Traditional Chinese Medicine for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia

Traditional Chinese Medicine for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia

While science has made inroads and downright amazing discoveries in recent decades, one area that eludes doctors and scientists alike is fibromyalgia.

The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association states that approximately 8% of adults 80 years of age and younger fit the criteria for fibromyalgia.

This condition is characterized by wide-spread body aches and pains, sleep disorders, constant feelings of fatigue, memory problems, and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies what should be tolerable pain sensations by affecting how your brain processes pain signals.

Currently, there is no cure but there are increasingly new ways of dealing with the symptoms of fibromyalgia. “New” as in returning to the ancient methods of healing, such as traditional Chinese medicine.

Conventional Western Medicine VS Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional modern-day methods of dealing with fibromyalgia involve prescription medications to treat symptoms, such as Cymbalta for nerve pain or sleeping pills for insomnia. These are like taking Tylenol to treat pneumonia.

TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) includes looking at the whole body and treating the root cause, rather than only looking to treat individual symptoms.

Customized treatment for each individual is common when speaking of TCM, and because the symptoms of fibro are so varied, even from person to person, a comprehensive program may include several types of treatments, including herbal medicine, nutritional advice, exercise, acupuncture, and meditation.

Vital Elements of TCM

TCM believes that two elements that are vital to a healthy life are QI (the life force in all living things) and blood. Both of these elements must flow freely within the body’s energy channels for the well-being of the body. Obstruction of the flow of these two compounds leads to pain and chronic health conditions.

Alternatively, a lack of QI or blood, due to obstruction, can also lead to pain. It is not uncommon in TCM to find both a lack of the elements and an obstruction.

TCM believes that strong emotions, such as anxiety, fear, anger, or frustration can block the two vital elements. Other causes include exposure to extreme temperatures, overwork, a lack of quality sleep, and poor nutrition.


This very foreign concept to Westerners is often ridiculed or made fun of, but the fact is that the Journal of Neuroimage reported a study out of the University of Michigan that found evidence that acupuncture affects the brain’s long-term ability to interpret and regulate pain.

This study found that 20 women who had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for more than a year and experienced pain at least 50 percent of their time had reduced pain levels after 8 acupuncture treatments, along with a PET scan of the brain showing an increased binding of pain receptors.

While acupuncture has been proven to be effective in managing some of the pain levels fibromyalgia patients suffer with, herbal medicine and nutrition have also been shown to work in combination with acupuncture.

Herbal Medicine and Nutrition

Doctors of TCM will often prescribe a mixture of herbs that will vary from person to person to help restore the flow of energy and blood. These herbs may be consumed as teas, capsules, or powders mixed with water.

Some of the more common TCM herbs include:

  • Red Yeast Rice
  • Ginger
  • Gotu Kola
  • Astragalus
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Ginseng
  • Cinnamon
  • Yu Xing Cao

Foods are thought to intervene and support the formation and flow of the two vital elements. Every food has an organ or meridian associated with it and all foods have a cool or warm nature associated with them.

Foods considered to be “warm” help to stimulate the functions of the body. Overconsumption of “warm” foods can overstimulate the body. The idea is to eat a balance of warm and cool foods.

Most practitioners of TCM seem to believe that fibromyalgia pain stems from overconsumption of warm foods that have overstimulated the body’s pain centers.

Chiropractic and Fibromyalgia

While chiropractic and TCM are not the same, they share a base of set beliefs in that a blockage of energy (chiropractors call this obstruction a subluxation, and they believe that this misalignment blocks nerve impulses) that causes health issues in the body.

Chiropractic and TCM are an excellent comprehensive way to treat the pain of fibromyalgia. Chiropractic and fibromyalgia are not on opposite ends of the spectrum. In fact, comprehensive chiropractic treatments have been proven to help stop the pain of fibromyalgia, especially pain in the neck, leg, and back.

If you are currently looking for alternatives to conventional Western medicine to help control your fibromyalgia symptoms, you would be wise to investigate Traditional Chinese Medicine and chiropractic.

If you are already seeing a chiropractor, ask for a recommendation for a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine in your area. You have nothing to lose but your pain.


Dr. Brent Wells, D.C. founder of Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab in Alaska

Dr. Brent Wells, D.C.

About the Author

Dr. Brent Wells, D.C. founded Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab in Alaska and has been a chiropractor for over 20 years. Beside chiropractic adjustment, his practice has treated different musculoskeletal and other health problems by offering massage therapy to Juneau patients.

