Energy Medicine for Fibromyalgia
What is Fibromyalgia?
- chronic pain
- debilitating fatigue
- difficulty sleeping
- joint stiffness
- chronic headaches
- dryness in mouth, nose, and eyes
- inability to concentrate (called “fibro fog” or “brain fog”)
- irritable bowel syndrome
- numbness, tingling or poor circulation in the hands and feet
- painful menstrual cramps
- restless legs syndrome
Symptoms often begin after a physical or emotional trauma, but in many cases there appears to be no triggering event. Women are more prone to develop the disorder than are men, and the risk of fibromyalgia increases with age.
An Oriental Medicine Perspective
Pain is seen as a disruption of the flow of Qi within the body. The disruption of Qi that results in fibromyalgia is usually associated with disharmonies of the Liver, Spleen, Kidney and Heart Systems.
The Acupuncture and Energy Medicine Treatment
Because symptoms of fibromyalgia vary greatly from one person to another, a wide array of traditional and alternative treatments have been shown to be the most effective way of treating this difficult syndrome. A treatment program may include a combination of acupuncture, energy medicine techniques, energy psychology techniques (Clearing and Manifesting Energies™, Advanced Clearing and Manifesting Energies™), energy medicine exercises, nutritional supplements and bodywork.
Energy Medicine Quick Tips for Fibromyalgia
2. Homolateral Crossover Re-Patterning – with Fibromyalgia the body’s energies are not properly crossing over from the left and right sides of the brain. An easy way to begin to shift this pattern is to take your index finger and beginning between your eyebrows, trace a large Figure 8 around your eyes several times and then repeat in the opposite direction. The more times a day you do this exercise, the faster this pattern will change. (For the full exercise and more information, see page 19 of our eBook.)
3. Balancing Triple Warmer and Spleen Meridians – while there are many ways to do this holding the Triple Warmer Acupressure Sedating points and the Spleen Strengthening points are the most functional.
Eat Nutrient Dense Foods for Fibromyalgia
B-Complex – Found in whole grains, beans, nuts, chicken, fish and eggs; B-complex vitamins directly influence the nervous system’s proper functioning and combat nerve problems such as tingling, numbness and tenderness.
Magnesium – Found in nuts, grains, beans, fish, meat and dark green vegetables magnesium is needed for muscle flexibility and bone, protein and fatty acid formation. Magnesium is also integral in making new cells, relaxing muscles, clotting blood and activating B vitamins.
Omega 3 – Directly affecting cellular function this fatty acid found in fish minimizes nerve sensitivity and improves cognition.
Vitamin C – Helps combat stress, builds the immune system, and reduces swelling. Vitamin C is found in a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables including citrus fruits, green vegetables, tomatoes, and berries.
Water – Increases circulation of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body and helps to eliminate waste and detox.