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Trying new treatments


treatments for fibromyalgia

I have decided to lay off the medications for a while and try what are sometimes called Complementary or Alternative Therapies.
These include Ayurvedic medicineHomeopathyNaturopathyAcupunctureAcupressure, Magnet therapy, Shiatsu, Herbalism, Meditation, Aromatherapy, Bach Flower Remedies, Chromo therapy, Diet therapy, Hydropathy, Reiki and Yoga.

I am going to investigate the ancient Chinese system of Acupuncture in which fine needles are inserted in the skin at points along lines of energy called meridians. .Has anyone tried acupuncture for their fibromyalgia?

A trial, conducted by the Mayo Clinic, found that acupuncture "provided significant improvements in a variety of symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, with the effects of care often lasting several months". ACUPUNCTURETODAY

50 patients who had tried other treatments for relief, without success, either had acupuncture or simulated acupuncture. They were not told which treatment they received. After 6 sessions they reported improvement in symptoms of pain, anxiety and fatigue. I do not get anxiety but have decided to try acupuncture for my pain and fatigue. I will keep you posted.

I would love to know what alternative therapies you have tried. I have sometimes used homeopathy, magnets, meditation, diet, and my favourites myofascial massage and hydrotherapy.

3 comments:

  1. Acupuncture has helped me with general balance and wellbeing

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  2. Anonymous3:25 PM

    "This study shows there is something real about acupuncture and its effects on Fibromyalgia," says David Martin, M.D., Ph.D., Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist and the study's lead investigator. "Our study was performed on patients with moderate to severe Fibromyalgia. It's my speculation that if acupuncture works for these patients with recalcitrant Fibromyalgia -- where previous treatments had not provided satisfactory relief -- it would likely work for many of the millions of Fibromyalgia patients."
    More at http://www.news-medical.net/news/2005/08/25/12699.aspx

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  3. "Chinese medicine views fibromyalgia as a condition resulting from general weakness of the liver, kidney, spleen and heart, caused by emotional stress, over strain, lack of adequate sleep and nutrition, and disturbed body rhythm - in other words, the body is out of "sync.""
    FROM Acupuncture.com
    http://acupuncture.com/conditions/fibromyalc.htm

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Thanks for your input