Dr. Wells is also the author of over 700 online health articles that have been featured on sites such as Dr. Axe, Organic Facts, and Thrive Global. He is a proud member of the American Chiropractic Association and the American Academy of Spine Physicians. And he continues his education to remain active and updated in all studies related to neurology, physical rehab, biomechanics, spine conditions, brain injury, trauma, and more.


Acupuncture Myths and Misconceptions

Acupuncture Myths and Misconceptions

Acupuncture is an alternative form of medicine originating from ancient Chinese health practices. For over two thousand years, treatments have effectively alleviated pain and improved numerous types of health conditions.

This traditional Chinese method involves inserting extremely thin needles at strategic points in the body in order to restore blocked or disrupted pathways. The needles are designed to naturally fuel anatomic sites and help to bring your energy flow back to full functionality.

Acupuncture is especially recommended to treat the following symptoms:

·         chronic pain

·         stress/anxiety

·         mood swings

·         irregular

·         headaches and migraines

·         sleep deprivation

Even with acupuncture growing in popularity as an operative health treatment method, there are still a number of fallacies related to its technique and effectiveness.  To clarify, here are some myths related to acupuncture:

There is no real science behind acupuncture: MYTH

Because of its ancient, drug-free, non-invasive nature, acupuncture has often been categorized over the years as “folk medicine”. But for the past several decades, it has been widely accepted as an alternative medicine treatment option recommended by professional medical practitioners all over the world

Acupuncture hurts: MYTH

It’s fair to assume that any treatment involving needles will be painful; but in fact, acupuncture is known to be very relaxing. The needles are very thin and only sting slightly. If any discomfort is experienced in the beginning, it fades away just as quickly and leaves you feeling quite calm and peaceful.

It takes just a couple of treatments to heal: MYTH

Like any form of health therapy, the number of treatments will vary depending on the severity of the condition. Because so many patients feel instant relief after the first treatment, they believe it’s sufficient. In reality, one or two treatments alleviate the symptoms remedy the origin of the problem. It can sometimes take weekly appointments lasting several months to treat more acute, complex, or chronic conditions.

Acupuncture doesn’t attack the problem: MYTH

Acupuncture is not a Band-Aid treatment. In fact, acupuncture needles are meant to teach the body systems to heal themselves. The needles function in a way that stimulates crucial parts of the body to produce natural painkillers which reduce inflammation, improve digestive function, sleep apnea, and fight many serious illnesses. If the body heals itself, then no additional invasive treatment or pills are needed. Symptoms will alleviate as a result of a healthy, fully-functional body.

If you’re experiencing any of pain or chronic health problems, make an appointment with us today to determine whether acupuncture is the ideal course of treatment for you.

Tammy Lalonde Owner and Licensed Acupuncturist at Red Leaf Wellness

Tammy Lalonde, MSAOM BS Dipl.Ac LAc RAc Paramedic

About the Author

Tammy Lalonde is the Owner and Licensed Acupuncturist at Red Leaf Wellness in Edmonton, Alberta and has deep expertise in both ancient Eastern healing techniques as well as modern Western medicine.  She is also a Critical Care Paramedic.  Tammy earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Oriental Medicine from California’s prestigious South Baylo University and her diploma in Emergency Medical Technology (Paramedicine) from Augustana University.  She holds active licensure with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), the College of Acupuncture and Associates of Alberta (CAAA), the California Acupuncture Board and the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP).

Acupuncture for Back and Neck Pain

Acupuncture for Back and Neck Pain

Back, neck and muscular pain can be difficult and debilitating to experience. In fact, this type of pain often reduces a person’s quality of life and makes day-to-day activities harder due to immobility. Overall, 18.9% of adults over the age of 18 suffer from chronic pain (CP) with a number of people citing lower back pain as a main cause. One in ten Canadians also suffer from neck pain that creates limitations to their daily lives.

Causes of back and neck pain

Back pain in adults aged 20-60 is associated with several lumbar spine health conditions such as:

  • Lumbar disc herniation
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Isthmic spondylolisthesis

Not only can it be linked to muscular strain, physical trauma and other types of injuries, but also from all of the sitting that we do at the office and on our computers, in our cars and at the end of a long day. In many cases, with acupuncture treatment and the proper lifestyle coaching, half of those who experience back pain will heal within two weeks and approximately 90% of sufferers can also take measures to heal within 3 months.

