Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Fibromyalgia is Usually Caused by Chi Deficiency and Damp
Dampness is a systemic imbalance characterized by the accumulation of things like fluids, adipose tissue, and phlegm that causes us to feel achy, weak, heavy, sluggish, tired, foggy, and even unmotivated. Some people are simply more susceptible to damp because they naturally have a low metabolism, while others accumulate it due to sedentary lifestyle or consumption of damp-producing foods like simple and refined carbohydrates.
Acupuncture Can Boost Chi and Transform Damp
Like an under-powered engine that burns its fuel inefficiently, damp is often the by-product of low metabolism. When this is the case, points on the acupuncture pathways that govern the digestive organs can be used to boost your digestive fire, helping you to burn your fuel more cleanly and better extract the nutrients from what you eat so that you will have more energy. Other acupuncture points on these channels can help your system “drain damp,” clearing it out by transforming it and processing it out through your intestines and urinary system, such as the point on right. This point is on the channel that passes through the pancreas, the organ that governs digestion, which produces insulin to balance blood sugar and secretes most of your digestive enzymes.
Chinese Herbs Can be Helpful as Well
Taking herbs can enhance the effects of your acupuncture treatments, helping to address symptoms from the inside out. If you are interested in trying some Chinese herbs they come in a convenient pill form and are included with your session at no extra charge. For fibromyalgia I often recommend formulas like “shen ling bai zhu wan” which helps boost metabolism and drain damp to stop aches and pains. One of the herbs in this formula is a mushroom, fu ling or poria, which grows on the roots of pine trees. Like all mushrooms, this one has a particular ability to handle damp, helping your body drain it out via the urinary system. Please click here to read more about the herbs that I carry.
So Can Chinese Massage
Chinese massage can enhance the effects of acupuncture and is healing in its own right. Tuina is the foundation of these techniques, and can include anything from broad, superficial strokes to deeper, more focused pressure. With cupping, glass orbs are suctioned to the skin, releasing tension, opening the flow of chi, and pulling blood to the area so muscles can soften and heal. Acupressure manually releases tissues, while medicated oils reduce inflammation, enhance circulation, and stop pain. If you are interested in trying Chinese massage it is included with your acupuncture session at no extra charge or you can schedule for a massage. Please click here to learn more about Chinese massage.
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