Fibromyalgia is a poorly understood chronic syndrome characterized by a range of symptoms, including pain and fatigue. It is difficult to diagnose, and it most commonly affects women. Treatment options are limited, and medications for fibromyalgia may have limited efficacy and troubling side effects, such as drowsiness and weight gain. Fortunately, some studies have shown that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) modalities, such as acupuncture, may help alleviate symptoms of fibromyalgia.
According to a research review published in 2010, acupuncture for fibromyalgia--combined with cupping--may possibly be more effective than conventional medicine in decreasing fibromyalgia symptoms of pain and depression. Chinese herbal medicine may also be helpful in decreasing pain. Unlike conventional medication, TCM treatments did not appear to cause any adverse reactions.
There are a number of acupuncture physicians and clinics in the Ft. Lauderdale area, including:
Coral Springs: Dr. Hepsharat Amadi, M.D., L.Ac.
Davie: Temple Arts Fitness
Pembroke Pines: Blue Waters Holistic Center
Tamarac: Five Elements Wellness Center
In addition, The Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine offers low-cost treatments to the public in its intern clinic. The clinic is located in Ft. Lauderdale, and all treatments are supervised by an experienced acupuncture professional.
For a directory of licensed acupuncture and TCM practitioners, please visit the NCCAOM Certification Registry.
Note: Not all acupuncture physicians are educated to practice Chinese herbal medicine. If you are interested in this TCM modality, be sure to choose a practitioner that has been certified.