Back pain in older populations (adults 60+) often relates to conditions such as:

  • Facet joint osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative spondylolisthesis

Other reasons why senior populations often face back pain are connected to age, repeated strain and physical trauma, to name a few examples.

Neck pain is often caused by trauma to the area, inflammation and repetitive stress on neck structures. Neck and shoulder pain are some of the most common forms of pain with at least 25% of people suffering from them in Canada. Car accidents, poor posture, and prolonged sedentary positions often contribute to neck pain. Lifestyle choices can also affect neck pain, such as stress and harsh work conditions that repeatedly strain the neck.

It’s also important to note that joint dysfunction in the cervical spine can limit mobility and result in both neck and back pain.

How acupuncture can help

Acupuncture works with a microsystem, a map of over 2000 points in the human body that connects to 20 meridians (pathways). By re-distributing Qi, the life energy force, acupuncture naturally releases opioid peptides, organic chemicals found within the brain, which create an analgesic effect that reduces pain. By stimulating the nervous system in this way, pain is not only remedied but the immune system is positively affected too. This induces healing right at the source.

Acupuncture also plays a positive role in the secretion of neurotransmitters and neurohormones that affect sensations like pain. Its therapeutic properties help to conduct electromagnetic signals to increase the flow of neurotransmitters which contribute to the analgesic effect.

Say goodbye to unnatural pharmaceutical medications and give your body the chance to truly heal in a natural way. If you are in Edmonton and surrounding areas, we will work with you to develop a detailed treatment plan in order to remedy your pain and increase your mobility.

If you’re ready to see a difference in your back and neck pain is just one session, book an appointment with us today. Rest up this holiday season and Happy New Year from Red Leaf Wellness!


Tammy Lalonde Owner and Licensed Acupuncturist at Red Leaf Wellness

Tammy Lalonde, MSAOM BS Dipl.Ac LAc RAc Paramedic

About the Author

Tammy Lalonde is the Owner and Licensed Acupuncturist at Red Leaf Wellness in Edmonton, Alberta and has deep expertise in both ancient Eastern healing techniques as well as modern Western medicine.  She is also a Critical Care Paramedic.  Tammy earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Oriental Medicine from California’s prestigious South Baylo University and her diploma in Emergency Medical Technology (Paramedicine) from Augustana University.  She holds active licensure with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), the College of Acupuncture and Associates of Alberta (CAAA), the California Acupuncture Board and the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP).


Acupuncture for Hormonal Imbalance

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Acupuncture for Hormonal Imbalance

Did you know that nearly 80% of women suffer from symptoms due to a hormonal imbalance and that men can also suffer from gradual hormonal imbalances as they age? The truth is, hormonal imbalances are often very difficult to deal with and are hard to detect. They tend to manifest themselves into various symptoms over time as the body develops and changes over the years.

In both cases, exposure to toxins, diet, lifestyle and more can make huge impacts on the progression of these imbalances in how they affect our mental health and whether they turn into future disease. Here is more about the causes and effects of hormonal imbalances and how acupuncture can play a helpful role as treatment.

Key Factors for Women

Both the causes and effects of hormonal imbalances are often intertwined with one another. While age, menopause and adrenal hormones are key factors, many other factors like prolonged stress, dieting, exposure to synthetic hormones (from birth control methods) and xenoestrogens (found in household, personal hygiene products and cosmetics) can also have an impact on hormonal imbalances.

Repeated exposure to these chemicals and stress on the body is enough to worsen hereditary problems or trigger new diseases as a response over time.

Some associated health conditions with hormonal imbalances include:

Fibromyalgia — affecting the soft tissue and musculoskeletal system

Digestive bowel disorders — referring to a host of disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Endometriosis — A pelvic pain condition where tissue gets caught outside of the uterus

PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

PMS/PMDD — Premenstrual symptoms that can range from mild to extremely severe

Adrenal Fatigue — Feelings of exhaustion and depletion

Thyroid issues – Including hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism (explained below)

Key Symptoms Women Face

Anxiety and depression




Excessive exhaustion during hormone changes

Weight gain

Insulin resistance

Increased risk of breast cance

Issues with ovulation (fertility)

… and much more.

