Fibromyalgia is the name given to an undiagnosed, rampant inflammatory condition in the body, a very serious debility that many women suffer from, and western medicine provides no cure at all for this condition.
In Chinese medicine, we find two etiologies (causes) for fibromyalgia. The first is very poor blood circulation, almost always due to obesity. For every extra 10 pounds we have on our frames, the diameter of our blood vessels are cut in half. If the patient is overweight, then there is a systemic lack of nutrient and oxygen circulation to all the major muscle groups of the body and the sensory nerves that surround them. The result is constant, chronic pain. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs successfully in vasodilate the major longitudinal blood vessels of the body, thereby providing more oxygen and nutrients to the malnourished muscle groups. The result is a dramatic reduction of pain over a short period of time.
The second etiology concerns itself with a form of malnutrition: some fibromyalgia sufferers are simply anemic or borderline anemic. The anemia is a plasma anemia which western medicine fails to recognize. An anemic patient may be thin, frail, have dry skin, does not sleep well, often is anxious and of course has a lot of pain, especially in the upper body. Chinese herbal medicine seeks to restore the fluid deficiency in the blood and body. The result is a sustainable reduction of pain and inflammation in the body, and therefore a restoration of vitality.