On pages 101–102 of issue 12, 2009, of Xin Zhong Yi (New Chinese Medicine), Zhou Yi-chen and Wang Bi published an article titled “Treating Fibromyalgia Syndrome Via the Liver.” A summary of this article is presented below.
The main symptom of fibromyalgia syndrome is generalized body pain. Most sufferers of FMS are female. In addition to specific sites of pressure pain, other accompanying symptoms include insomnia, vexation and agitation, fatigue, lassitude of the spirit, low-grade fever, and menstrual irregularities. Based on the experience of the Chinese authors of this article, they believe that this condition should mainly be treated via the liver. This is also my own clinical experience. I have never been able to substantiate the presence of externally contracted evils in the case of FMS. (more…)
The NO/ONOO− cycle is a biochemical vicious cycle that is thought to cause such diseases as chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME), multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), fibromyalgia (FM), and possibly a large number of other chronic inflammatory diseases. The chemistry/biochemistry of the cycle predicts that the primary mechanism is local such the depending on where it is localized in the body, it may cause a variety of different diseases. Previous studies have shown that agents that lower such cycle elements as oxidative stress, nitric oxide, inflammatory responses, mitochondrial dysfunction, tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) depletion and NMDA activity produce clinical improvements in CFS/ME and FM patients, consistent with the predictions of the cycle mechanism. Multiagent protocols lowering several aspects of the cycle appear to be the most promising approaches to therapy. These include an entirely over-the-counter nutritional support protocol developed by the author in conjunction with the Allergy Research Group. However, such mulitagent protocols to date have not produced any substantial numbers of cures of these presumed NO/ONOO− cycle disease. Why is that? This paper argues that what is called the central couplet of the cycle, the reciprocal relation between peroxynitrite elevation and BH4 depletion, is not being adequately downregulated by these multiagent protocols. Ten agents/classes of agents are available, each of which downregulates one or the other end of this central couplet. It is suggested, then, that treatments that simultaneously effectively downregulate both ends to the central couplet, when used along with multiagent protocols lowering other aspects of the cycle and avoidance of stressors that otherwise upregulate the cycle, will lead to substantial numbers of cures of these chronic diseases. (more…)
B vitamins are essential to health. Your nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, mouth, muscles, gastrointestinal tract, and brain depend on them for proper functioning. They are coenzymes that are involved in energy production and are also useful for alleviation of depression and anxiety.
As we get older our ability to absorb B vitamins from our food declines. In some Alzheimer’s patients, it was found that the problem was due to a deficiency of vitamin B-12 plus vitamin B-complex in an accepted multivitamin. (more…)
Sixty-six patients (mean age, 29 years) with fibromyalgia were randomly assigned to participate in classic Yang-style tai chi or to a control group that received wellness education and underwent stretching exercises. Participants in both groups attended 60-minute sessions twice a week for 12 weeks. In the tai chi group, the mean score on the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire improved by 44%, as compared with a mean improvement of 14% in the control group (p = 0.001 for the difference in the change between groups). Significantly greater improvements were also seen in the tai chi group relative to the placebo group in both the physical and mental components of the Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36). The improvements were maintained at 24 weeks (12 weeks after the program had been discontinued).
Comment: Tai chi is a mind-body practice that combines meditation with slow, gentle movements, deep breathing, and relaxation. It is believed to have a positive influence on physical, psychosocial, emotional, and spiritual components of health. Fibromyalgia is a common, chronic condition that is frequently refractory to conventional therapy. The results of the present study indicate that practicing tai chi is beneficial for patients with fibromyalgia.
Wang C et al. A randomized trial of tai chi for fibromyalgia. N Engl J Med. 2010;363:743–754.
Here’s a great idea for the next Indiana Jones movie that could also help to save your life.
Indy is barreling through India, fighting his way from Calcutta to New Delhi, fending off poachers and thieves who are trying to rob him of a valuable golden powder that is reputed to have ancient healing powers.
Our hero manages to stash his treasure in an ancient recess deep in the Taj Mahal, only to have it discovered by tourists who think it is powdered gold.
After convincing them that the satchel contains poor man’s saffron, Indy delivers his treasure to a local medicine man who uses it to cure an entire village.
Seem far-fetched? Perhaps, but only the Indiana Jones part!
It turns out that there actually IS a golden spice that used to be considered a less expensive version of saffron, but is now heralded as “Indian gold,” due to its amazing proven healing powers for conditions such as arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and possibly even cancer. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3iMjyEZ3zA]
Fibromyalgia is a chronic ailment without a known cause and without a safe, effective conventional medical treatment. However, the three to six million Americans who suffer with fibromyalgia will be pleased to know that several studies published in leading medical journals have found outstanding results from homeopathic treatment.
Well-designed high quality scientific studies published in the British Medical Journal and in Rheumatology (the journal of the British Society for Rheumatology) have confirmed the real benefits of homeopathic medicines as distinct from a placebo. (more…)