Reuters.com has an interesting article on treating Fibromyalgia with Acupuncture. While this ancient Chinese practice has been proven effective to treat certain ailments, the results have been inconsistent with Fibromyalgia patients, thus making it an ineffective treatment.
Have you had acupuncture done? Has it helped you?
One of my old dear friends is an amazing Doctor of Chinese Medicine. When I became ill, he was committed to helping me as best as he could. He had put cancer patients into remission, and “cured” some of the most complicated illnesses on the planet, so he thought I would be an easy case to handle…. and he couldn’t have been more wrong!!
We worked for months together, and as time went on he became more and more frustrated at the way I was responding to acupuncture. We tried various herbal remedies, cupping, deep-set acupuncture needles, yoga… you name it, we tried it.! After about 8 months of solid treatments, I decided to stop going. I cannot on all honesty say that it didn’t help at ALL… but I cannot say it ‘cured’ me either…. I can tell you a few things about my experience with acupuncture:
– It wasn’t as scary as I originally thought it would be! I am needle PHOBIC!! Anyone who knows me knows that I am one tough cookie, but when it comes to needles I have an insane and irrational fear of them! Acupuncture needles are SUPER fine, and you hardly feel them, except for when they hit a trigger point, or they are inserted in areas that have clusters of nerves. I hated them being put in my hands and feet, but I wasn’t bothered by them being inserted into my head! Go figure!
– The treatment on a whole is VERY relaxing… I came to love my hour-long sessions! I always felt peaceful after treatment, and that feeling lasted for 24-48 hours.
– It released pain-killing chemicals in my body, which didn’t make the pain go away, but it DID help me feel more in control of my pain.
– I felt generally more balanced during the months I took part in this form of treatment, and I think that balance is crucial for us Chronics! 😉 Again, it didn’t eradicate my pain, but it was a component of sustaining what health I still had.
– I was in a really bad place emotionally when I was in acupuncture. Because I had such a close relationship with the doctor who administered treatment, I was able to discuss my feelings with him. He spoke to me at length about how my health wouldn’t change, and my body wouldn’t have a chance to recover until I did some emotional housework… and he was right. I often wonder if I were to try acupuncture again now if it would be more effective. I was in a very messy situation, and I was barely holding on emotionally at the time. I am in SO much of a better place now, so I have thought about trying this form of treatment again.
I believe in alternative forms of therapy to control pain and treat illnesses. I believe that conventional and holistic medicine can be beautifully balanced, and can actually enhance one another if you have a committed group of people working for the same goal…. getting you to the point where you are managing your pain effectively!!
Although I know that there isn’t a magic “cure” for us, I do believe that multi-faceted treatment can get us to a better place. If you aren’t looking for the magic cure, but you are looking to try something that can have you feeling balanced, and in turn that feeling can help you change your perception of pain, then I think acupuncture could be quite beneficial.
What are your feelings? I’d love to hear from you if you have experience with this ancient medical practice!!