Rhus toxicondendron is a homeopathic medicine known to be helpful in the treatment of fibromyalgia especially for alleviating the pain. You may consult with your local homeopath if this treatment is appropriate for your type of fibromyalgia symptom.
Chinese medical doctors attribute the symptoms of fibromyalgia to a weakened life energy (qi). The body does not possess the needed energy to defend itself from the forces of Wind, Damp, and Cold.
To strengthen the life energy (qi), Chinese doctors use different herbs to expel Wind, Damp and Cold. To expel Wind and Damp, Chinese doctors use clematis root, gentian root, and chaenomeles fruit. Herbs used for Wind and Cold include cinnamon twig, and dried ginger.
Studies suggest that acupuncture can help improve the fibromyalgia symptoms. By stimulating particular points in our body, fibromyalgia symptoms may be completely relieved.
The acupuncturists treat people with fibromyalgia based on an individualized assessment of the excesses and deficiencies of qi located in various meridians. In the case of fibromyalgia, a qi deficiency is usually detected in the spleen and/or kidney meridians.
- Spleen 9, located one thumb-width below the knee crease in the hollow to the inside of your shinbone.
- Liver 3, situated on top of your foot in the webbing between your toe and second toe.
- Large Intestine 4, located on the back of your hand wherere the bones of your thumb and index finger meet.
Acupressure may also be an alternative if you wish for self-treatment, you may apply a steady penetrating finger pressure to the above points for three minutes each.
Moxibustion (a technique in which the herb mugwort is burned over specific acupuncture points) is used to strengthen the entire energy system. Qualified practitioners may also advise persons with fibromyalgia on lifestyle and diet, and provide recommendations on the use of herbal medicines.
Fibromyalgia generally includes low back pain and/or neck pain. Chiropractic has been known to have beneficial effect for these symptoms. Chiropractic is the manipulation of the spinal chord by a competent chiropractor. Chiropratic theraphy according to some studies relieves pain for a period of 1 month.
Certain prescription medicine may be prescribed by doctors to manage the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Doctors may prescribe low doses of tricyclic antidepressants 1 or 2 hours before bedtime, which are prescribed to improve sleep rather than to relieve depression.
Local anesthetics are sometimes used for fibromyalgia, such as lidocaine (XYLOCAINE) or with corticosteroids such as hydrocortisone (Cortisol). These are injected directly to a particularly tender area or trigger point, however these injections are not recommended for repetitive use.
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