to maximize the results.
It is also possible to start the Fibromyalgia natural treatment before a final diagnosis has been made since every treatment method has its way of diagnosing. This can save long weeks or months of unnecessary suffering.
We will now review the primary alternative ways to address Fibromyalgia.
Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture can relieve much of the pain and inflammation and tend to the patient’s emotional state. However, the therapy’s purpose is to treat the patient as deeply and effectively as possible – not merely to eliminate the symptoms. Therefore, the treatment must start with a diagnosis to find the source of the imbalance in the body.
Especially in conditions like Fibromyalgia, where there are a wide variety of symptoms, a profound diagnosis of the factors that have created and fueled the problem will enable the acupuncturist to treat various symptoms simultaneously. Despite that, in cases where the discomfort is significant, our priority would be to address the difficulties that disturb the patient: pain, fatigue, moods, etc. However, in the long run, the purpose of the therapy is to treat the problem’s source according to Chinese medicine principles. The symptoms do not return or at least reappear in a much lower frequency and intensity.
Balance Method Acupuncture is excellent for Fibromyalgia.
The Balance Method is an acupuncture therapy that was introduced to the world by Dr. Tan. This method harnesses an ancient acupuncture technique, in which the unique combination of acupuncture points brings about an inner balance to the body and faster recovery. Apart from the usual issues used in regular acupuncture, there are additional acupuncture points that, when stimulated, lead to more immediate, more profound results.
There is a unique method called “The Twelve Magical Points System,” which principally punctures all twelve meridians (energy channels) in the body to treat fibromyalgia. This method is well suited for fibromyalgia because Fibromyalgia symptoms are usually spread throughout the whole body and affect all the meridians. This kind of acupuncture may be combined by the acupuncturist with Chinese medicinal herb treatment when necessary or with Tui na and shiatsu. Many studies indicate that acupuncture is a natural treatment for Fibromyalgia to be highly effective.
Case study: Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia
Christina arrived at the clinic with complaints about various joints pains,
which shifted every few days. She also complained about insomnia, great stress (which she said was the result of her demanding lifestyle), constipation, and more. All of these signs had started the previous year, following her father’s death.
The family doctor diagnosed Fibromyalgia and referred Christina to a long series of tests, which made her even more desperate and concerned about her condition. When she came to me, I diagnosed her according to Chinese medicine principles and found she was suffering from heat in the liver and kidney depletion. I gave her the appropriate medicinal herbs to reinforce her kidneys and relax the liver, and at the same time, I treated her with Balance Method Acupuncture. Christina made a point of regularly coming for therapy and diligently keeping the instructions I had given her.
She was treated twice a week with The Twelve Magical Points for Fibromyalgia, part of the Acupuncture Balance Method. Five sessions later, she was doing better. Pain intensity decreased by more than fifty percent, and after twelve sessions, the pain was all but gone, and her mental state had improved. We started to decrease session frequency to once a week and then to once a month for maintenance treatments and stress relief.
Read more about Balance Method Acupuncture.
Recall Healing for Fibromyalgia
In Recall Healing, we address the subconscious emotional causes that have created Fibromyalgia. These causes can be found in the patient’s genetic lineage and life event history, especially during their early childhood and in their mother’s womb. In Recall Healing, Fibromyalgia is seen as an imbalance in muscle and nerve communication, resulting from emotional causes linked to family relationships (primarily between the parents).
Fibromyalgia is connected to a sense of incompetence and low self-esteem concerning the execution of certain activities.
During a Recall Healing session, we examine the patient’s experiences before the illness appeared and looked into their life cycles, early childhood and genetic lineage. Sometimes the seeds that create a disease are planted in the patient’s subconscious when developing in their mother’s womb. The key for success in Recall Healing is to bring awareness to all the factors that caused the illness, and then to understand the “Fibromyalgia knot”; how it was created, how it led to the physical pain which led to emotion, and how that emotion led to different physical pain.
In Recall Healing, muscle and skeleton pathologies are connected to feelings of worthlessness concerning certain physical activities. For instance, participating in a basketball game while comparing oneself to other people’s abilities or not fulfilling one’s own self-expectations might lead to feelings of worthlessness and a knee injury resulting from that.
Naturally, when the body is hurting and suffering, any action would trigger feelings of worthlessness. This realization is significant since feeling worthless will lead to other pains in other places in the body, leading to more feelings of worthlessness. Fibromyalgia patients are therefore advised to be physically active, but only to such an extent that it does not involve pain. They can swim, engage in other kinds of water exercises, or walk, always keeping in mind not to dwell in self-criticism.
In many cases, Recall Healing will relieve the pain, which would prevent the creation of a knot. It is often recommended to combine Recall Healing with acupuncture to deal with the complex situation and be emotionally and physically available to receive the treatment.
Recall Healing for Fibromyalgia requires the patient to emotionally participate in the process, which might not be suitable for everyone. The results, however, can be speedy. It is also advantageous to combine Recall Healing with acupuncture or another physical treatment like medicinal herbs, Shiatsu or Tui na. Read more about Recall Healing.
Shiatsu or Tui na as a natural treatment for Fibromyalgia
Shiatsu or Tui na effectively treat fibromyalgia thanks to the physical work on muscles, joints, meridians and acupuncture points. Compared to a regular massage, which only works on the physical aspect of the illness, these methods also consider the Chinese medicine diagnosis and the energetic system. They are also effective when combined with acupuncture or medicinal plant treatment.
Naturopathy as Fibromyalgia Treatment
Another natural treatment for Fibromyalgia is naturopathy. Nutrition can be a very significant element in recovery, as Fibromyalgia patients often suffer from overweight that burdens the body and causes self-criticism. Naturopaths can also provide medicinal plants or vitamin treatment for Fibromyalgia. Treating Fibromyalgia with food supplements is essential, but it is better to get those supplements after receiving a diagnosis rather than just purchasing them at the pharmacy.
Reflexology is a natural treatment for Fibromyalgia.
Another therapeutic method suited for Fibromyalgia patients is reflexology. Reflexology uses the foot to stimulate the entire body, making it possible to treat pains by applying pressure to the foot. The advantage of the reflexology is that when painful places are too sensitive for direct touch, they can be treated by touching the foot. Reflexology can also help patients relax by treating their emotional problems, making it an adequate complementary therapy for Fibromyalgia. Coupled with acupuncture or Recall Healing, reflexology can produce even better results.
Healing Fibromyalgia depends on the age, health and mental condition of the patient.
People who have a better chance to recover and remain symptom-free are those who manage to change their habits, diet, physical activity patterns and those who find ways to reduce stress through meditation, yoga, or psychological treatments. For anyone who has recovered from Fibromyalgia, it is recommended to continue with maintenance treatments and address any possible reoccurrence if there any signs of a new problem in the body – not to let additional symptoms start and create the “Fibromyalgia knot.”
As mentioned earlier, to receive treatment for signs of possible Fibromyalgia, there is no need to wait for a final diagnosis. It is possible to start the natural treatment for Fibromyalgia even before Western medicine offers its conclusive diagnosis. Natural medicine treats the person rather than the disease and utilizes diagnostic tools different from Western medicine.
In most cases, Fibromyalgia signs are mitigated after a few sessions. If no change occurs after about ten sessions, it is good to see another therapist change the therapy method.
We hope this article helped you find a natural treatment for Fibromyalgia. We wish you a fast recovery.