Key Factors for Men

For men, aging is a key factor. A man can lose up to 14% of his testosterone for each decade he lives, which contributes to an imbalance. Some associated conditions related with hormonal imbalances in men include

Andropause — a form of menopause men experience as their testosterone levels decline

Adrenal fatigue — manifested stress over a prolonged period of time affects the production of the stress hormone cortisol, causing excessive exhaustion and feelings of depletion

Hypothyroidism — underactive thyroid glands that do not produce enough thyroid hormones to function that slows body metabolism

Hyperthyroidism — an overactive thyroid gland resulting in too many thyroid hormone levels (shown through an abnormally increased metabolism)

Key Symptoms Men Experience

The following symptoms that many men face are not part of the aging process but part of a greater hormonal imbalance that gradually presents itself.

Some problems include:

Low libido


Erectile dysfunction

Memory loss

Increased body fat

Depression and anxiety

Mood swings and irritability

Sleep problems (sleep apnea, night sweats, insomnia)

Heart palpitations

Constipation or increased bowel movements

… and more.

How Acupuncture Can Help

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, hormonal imbalances and their related conditions and symptoms, are connected to the functioning of the Liver. The Liver is responsible for metabolism and our emotions. When it isn’t functioning properly, it can throw the body out of balance and our hormones along with it.

Acupuncture has a regulating effect on the body. It removes excess heat caused from dilated blood vessels, thus reducing blood pressure. Liver detoxification in particular, is highly important in eliminating the factors that cause hormonal imbalances to regulate levels of estrogen and progesterone in women and declining rates of testosterone in men. Your acupuncturist will determine what exact treatment is needed for you. With a combination of acupuncture, the appropriate diet, the right amount of exercise, sleep and hydration you will see immediate changes in your body’s equilibrium as symptoms start to lessen, become manageable or disappear altogether!

Are you suffering from any of the health conditions or symptoms mentioned above? Please come in and see us for an appointment today!

All you Need to Know About Acupuncture and Liver Function

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All you Need to Know About Acupuncture and Liver Function

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the Liver is one of the most important organs. It controls the flow of life energy, also known as Qi, a vital substance that affects the physiological functions of the human organs and meridians. The Liver’s first priority is to keep your Qi moving smoothly. Below is an outline of the functions of the Liver and how to detect if your Liver is functioning optimally.

What can cause the Liver to become stagnant?

When the Liver is prevented from doing its job, the energy from the Liver (Liver Qi) becomes stagnant, which can cause problems that involve pain. Factors that can cause the Liver to become stagnant include:

  • Excessive mental exertion
  • Prolonged negative emotions (frustration, stress, anger, resentment etc.)
  • Emotional fluctuations
  • Women’s health issues (PMS, PMDD, hormonal problems)

The Liver regulates and stores Blood

The Liver regulates how much Blood is circulating in the body and stores Blood when we are resting or sleeping. It then releases it again once we start moving and doing physical activities. The idea is, the less Blood the Liver reserves, the more problems a person is likely to have, as you’ll essentially be ‘getting by’ on the limited supply of Blood in the Liver that is being stored.

The Liver regulates emotions

Another function of the Liver is regulating the free flow of Qi while using the Liver- Blood’s supply. Those who have Livers that function optimally and reserve enough Blood have the ability to bounce back from emotional problems much faster than those who have poor reserves and are able to find emotional harmony. However, people with poor reserves tend to feel exhausted by their problems, which prolong feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety, and pressure.

The Liver is integral to the menstrual cycle

For women, the Liver functions as a regulator of the menstrual cycle. How well a Liver is functioning is telling of her overall health and fertility. If Liver Qi is stagnated, there is often a Liver-Blood deficiency as well. This can create a host of symptoms like:

  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Crying spells
  • Propensity to outbursts of anger
  • Breast Distention (pressure or pain)
  • Cramps
  • Irregular, scanty, or no periods
  • Blurred vision and floaters
  • Dry hair and brittle nails
  • Insomnia, excessive dreaming

… and more.

The Liver regulates your digestive system

If you are suffering from digestive problems like ulcers, food sensitivities, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), or any other gastrointestinal conditions, there is a chance that your Liver is not functioning well. In fact, the first sign of Liver Qi Stagnation shows up as digestive problems.

Liver Qi allows digestive processes to carry out more smoothly. You will feel a difference when nutrients begin to absorb more readily into the Blood and is are carried from the intestines to the Liver, so you can say goodbye to irritability and exhaustion after eating!

