Autoimmune Disease – Fibromyalgia – Insomnia – Hypertension – Lyme Disease – Stress – Anxiety – Depression
There are approximately 50 million Americans living with an Autoimmune Disease. Some common forms of Autoimmune Disease are Lupus, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Crohn’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Celiac Disease, Graves Disease, Type 1 Diabetes and Addison’s Disease.
When facing any Autoimmune Disease conditions it is very important to have an effective treatment plan in place to assist in treating the root cause of your Autoimmune problem that keeps you active and healthy while living your daily lifestyle.
Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture are powerful and effective tools you can use when living with an Autoimmune condition. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can help strengthen your immune system, significantly reduce stress in your life that is brought on by your Autoimmune Disease, supports overall health and well-being and relieves many painful symptoms you may be experiencing.
There are many foods that are rich in antioxidants and bioflavonoids that have been found to reduce inflammation and improve painful symptoms associated with Autoimmune Diseases: Ginger, Green Tea, Apples, Fiber Rich Foods, Omega-3 Rich Foods, Cinnamon, Garlic, Berries and Turmeric
Fibromyalgia began to emerge as a consistent diagnosis in the late 1980’s and the beginning of the1990’s. Presently, about 400 million people suffer from Fibromyalgia worldwide and about five million in the US alone. Fibromyalgia is defined as widespread muscle pain. This condition affects women and girls eight times more than men. So, it’s considered a “female” disorder. However, its root problem is very poorly understood. The basic symptoms of Fibromyalgia are divided into three groups:
- Digestive issues, often related to “leaky gut” syndrome. Such as – bloating, indigestion, heartburn, loose stools, constipation, food sensitivities, and allergies. Many of these symptoms would be classified as irritable bowel syndrome.
- Chronic pains with pain often starting in the upper parts of the body. Such as – neck, shoulder, head, arms, etc. The pains eventually go down the body to the thoracic, lower back, hip, and leg area until it becomes an “all over” body condition. The pains are typically constant and generally increase with time. Most patients complain of constant, chronic pain at an average of six – eight points out of a ten point scale.
- Fatigue, insomnia, and psychological problems like depression and anxiety. These symptoms are usually resulting from prolonged poor sleep, weak immune system functions, and use of certain medications.
Fibromyalgia patients are often also known as chronic fatigue patients.
Western Medicine has not established either the root cause or any particular tests, except for sore pressure points found in patients with Fibromyalgia. Therefore, the treatments that follow are usually only symptom relief in nature. Patients with fibromyalgia are often prescribed medication for digestive issues, Benzodiazepine, Lunesta, Xanax, or other drugs for sleep. Wellbutrin, Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, Cymbalta, and other SSRI’s are also prescribed for depression, anxiety, and pain. Neurontin or Gabapentin is also used for chronic pain. Powerful narcotic pain killers like Vicodin, Percocet, Percodan, and other opiates are often prescribed as well. Additionally, many patients will take over the counter NSAID’s like Motrin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Tylenol, etc.
At the end, none of these treatments work effectively because they do not address the root problem of this condition.
Fibromyalgia- Treating The Root Cause.
As I explained in the previous article, there are no effective medications for Fibromyalgia in Western Medicine. Western M.D.’s are more focused on treating the symptom than the root cause. Being trained as a Western M.D. and a Doctor of Oriental Medicine I became gradually aware of what may be the root cause of Fibromyalgia.
My medical experience extends over 33 years and treatment of over 45,000 patients. Back in Europe, in the 1980’s, I met some Fibromyalgia patients. There was no actual diagnosis for patients who had this chronic condition.
Once I arrived in the United States in 1987 and opened my practice in 1990, I started seeing quite a few Fibromyalgia patients, 90% of them women.
The treatments for these patients are the same now as they were 25 years ago. Most of the patients were branded “psycho sematic” or “mentally disturbed” and sent to psychologists. I started treating the patients with Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Most of them responded well to my treatments although M.D.’s still did not know what the root cause was. After treating more than 5,000 cases of Fibromyalgia, executing lengthy studies, and observations; I came to a few conclusions:
- Of women with Fibromyalgia, 85-90% started their symptoms after being infected by E.B.V. (Epstein-bar Virus) which causes Mononucleosis. Their ongoing symptoms of chronic pain, insomnia, fatigue, and digestive issues resembled the symptoms associated with Chronic Mononucleosis. I’ve tested thousands of patients for E.B.V., 90% of which came back positive. I concluded that Fibromyalgia may be a chronic viral infection. Other viruses from the Herpes Family, such as Cytomegalovirus, frequently tested positive. Some of the patients’ immune systems were often very weak. My initial focus was to build the immune system, improve sleep, and decrease the pain. This is what I achieved for 97% of them.
- Many Fibromyalgia patients may also start having digestive issues, often going back to childhood. It is important to improve their digestive tracts, analyzing food sensitivities and/or allergies is the first step to doing so. In our office, we use the FIT (Food Inflammation Test) which breaks down the types of food causing inflammatory responses in particular patients. Eliminating certain types of foods improves their digestive system and even pain very quickly.
- Since poor sleep is not only a symptom of Fibromyalgia but also a cause, addressing sleep is a very important part of treating the root cause of the condition. Prolonged use of sleeping drugs such as Ambien, Xanax, and others never improves sleep long term. Treating adrenal gland weakness as part of Fibromyalgia symptomatology by lowering cortisol and adrenalin levels is the best way to improve sleep and relax the body. It also helps in decreasing anxiety and depression without the use of medications.
