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Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a term used by some conventional practitioners to describe a condition inwhich the muscles, particularly of the back and shoulders are tense and very tender,particularly in certain defined areas called trigger points. Often a "knot" or area of very tensemuscle is located at a trigger point. Fibromyalgia is recognised to be more common inwomen and to be associated with emotional disharmony of one sort or another.

A patient with the symptoms of fibromyalgia may also suffer from the symptoms of otherfunctional conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), myalgic encephalomyelitis(ME), premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or recurrent headaches.

NSAIDS may be given to relieve the pain, and counselling or antidepressants may beconsidered to treat the emotional foundation of the condition. It is recognised that the triggerpoints may be relieved by corticosteroid injections, deep massage or acupuncture.

In Chinese medicine fibromyalgia represents Liver Qi and Blood Stagnation. There may be an underlying deficiency of Spleen Qi and/or Liver Blood.

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