How can acupuncture help?

Acupuncture addresses both situations of Liver Qi stagnation and Liver-Blood deficiencies. Points along the corresponding meridians release the stagnated areas allowing the Qi to move freely. This increases the overall blood flow in your body, which will improve your whole health and wellbeing.

Do any of these situations resonate with you? If you feel like your Liver function is waning and could use a little help, get in touch with us or set up an appointment so we can start the process of relieving your symptoms as soon as possible.












Acupuncture and Premenstrual Syndrome

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Acupuncture and Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual syndrome, known colloquially as PMS, is characterized by a set of symptoms that appear a week to 10 days before a menstrual cycle and usually fades within a few hours of menstrual flow. PMS can range from mild to severe: some women may only experience short-lived or minor symptoms while other women may experience more intense pain and emotion that make it difficult to function. The severity of PMS can also change from month to month. If PMS is affecting your life, here are some ways that acupuncture can help alleviate your symptoms.

Causes and Symptoms

To understand how acupuncture can help provide relief from the symptoms of PMS, it is important to understand what those symptoms are and where they come from. PMS is caused by rapid and unstable shifts in your hormone levels. These fluctuations can have any number of effects, including (but not limited to):

  • Bloating and upset stomach
  • Breast tenderness
  • Abdominal discomfort and cramping
  • Acne
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue and trouble sleeping
  • Diarrhea and constipation
  • Changes in appetite
  • Anxiety, irritability, depression and mood swings

How Can Acupuncture Help?

Acupuncture is a part of a holistic health care regime that includes a healthy diet and exercise.  In general, a diet rich in organic vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and fish can help reduce the symptoms of PMS. A small amount of cardiovascular exercise a day has also been shown to alleviate the symptoms of PMS.

Combined with a healthy diet and exercise, acupuncture is a strong form of alternative medicine for PMS relief. Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into specific points in the body to target the areas causing you pain or discomfort and to balance hormones.

The energy imbalance of PMS, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, is mainly the result of a Liver Qi stagnation. By targeting this stagnation, acupuncturists help to redistribute the flow of energy in the body to provide pain relief. Acupuncture has also been proven to have positive emotional and mental side effects, and can be used to treat the anxiety, irritability and depression that can accompany PMS.

Premenstrual Syndrome is a medical condition that affects a large number of women every menstrual cycle. The pain and discomfort cause by PMS may feel insurmountable, but with the right mixture of lifestyle changes and alternative therapy, you can overcome PMS and get back to living your regular life. For more information on the health benefits of acupuncture and the holistic health services we provide, contact us today at Red Leaf Wellness.

Acupuncture and Cancer Care

Acupuncture and Cancer Care

In modern Western medicine, a variety of cancer treatments are generally administered to remove cancer masses, shrink tumors and rid the body of cancer cells. However, while these treatments can be effective, it is difficult to detect any free cancer cells that could still exist in the body post-treatment. These leftover cells can strike back at any time – especially if the body is weak. Keeping your body strong and balanced with a supplementary treatment like acupuncture can help to eliminate these free cells and reduce the risk of the cancer coming back.

Healing the Body

While cancer treatments can be particularly effective, they are also extremely difficult mentally, physically and emotionally. They often cause significant damage, leaving the patient feeling weak and drained. Acupuncture helps to rebuild the patient’s immunity as well as decreasing the side effects of chemotherapy. Examples of issues that many cancer patients face post-treatment are: skin disorders, urinary problems, mental and emotional repercussions, phantom limb pain, lymphedema, blood disorders, infertility and chest and heart problems among others.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)’s View

Acupuncture has 20+ herbs that work in synergy with western medicine for cancer patients pre and post-surgery. In TCM, the concept of cancer care is time-based, and aims to act as quickly and effectively as possible. Eliminating the cancer cells in the shortest time, without compromising the individual’s quality of life is the true goal of acupuncture. Revitalizing the body allows for the remaining cancer cells to be inhibited to ensure that the remission stage is sustained.

A personalized acupuncture plan can be put into place in conjunction with any medication or cancer treatments that have been recommended by your doctor and oncologist. All information indicated in the patient portal, such as the type of cancer or any post-cancer symptoms, will be taken into consideration in the creation of your personalized plan.