- Last but not least is the treatment of Chronic Fibromyalgia pain. Because Fibromyalgia (pain in the muscle fibers) is an inflammatory disease, one needs to work on reducing inflammation in the body. This will not be accomplished by using Ibuprofen or Tylenol. Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, dietary changes, mild exercise, and relaxation techniques are all very effective in gradual pain reduction. Once the inflammation is gone, the pain is gone as well.
In summary, millions of Americans can be helped long-term with their Fibromyalgia by treating the root cause, not the symptoms. Like many chronic diseases, Fibromyalgia is correctable through good natural medical treatments, lifestyle changes, and patient cooperation. The process of healing takes an average of 5-6 months and is well worth it.
Insomnia affects approximately 60 million Americans each year. It is imperative to get a good nights rest. Your body depends on sleep and rest to function properly. While you sleep your body is repairing itself and rebuilding strength. Much of your immune systems strength and defense properties depend on sleep recovery. Your body needs to recover to function properly throughout the day. Lack of sleep can lead to stress, anxiety, depression, overeating, immune system suppression, loss of energy, lack of focus and weakened defense mechanisms within your body that regularly fight viruses and illness.
A common approach to treating Insomnia is prescription sleeping medications that can cause side effects and pill dependency. Fortunately, Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture offer a very effective and all-natural way of treating your Insomnia condition. Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture have no side effects and can work to improve your sleep and strengthen your immune system.
Some quick and easy tips to improve your sleep include:
- Regular Exercise- not right before bedtime
- Limit caffeine, alcohol and nicotine intake
- Avoid eating large meals before bed
- Designate time to relax and unwind before bedtime
Hypertension affects more than one in three Americans, most people may not even know they have it. Hypertension can lead to heart attacks and life-threatening health problems and it’s extremely important to take action now to lower your risk.
More than 90% of cases of high blood pressure are known as essential hypertension and have no identifiable cause. Secondary hypertension is caused by underlying conditions such as kidney disease or medication side effects.
Hypertension is often called the “silent killer” and usually does not cause symptoms until it gets severe enough to lead to major problems with your health. Awareness and prevention is key.
Effective prevention techniques include Acupuncture, a healthy diet full of leafy greens and nutritional foods, plenty of water intake, daily light exercise or aerobics, getting plenty of rest, reduce salts and fats in your diet, eat more fresh fruits and avoid smoking and over consumption of alcohol and coffee.
LymeLight Foundation reports:
- Lyme disease is a world-wide infectious disease and has been reported in all 50 states.
- Lyme disease is transmitted through a bite from an infected deer tick. These ticks, often the size of a poppy seed, can leave an undetectable bite.
- Fewer than 50% of people infected get the bull’s eye rash. Some develop flu-like symptoms a week or so after becoming infected, however, many people are asymptomatic but can develop Lyme symptoms months, years or decades later.
Common Symptoms includes: fatigue, neck stiffness or pain, jaw discomfort, muscle pain, joint aches like arthritis- typically in the knees, swollen glands, memory loss, cognitive confusion, vision problems, digestive issues, headaches, and fainting.
The Lyme spirochete bacteria is hard to detect and hard to kill. Lyme disease is growing at epidemic proportions in the United States.
It is called the great imitator; looking like many other health problems (Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Bells Palsy, ADD, MS and Lupus).
The medical community is divided over the diagnosis and treatment guidelines. Health insurance often doesn’t cover the treatment for Chronic Lyme disease.
The standard and most commonly prescribed for diagnosing Lyme test is the ELISA test. This test, often not sensitive enough to detect Lyme, can produce a false negative. The more sensitive test is called the IgG and IgM Western Blots test.
Each year 300,000 Americans are infected with Lyme Disease.
Lyme disease can disguise itself as other illnesses that have similar symptoms within your body and it is imperative to receive proper diagnosis and treatment immediately. Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture offer effective treatments in treating Lyme Disease and Lyme-like symptoms. Oriental Medicine is excellent at strengthening your immune system and bodily functions as well as is excellent at treating the root cause of your Lyme Disease symptoms.
There are many preventative measures you can take to protect you and your loved ones from this debilitating disease while venturing outdoors this summer.
Be sure to avoid heavily wooded and high grassy areas and always walk in the center of trails.
Be sure to shower within 2 hours after being outdoors in wooded areas.
Treat your clothes with a safe EPA registered tick repellent that decreases your chances of getting bit by a tick.
Ticks can catch a ride home with your pets- a thorough tick check of your pets is a great preventative measure.
And remember always pair up when involved in outdoor activities, it’s much easier to do a buddy system tick check to better prevent ticks from attaching themselves to you.
Be tick smart and be one less victim of Lyme Disease.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorder in the U.S. Each year Anxiety affects 40 million adults.
Depression affects approximately 121 million people worldwide and can be debilitating for many that experience depression.
Stress affects more than 115 Million people in the U.S. with some it can be a serious condition that requires treatment.
Anxiety, stress, and depression can greatly impact an individuals life- many families, loved ones and friends may not even know that it is going on with some one who is close to them. Anxiety, stress, and depression can impact your overall health, well-being and attitude. They can effect your energy levels, focus, thinking process, work productivity and way of life. If you or someone you know experiences severe symptoms related to anxiety, stress, and depression it is important to get involved in effective care and treatment as soon as possible.
Many drugs that are prescribed for anxiety, stress and depression conditions come with many side effects, some harmful. Use of these drugs only manage the symptoms and disorder. They do not treat or get to the root cause of the disorder.
Acupuncture is a great way to reduce stress, expel anxiety and treat depression. The relaxing and all natural treatments of Acupuncture release endorphins and deliver oxygen flow and vital nutrients to areas of your body to heal inflammation and stagnation that can lead to stress.