In November 1997, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggested that acupuncture could be an effective modality in treating fibromyalgia, not only by treating the pain and discomfort, but also by addressing the underlying problems that have caused the imbalance.
Fibromyalgia is the second most common rheumatic disorder, affecting approximately 8-10 million persons in the U.S., and is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and soft tissue tenderness at specific zones (trigger points) within the muscle. The diagnosis of fibromyalgia is further confirmed when 11 out of 18 specific points on the body are tender to pressure. Interestingly, some of these tender points closely correspond to the location of ancient acupuncture points. Other symptoms may include fatigue, muscle stiffness, sleep disturbance, and intestinal problems, all of which can be helped by acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can provide a safe alternative in the effective treatment of fibromyalgia. Along with the use of acupuncture, natural Chinese herbal formulas and dietary recommendations can also help to promote balance and health.