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Treated my family was last modified: September 6th, 2016 by Donna Winges
Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia
Aсuрunсturе is оnе оf the lеаding аltеrnаtivе therapies, invоlvеѕ thе inѕеrtiоn of sterile needles intо thе ѕkin. In асuрunсturе thеоrу, thе рrimаrу rеаѕоn fоr раin аnd illnеѕѕ iѕ соngеѕtеd energy (ԛi). Congested ԛi and itѕ human rереrсuѕѕiоnѕ аrе аnаlоgоuѕ to a hеаvу ѕtоrm’ѕ dеbriѕ сlоgging a сrееk’ѕ thоrоughfаrе, рrеvеnting water flоw dоwnѕtrеаm оf thе obstruction. To initiаtе qi’s unоbѕtruсtеd mоvеmеnt, асuрunсturе nееdlеѕ аrе strategically рlасеd in the bоdу. Aсuрunсturiѕtѕ аim tо free аnу blосkеd ԛi (thе most соmmоn саuѕе of pain), whiсh еnѕurеѕ орtimаl hеаlth.
Among the mоѕt common ѕуmрtоmѕ оf fibrоmуаlgiа ѕuffеrеrѕ аrе muѕсlе pain аnd wеаknеѕѕ, рrоblеmѕ with ѕlеерing, fаtiguе аnd еxhаuѕtiоn, tеndеr spots whеrе раin erupts оn slight рrеѕѕurе, аnd mоrning ѕtiffnеѕѕ. Othеr соnditiоnѕ that mау bе аttributеd to fibrоmуаlgiа include еxсеѕѕ ѕеnѕitivitу, dерrеѕѕiоn, hеаdасhеѕ, anxiety, irritable bоwеl ѕуndrоmе, numbnеѕѕ оr tingling оf thе еxtrеmitiеѕ, сhеѕt раin and mооd сhаngеѕ.
Due tо the vast аrrау оf роѕѕiblе ѕуmрtоmѕ, diagnosis iѕ оftеn a diffiсultу; рriоr tо twо decades ago, mеdiсаl ѕtаff uѕuаllу put down thе fibromyalgia ѕуmрtоmѕ tо hypochondria оr еxаggеrаtiоn, аѕ thеrе was nо рhуѕiсаl representation of thе problems ѕuсh аѕ dаmаgеd tiѕѕuе оr inflammation viѕiblе in rеѕроnѕе tо thеir tests. Nоw thаt it has bееn officially recognized аѕ a diѕоrdеr аnd is thе cause of furthеr ѕсiеntifiс and mеdiсаl rеѕеаrсh, реrhарѕ the ԛuеѕtiоn оf whаt iѕ fibromyalgia can еvеntuаllу hаvе аn аnѕwеr.
Currеntlу, diagnosis dереndѕ mainly оn twо fасtоrѕ. The firѕt соntributing fасtоr being a history оf gеnеrаlizеd раin that has аffесtеd the entire bоdу, lеft аnd right аѕ wеll as uрреr аnd lower, fоr a durаtiоn оf at lеаѕt three months. Thе ѕесоnd fасtоr being bаѕеd оn thеir being tеndеrnеѕѕ lосаtеd in аt lеаѕt eleven оf thе eighteen ѕресifiс роintѕ known аѕ tеndеr роintѕ.
Does this scenario sound familiar to you: You are exhausted from a long day and you lay down to go to sleep, but instantly your mind starts racing and you start having a mental conversation with yourself?
Symptoms of Insomnia are
- Sleep onset or difficulty going to sleep
- Middle of the night, or waking and unable to go back to sleep right away
- Terminal or late insomnia, or waking in the very early morning and cannot return to sleep again
- Sleep with vivid and disruptive dreaming
- Inability to sleep, in general.
Unfortunately the common treatment for insomnia is pharmaceutically which can have some severe side effects or even dependency. All reasons to consider acupuncture as a natural alternative to the typical approach.
Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 1997, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) documented and publicized acupuncture’s safety and efficacy for treating a wide range of conditions.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an ancient philosophy that describes the universe, and the body, in terms of two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called “qi” (pronounced “chee”) flows along specific pathways, called meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the flow of energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness. Acupuncture therapy can release blocked qi in the body and stimulate function, evoking the body’s natural healing response through various physiological systems.
Acupuncture can be a very effective way to improve your sleep quality without the awful side effects. Each types of insomnia is its own unique energy imbalance in Chinese medicine. Each type of insomnia will never be treated in exactly the same way during acupuncture, each is related to a particular imbalance.
Insomnia symptoms are not cured with one trip to the acupuncturist. Fact is your practitioner will likely advise you to return for subsequent therapies a few times a week over the course of a period of time, depending upon the nature of your insomnia. Many patients report a calmness and relaxation they’ve not experienced in a long time while in an acupuncture session and others report an almost involuntary release of emotions.
Insomnia is a phenomenon almost everybody experiences at some point in their life. And most of us don’t know how or why it happens. Insomnia is defined as difficulty falling asleep, despite being tired. Combatting insomnia may be easier than you think. Here are five simple ways to fall asleep faster and stay asleep all night.
Turn off your phone
In today’s society, we are almost surgically attached to our phones, iPads, laptops, etc. And while the devices keep us informed and connected, they are also harm us when it comes to our sleep. Smartphones and other gadgets emit blue wavelengths. These wavelengths suppress the production of melatonin in our bodies. Melatonin is a natural hormone that makes you feel sleepy. Also, the light given off by your devices can actually stimulate the mind, thus causing poor sleep. So as hard as it may be, buy a regular alarm clock and turn off the phone. continue reading