Acupuncture as an allied treatment for cancer has been proven to increase immunity, decrease nausea and vomiting, lower stress levels, improve mood, relieve mental distress and balance the body – all of which affect the healing process greatly. Contact us today for more information on how it can help you.



Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue

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Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (or CFS) is characterized by the feeling of excessive fatigue that weighs a person down in their day-to-day life – regardless of how much sleep or rest they may get. It presents fatigue in various forms from physical pain to psychiatric conditions like depression, and this can affect a person’s overall quality of life.

CFS also presents immunologic disturbances as well, pointing to symptoms of allergies and rashes in many patients. Recent controlled studies also present documented abnormalities in endocrine function as being a consistent factor, such as the reduced production of the corticotrophin-releasing hormone in the hypothalamus.

Who does CFS affect most?

Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with CFS than men are.

The age group that suffers from CFS are generally between 25-45 years old – although childhood and middle age cases do exist.

How do symptoms present themselves?

Symptoms are sudden and often feel like an intensified version of the flu – but in fact, it’s your body’s reaction to acute stress. Unbearable exhaustion presents itself thereafter, leading into other symptoms like body aches, muscle tension, and tender lymph nodes. This later manifests into disturbed sleep, difficulty concentrating and depression.

How can acupuncture help?

In Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) there are various acupressure points that can relieve CFS symptoms. Even if you do not have a formal diagnosis, when you have a session with an acupuncturist, they will determine if you have one or more of the following deficiencies that are associated with CFS based on the symptoms you present them with and what they can observe. They deficiencies include:

  • Spleen Qi and Yang Deficiency – associated with a slow or weak heart rate, poor appetite, high acid production, bloating, and loose stools and diarrhea.
  • Liver Qi stagnation or disharmony in the Stomach – associated with physical and mental fatigue, chest tightness, frequent urination, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and bitter taste in the mouth.
  • Heart Qi or Blood/Yin Deficiency – associated with heart palpitations, irritability due to fatigue, disorientation, night sweats, hot flashes and insomnia.
  • Kidney Qi and Yang Deficiency – Lower back pain, weak knees, shortness of breath, impotence in men, irregular menses in women and feelings of cold.

All four of these deficiencies have overlapping symptoms that match the symptoms of CFS. Acupuncture seeks to relieve the areas of the body that are in need of rehabilitation to address the greater issue at hand. With a reduction in some of the more pressing symptoms, this makes room for you to progress into having the ability to manage all of your symptoms effectively.

If you’re experiencing a collection of any of these symptoms in excess, please contact us today to make an appointment.

The Benefits of Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia

The Benefits of Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that affects soft tissue, muscles, and nerves which is due to a glitch in the central nervous system in the body. Those suffering from fibromyalgia may experience a wide range of symptoms, from hypersensitivity, joint and muscle aches, back aches, headaches and trouble sleeping to irritable bowel syndrome, as well as fatigue and anxiety.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition and there is no simple cure, but acupuncture is an effective method for treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia and providing pain relief. Here are just a few of the benefits of acupuncture as a treatment option for fibromyalgia.

Target Your Problem Areas

Acupuncture works on specific pressure points to relieve tension in those areas. Every person who suffers from fibromyalgia is affected by it differently. Some people may experience pain in their neck and shoulders, while other people may have chronic lower back pain. Acupuncturists can adapt the placement and the amount of needle pressure based on your specific needs.

More conventional Western medicine offers more generalized treatment options that may not specifically target the source of your pain. Acupuncture is an alternative form of pain relief that caters to the unique symptoms of each patient.

Improve Your Mental State

Fibromyalgia is not only a physical condition; it has a mental impact as well. Fibromyalgia can cause anxiety, fatigue, difficultly concentrating, memory problems, and depression. Acupuncture recognizes the link between the body and the mind. The pressure from acupuncture needles releases endorphins into the bloodstream, which helps to stabilize your mood.

Acupuncture also unblocks energy pathways that help restore balance to the body and the mind. These mental benefits of acupuncture can help relieve the emotional impacts of fibromyalgia by relaxing the body and calming the mind, making it easier for you to sleep, concentrate, and maintain a positive energy level.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that can manifest itself in many ways. Conventional Western medicine is often ill-equipped to manage the diversity of symptoms brought on by fibromyalgia. If you’re looking for a more holistic approach to treating your fibromyalgia, book an appointment with us at Red Leaf Wellness and we’ll find the acupuncture routine that works best for you.