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Tinnitus

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What is it?:
Tinnitus is defined as the perception of sound which may be perceived as ringing, roaring, buzzing, humming, clicking, or hissing. Tinnitus is a common symptom and can occur in almost any ear disorder as well as in reaction to Aspirin or antibiotics. Generally tinnitus comes and goes. In more chronic cases there are treatment options but as of yet there is no cure. This can be an annoying condition, but is usually not serious.
Symptom categories:
Tinnitus is generally viewed as a symptom as opposed to a condition. Consulting with an Audiologist, and being aware of any medications or potential other triggers will give you ideas for how to treat this issue.
What can Traditional Chinese Medicine do to treat this?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can treat tinnitus and, dependent on the presentation, will address it as either the result of a trauma of some sort or a deficiency in the body. TCM can address tinnitus by:
– Improving circulation in the case of a trauma
– Strengthening your organs and immune system in the case of a deficiency
What can I do?
  1. Reduce excessive noise exposure. Turn down the radio and TV, avoid noisy places and machines, etc.
  2. Alcoholic consumption, as well as smoking, and drinking coffee may aggravate the condition. TCM can also help to control if not neutralize cravings for nicotine and alcohol.
  3. Cut down on your salt intake as this may increase fluid build up in the ears.
  4. Breathing exercises. I would want to know at least some of your symptoms first before prescribing a specific qi gong exercise but I believe it will help. Contact me at invigorating.qi@gmail.com for more information. Meditation in general should also help.
  5. Regular exercise, which will help with your circulation, may improve the symptoms.
  6. If it is a problem getting to sleep playing soothing music can help.
  7. Ginkgo Biloba, given some time to build up, has been shown to reduce symptoms. Melatonin has also had some positive results.
  8. Vitamins A, B3, and B12, as well as zinc and copper have all been shown to have positive results in certain individuals.
  1. Identify if there is are any specific that triggers which aggravate the tinnitus and eliminate them.
Aside from an acupuncturist who can I talk to?:
      1. If this is a persistent issue an audiologist would be the first person to consult with.
      2. A hypnotherapist may be able to mitigate or remove the perception of sound.
      1. If exercise helps then a personal trainer would be a step in the right direction.
      1. A nutritionist to help with the proper dosage and types of vitamins.
      2. If you suspect that this is an issue with medication make sure you have taken the proper amount and contact your doctor.
Some Notes:
I want to state again that this is generally not a serious condition, however it would be prudent to make sure this is not a reaction to medication. I have personally worked with a few serious auditory issues and am quite confident in my abilities to treat this issue. I will state, however, that persistent problems should, at the very least, be brought to the attention of an audiologist for proper biomedical diagnosis.
References:
Disease Prevention and Treatment Expanded Third Edition from Life Extension Foundation.
Feel free to call or e-mail me at any time to set up an appointment, ask for a consultation, or request a referral.
  • Erik Jackson, L.Ac

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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What is it?:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition of debilitating fatigue with symptoms persisting for at least six months. CFS is often associated with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Fibromyalgia, which I spoke about earlier, but symptoms do not necessarily worsen upon exertion, nor is there necessarily broad scale pain. As these three conditions often overlap with each other, and none of them are very well defined, clear diagnosis is hard to come by at this time.
CFS is defined as unexplained, persistent, fatigue, lasting for at least six months which is not the result of ongoing exertion. This fatigue is not alleviated by rest, and negatively affects the level of one’s activity in several aspects of one’s life.
CFS is diagnosed by the concurrence of four or more of the following criteria:
– substantial impairment of short term memory.
– recurring sore throat
– tender lymph nodes on the neck or armpit
– muscular pain
– multi-joint pain without swelling or redness
– headaches of a new type, pattern, or severity
– unrefreshing sleep
extreme, prolonged exhaustion and sickness, following physical or mental activity, lasting more than 24 hours.
Other symptoms include
– sensitivity to odor, noise, bright lights, medications, and various foods
– irritable bowel
– psychological issues,
– chills and night sweats
– visual disturbances
– dizziness/balance problems
– fainting.
It is important to note that symptoms of CFS can mimic a post viral state and as such chronic viral infections have been thought to contribute to CFS in some cases. Tests for Herpes, Epstein-Barr Virus, and cytomegalovirus antibodies are all recommended.
CFS may also be linked to an impaired immune function, specifically in regards to a decreased function of the white blood cells.
