Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Acupuncture

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a condition mostly affecting women between 20-50 years of age.

It is characterized by chronic, widespread, severe muscular aching, pain, and stiffness accompanied by insomnia, fatigue and depression. It is neither a rheumatic, inflammatory, progressive, or degenerative disorder.

In 1987, the American Medical Association (AMA) recognized FMS as a true illness and major cause of disability. 70-90% of FMS sufferers will also have one or more of the following: post-exertional malaise, sleep disturbances, headaches, either migraine or tension, swollen feet, numbness or tingling, difficulty thinking and concentrating, dizziness, sensitivity to stress, painful menstruation, and dry mouth. In terms of sleep disturbances, FMS sufferers are usually able to fall asleep but are not able to sleep soundly or wake up to early in the morning.

Because fibromyalgia involves a number of different symptoms, Western physicians try to treat this disorder by prescribing various drugs for each of these symptoms. For instance, antidepressants are commonly prescribed to treat sleep and mood, while non steroidal anti-inflammatories are prescribed for the pain. Unfortunately, not all patients tolerate antidepressants and even anti-inflammatories can have their own potential for side effects. Ironically, some of these side effects include many of the symptoms of FMS.

How can Chinese Medicine treat Fibromyalgia?

According to Chinese medical theory, most patients with FMS have a liver spleen disharmony. This means their liver Qi is stagnant and their spleen Qi is weak. Based on these core disease mechanisms, individual FMS sufferers may also have malnourishment of their sinews and vessels, damp heat, blood stasis, kidney yin and/or kidney yang deficiency. Because every patient with FMS has a slightly different Chinese medical pattern, each patient receives their own individualized treatment. This treatment mainly consists of the oral administration of Chinese herbal formulas which may be give as powdered or desiccated extracts. Depending on the practitioner and the patient’s individual pattern acupuncture and moxibution (heat therapy) will be applied.

In addition, practitioners will give nutritional and life style advice in order to treat the whole person and to eliminate the root of the condition.

Usually, the Chinese medical treatment of fibromyalgia lasts several month in its active phase, and this may be followed up by several month of taking Chinese herbs in pill or powder form preventively.

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After a car accident I had serious lower back pain and I couldn’t get any relief.  Lars  acupuncture treatment helped to relieve most of the pain in just a few visits.  I would highly recommend you see Lars if you are in pain!

– Mr. A. Bernhart, Victoria

I visited Lars twice, after 2 separate injuries. I had been very apprehensive to try acupuncture but I reached the point where nothing else was working. Lars is very gentle and explained everything. After each injury, one visit to Lars was all it took to eliminate the pain and get me moving again. Lars is a very talented healer and he’s definitely doing the work he’s meant to be doing.

– L.B., Victoria

I first visited Lars for acupuncture to help with my hot flashes. I was amazed with the rapid results.  Lars is a very caring and capable practitioner, whose dedication to his clients and their wellbeing is apparent in everything he does.  I highly recommend him.

– Marlene, Victoria

I was really having problems with my immune system and I felt like I was constantly sick. I’ve never been someone to take medicine but being sick all the time was just not working for me. So I decided to try another type of medicine and that’s when Lars talked to me about Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Lars told me that acupuncture would help my immune system to get back to full strength and also help my energy flow to get moving, therefore it would make me feel a lot lighter and more awake.I decided to give a try. Now I know that not only does it help my immune system but it makes my body feel happy and I have a lot more energy to get me through the day.

I highly recommend that you try acupuncture with Lars Fenske, he really knows what he’s doing and he loves his job.

– Atzii Hunsberger, Victoria

Ronski helped me to recover after I was hit by a van as a pedestrian and suffered major soft tissue damage to my back and ribcage, including significant bruising, pain and discomfort. He even came to my house to treat me initially as I could not drive to his office due to these injuries. I experienced virtually immediate relief of all my symptoms with each treatment which was quite impressive to say the least. Thanks in a large part to him I am expecting to make a speedy and full recovery.

As a naturopathic doctor for 17 years, I have had much opportunity to experience different kinds of body work and Ronski’s expertise in my opinion is second to none. I am very grateful for his healing help.

– Dr. Anke Zimmermann, BSc, ND, FCAH, Naturopathic Doctor,

Victoria, BC, Canada