Saturday, December 5, 2015

Most Common Diseases of Ages of 50 Plus - Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs): Fibromyalgia Treatments In Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective

Kyle J. Norton(Scholar)
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Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) is medical condition mostly caused by work related occupations and working environment, affecting patients’ muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves and developing over time. A community sample of 73 females and 32 males aged 85 and over underwent a standardised examination at home. Musculoskeletal pain was reported by 57% of those interviewed(1).


According to the American College of Rheumatology 1990 Criteria for the Classification of Fibromyalgia in the newly proposed criteria for the classification of fibromyalgia are 1) widespread pain in combination with 2) tenderness at 11 or more of the 18 specific tender point sites(a) as a result in responding to pressure.

The Treatment
C. In traditional Chinese medicine perspective
1. Acupuncture
In a study to test the hypothesis that acupuncture improves symptoms of fibromyalgia, researchers at the
Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, showed that acupuncture significantly improved symptoms of fibromyalgia. Symptomatic improvement was not restricted to pain relief and was most significant for fatigue and anxiety(39).
2. Combination of acupuncture and cupping therapy
A combination of acupuncture and cupping therapy was better than conventional medications for reducing pain (MD, -1.66; 95% CI, -2.14 to -1.19; p < 0.00001; I(2) = 0%), and for improving depression scores with related to FM (MD, -4.92; 95% CI, -6.49 to -3.34; p < 0.00001; I(2) = 32%). Other individual trials demonstrated positive effects of Chinese herbal medicine on pain reduction compared with conventional medications. There were no serious adverse effects reported that were related to TCM therapies in these trials, according to the study by The Centre for Evidence-Based Chinese Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine(40).
2. Chinese herbal formulas
In a study of differentiation of Two TCM practitioners conducted baseline TCM diagnostic examinations on 56 women with FM, found that three primary TCM diagnoses were found in the population: Qi and Blood Deficiency(46.4%, CI 33.0% to 60.36%), Qi and Blood Stagnation (26.8%, CI 15.8% to 40.3%), and Liver Qi Stagnation (19.6%, CI 10.2% to 32.4%). Other study showed that syndromes were found to be important in FS include : 1)liver-Qi-stagnation 2) Yin and blood deficiency of the liver, 3) Yang-weakness of the spleen and kidney, 4) Yin-weakness of the kidney(41).
Dr. Shen in the article of Chinese Herbs & Chinese Medicine for Fibromyalgia, suggested the below formula to relieve pain
bai shao – 20%, qin jiao – 10%, du huo – 10%, yan hu sou – 10%, yu jin – 10%, tao ren – 10%, hong hua – 10%, mu dan pi – 10%, da zao – 5%, gan cao – 5%,
Basic Pain Formula; Take 3-4 grams (scoops), 3 times a day mixed with liquid or food.
Preferably on an empty stomach. (Should not be taken by pregnant women)(42).

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