Chronic Fatigue, which is not the same as the idiopathic condition of CFS but does have similar symptoms, is linked to a variety of conditions including
Preexisting conditions such as:
– diabetes
– heart disease
– lung disease
– rheumatoid arthritis
– chronic inflammation or pain
– cancer
– liver disease
– Multiple Sclerosis
Use of :
– anti hypertensives
– anti-inflammatory agents
– birth control pills
– antihistamines
– corticosteroids
– tranquilizers and sedatives
Other conditions:
– depression
– stress
– low adrenal function
– impaired liver function
– environmental illness
– chronic infections (candida most likely)
– food allergies
– hypothyroidism
– hypoglycemia
– anemia
– nutritional deficiencies
– sleep disturbances
– low blood pressure
For the sake of clarity, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition in and of itself. Chronic Fatigue (CF) is a condition resulting from a preexisting condition. CFS is a condition, CF is a symptom.
What can Traditional Chinese Medicine do to treat this?
While a diagnosis will need to be established to differentiate the condition as either CFS or CF, the treatment goals will largely be the same.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help to:
  • build up energy levels
  • help one to have better quality and quantity of sleep
  • address any muscle pain or inflammation
  • address headaches
  • improve normal homeostasis
  • build up the immune system
  • in the case of a known cause TCM can treat the underlying condition.
What can I do?
Different presenting symptoms or causative factors will result in different treatment modalities. Consulting with your health care provider is important to achieve your desired results. There are, however, some general things you can do.
  1. Vitamin C, blueberries, green tea, and other anti-oxidants will help to remove free radicals which can cause cellular damage and exacerbate existing issues. Glutathione will also help and specifically targets pollutants in the brain.
  1. Ginseng tea with royal jelly (a type of honey) is good for quick energy.
  1. Gentle daily exercise such as tai chi, qi gong, therapeutic yoga, and swimming will ease sore muscles.
  1. Small circle of Heaven Qigong (10 minutes, 2x per day) will help your energy and stress levels. E-mail me at: invigorating.qi@gmail.com with the title heading “Small Circle” and I will be happy to spell out the exercise for you and direct you to other qigong books which may be useful. There are other breathing exercises that may target your issues more specifically, which I can tell you about once I do a consultation.
  1. If you notice that you have become sensitive to various foods, chemicals, etc., avoid them, or rotate them in your diet (one day on, 4 days off). If this is an issue with certain medications consult with your doctor. You may have to be very particular about this (was it the wheat in the spaghetti or was it the oregano, or the cheese, or something in the tomato sauce…).
  1. CFS is more common in women than in men. I suspect this may be due to the use of contraceptives and cosmetic products. Paying attention to your cycle will eliminate the need for chemical contraceptive use and there are other methods as well. You can also look at the website: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ to see what is in your cosmetic products and find safer alternatives.
  1. Take Magnesium supplements. This is apart from any you may be getting in a multivitamin. There are a variety of Magnesium supplements and some types may work better than others for a particular individual, though Magnesium Citrate works for most. As long as you are not having loose stools you can continue to increase the dosage of Magnesium. This will help with energy levels and pain management. It also works on people who are constipated. Do be warned that since it loosens the stool and lowers blood pressure this could have adverse effects if you have either bowel issues or low blood pressure as these symptoms may be part of a CFS condition.
  1. If a viral infection is suspected as the cause then bilberry extract, currcumin, carotenoids, and chlorophylls can help to suppress the effects of the virus.
  1. Eliminate poultry from your diet if you are sleeping for a long time. Tryptophan, which is part of the amino acid make up of chicken meat, is known to induce sleep.
  1. Licorice may suppress viral infection and support adrenal function.
  1. Consider adding more protein to your diet. Various beans would be a good start.
Aside from an acupuncturist who can I talk to?:
  1. Someone who can do the proper blood testing. Getting adrenal function, thyroid function, white blood cell count, and testing for viruses would be useful for determining if there is a cause.
  1. Someone who can do the proper food and chemical testing. I recommend http://www.ehcd.com/, they can also take care of the blood testing.
  1. A good nutritionist will help you get the most energy out of your diet.
  1. Someone to help with low impact exercise. A therapeutic yoga instructor, qigong practitioner, tai chi instructor, or a good personal fitness instructor would be a step in the right direction.
  1. If there are psychological components to your presentation then a counselor, hypnotherapist, or psychologist would be a good person to find.
