Acupuncture can be helpful in curing fibromyalgia patients if they are suffering from acute or chronic pain, or for patients facing surgery that are worried about anesthesia-induced nausea. Often TOM can be used effectively as adjunctive therapy, especially when treating fibromyalgia with TCM or Homeopathic Medication.
? carpal tunnel syndrome
? low back pain
? menstrual cramps
? myofascial pain
? stroke rehabilitation
? tennis elbow
During the first visit, the Acupuncturist will probably ask about the particular condition and symptoms. The fibromyalgia patient should take a list of all the medications prescribed to this point. For instance, the acupuncturist needs to know if the fibromyalgia patient is taking anticoagulants (blood-thinning drugs), as there is an increased chance of bleeding (although TCM generally does not draw blood). The patient also needs to let the practitioner know if they have a pacemaker or any other implanted medical device.
Do not eat an extremely heavy meal or drink alcohol right before or after the treatment.
Do not overexert before or after the treatment.
Try to arrange the schedule to get some rest after the treatment, especially early on in the treatment process, the body may feel very relaxed or even tired after the session.
Wear comfortable clothing.
Continue taking medications as directed by the physician, but make sure the Acupuncturist knows what they are.
Do not ask the advice of the Acupuncturist regarding medications, it is physician’s professional duty to oversee the intake of medications.
Do not take non-prescription drugs. Drugs, as well as alcohol abuse, will seriously interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment.
The average session may last from 20 minutes – 1 hour; and the first treatment may take a bit longer.
The number of treatments depends, of course, on your condition and how well the body responds. For chronic or complex problems, 2 – 3 sessions a week, for several months may be required. Some conditions require maintenance therapy, just as they do in Western medicine.
Acupuncture, practiced correctly, has almost no side effects. The original symptoms may seem to be aggravated after the first treatment, and there may be changes in appetite, sleep, bowel, or urination patterns. There may also be slight bleeding and bruising where the needles were inserted.
In the Next Section we look at the effects of Biofeedback in Fibromyalgia.