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Fibromyalgia Webinar

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Fibromyalgia is characterised by chronic widespread pain and allodynia (a heightened and painful response to pressure). The exact cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown but it is believed to involve psychological, genetic, neuro-biological and environmental factors. Fibromyalgia symptoms are not restricted to pain, leading to the use of the alternative term fibromyalgia syndrome for the condition. Other symptoms include debilitating fatigue, sleep disturbance, and joint stiffness. Some patients also report difficulty with swallowing, bowel and bladder abnormalities, numbness and tingling, and cognitive dysfunction. Fibromyalgia is frequently accompanied with psychiatric conditions such as depression and anxiety and stress-related disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Not all fibromyalgia patients experience all associated symptoms. Fibromyalgia is estimated to affect 2–4% of the population, with a female to male incidence ratio of approximately 9:1. The term "fibromyalgia" derives from new Latin, fibro-, meaning "fibrous tissues", Greek myo-, "muscle", and Greek algos-, "pain"; thus the term literally means "muscle and connective tissue pain".

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Fibromyalgia

Traditional Chinese medicine views pain, in terms of stagnation of qi energy and expressed in this famous Chinese saying: "Bu tong ze tong, tong ze bu tong" which means "free flow equals no pain, no free flow equals pain."

Pain is seen as a disharmony and particularly stagnation of the flow of Qi energy within the body. This disharmony of Qi that results in fibromyalgia is usually associated with disharmonies of the Liver, Spleen, Kidney and Heart Systems.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Treatment

Traditional Chinese medicine does not recognize fibromyalgia as one particular disease pattern. Instead, it aims to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each patient depending on their constitution, emotional state, location and intensity of their pain, digestive health, sleeping patterns and an array of other signs and symptoms. Therefore, if 10 people are treated with Traditional Chinese medicine for fibromyalgia, each of these 10 people will receive a unique, customized treatment with different acu points, different herbs and different lifestyle and dietary recommendations.

The symptoms of fibromyalgia are highly variable form one person to another, and therefore a wide array of traditional and complementary treatments has been shown to be the most effective way of treating this difficult syndrome. A treatment program may include a combination of psychological or behavioral therapies, medications, exercise, acupuncture, herbal medicine and bodywork.

Webinar Content

The Webinar includes material from both Western and Eastern perspectives. In addition to Traditional Chinese medicine being a general medical discipline  it is primarily complementary and part of an integrated approach to healthcare.

Western Medicine
Definition of Fibromyalgia
Incidence and Risk Factors
Signs and Tests

Traditional Chinese medicine
Pattern Identification, to include diagnosis, principal of treatment and prescription of acu points
Herbal Therapy (TCM)
Nutritional Therapy

Webinar: Fibromyalgia
Location: Online

Date: TBA (scan calendar)
Lenght: 60 minutes
Fee: €25
by PayPal (see cancellation policy)

Notes included
Places limited to 20 participants

Prerequisite: You do not need any trainimg in TCM or medicine to attend this webinar, however it will enhance your enjoyment and benefits, if you have some understanding of TCM theory and the meridian system, Eastern or holistic therapy.

Registration: You must register for a place by completing the online registration and submitting the total fee for the day. This is a limited enrolment program so please register early to ensure availability. Minimum enrolment is required to run this course.

Cancellation Policy: The fee is non refundable however cancellations received 24 hours before the webinar will have the full amount credited to your account. This refund is non transferable and can only be used towards our webinars.

Your Lecturer:

jamesJames O'Sullivan has a busy Chinese Medicine practice in Galway, Ireland.

James also lectures for a number of Acupuncture colleges, 5 VEC colleges around Ireland running the under graduate Tuina diploma course, as well as being a visiting lecturer to Beijing and ZheJiang universities in China.

He has completed 9 clinical internships in China.

He developed the first under graduate Diploma in Tuina in Ireland.

Many acupuncturists will know his fresh and hands on approach to TCM.

James trained with Hung Shui Chen in Taiwan, a Tuina master practitioner and a living legend in his lifetime.


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