Chinese Medicine has been treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia long before their was a western diagnosis. The label fibromyalgia states the obvious – pain the in muscle fibers. The one thing acupuncture does well is treat the subjective experience directly, even if the underlying mechanism is not fully understood. How is this possible? Acupuncture increases the production of endogenous endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers), increases circulation and reduces inflammation. On a deeper level this treatment induces relaxation in the body and mind.
Research has shown that acupuncture does benefit those suffering from Fibromyalgia:
Improvement in Fibromyalgia Symptoms With Acupuncture: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial
Nutritionally, some studies have shown that supplementing with high quality B vitamins (especially B12, methylcobalamin) can help reduce neuropathic pain and fatigue as well. Deficiency in B12 can sometimes be the cause for nerve damage and dysfunction.
Malic acid (1200-2400 mg/day) and magnesium (300-400mg/day) in combination have also proven to be beneficial.
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