  1. For muscular pain, finding a massage therapist may be a good idea.
Some notes:
First and foremost please remember that, while I am a talented practitioner of TCM I cannot offer a western medical diagnosis on this condition and recommend that you see an MD for the proper blood work.
Secondly, please note that some MDs believe this condition to have a genetic predisposition. Realize that a genetic predisposition means that, while it may be easier for you to develop this condition it will only occur if something triggers it. Beyond this if the trigger is removed the condition may be reversed or mitigated. There are many things beyond genetics that you share with your parents. Your eating habits, living environment, hobbies, etc. may all contribute to a variety of conditions that some would simply write off as ‘genetic predisposition’. Is it really your shared genes that brought about the same condition that your mother or father had, or could the condition have occurred because your lifestyles are very similar? Your genetics may give you certain traits or tendencies, but your choices are what determine who you are and play a larger role in your health than your genetics.
Finally, there are some who believe this to be a psycho-somatic illness. While I can see how certain extreme stresses, or a major depression disorder, could cause CF or CFS, it is my opinion that symptoms like this do not appear and persist without something that facilities the condition’s ability to linger. If you catch a respiratory infection, you may get sick, but it will go away. If you have an impaired immune system, poor diet, and live in a place with a lot of pollutants, damp air, and high exposure to pollen… well then you may get and stay sick, but it isn’t hard to figure out why that is. Look for causes of disease, find the source, then mitigate or eliminate them.
References:
Disease Prevention and Treatment Expanded Third Edition from Life Extension Foundation.
Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Revised 2nd Edition
Feel free to call or e-mail me at any time to set up an appointment, ask for a consultation, or request a referral.
    – Erik O. Jackson L.Ac.
When you are tired I will help you carry on.

Stress/Anxiety

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What is it?:
Stress is a psychological and physical response to the demands of daily life that exceed a person’s ability to cope successfully.
Anxiety disorders are conditions that cause a person to feel frightened and apprehensive for no apparent reason.
Stress or anxiety that are not resolved can lead to a variety of psycho-emotional conditions as well as a number of adverse physical changes. These two conditions are the most common mental disorders in the US.
There are five types of anxiety disorders:
Panic disorder– with panic attacks, symptoms include heart palpitations, sweating palms, chest pains, shortness of breath, and terror.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder– symptoms including anxious thoughts and uncontrollable ritualistic behavior.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder– this is a severe anxiety which is linked to a traumatic life event
Phobias– irrational fears of specific situations or things
Generalized Anxiety Disorder – Imagine all the little worries in your life about paying bills, your health, family issues, your job, etc. Crank up the worry by about a factor of 10, and it never goes away.  This is excessive worry over issues in day to day life.
Symptom categories:
While the mental component is certainly the root issue, there are some common areas that are effected.
Respiratory issues
Digestive issues
Gynecological issues
Fertility issues
Lowered immune response
What can Traditional Chinese Medicine do to treat this?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can work on many of these categories of symptoms to address the over arching issue but specifics will have to be established on individual cases. However TCM can:
Improve your respiration
Restore homeostasis for immune response and other symptoms
Improve digestion
What can I do?
  1. Breathing exercises. I would want to know at least some of your symptoms first before prescribing a specific qi gong exercise but I believe this modality will help. The practice of consciously doing something that your body does automatically is theorized to carry over into other areas. Thus, by consciously directing your breathing, which is something your body does automatically, you can learn to control your emotions, which also happen automatically. Contact me at invigorating.qi@gmail.com for more information. Meditation in general should help.
  1. Take Omega 3 fish oil. There are elements in the bio chemistry of this product that act as regulating agents on the nervous system.
  1. Oxygen therapy may be a route to explore.
  1. Limit your exposures to chemicals and pollutants. While many of us have to live with oil and natural gas and other toxins/pollutants there are some we can avoid. Panic disorders are twice as likely to occur in women than in men, and it is my opinion that this statistic is linked at least in part to the amount and type of cosmetics that are used. Make up and lipstick tend to have heavy metals in them and the chemicals in the various hair dyes and bleaches are not healthy either. The olfactory nerve is the only nerve in the body that is exposed. When you inhale something the information goes into the brain and travels past the centers for pain recognition, emotional response, and memory. The chemicals of the cosmetic products, which a person would smell as they are applying them, travel up this path. For ideas on safer alternatives please see this link: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
  1. Vitamin C, blueberries, green tea, and other anti oxidants will help to remove free radicals which can cause cellular damage and exacerbate existing issues.
  1. Glutathione will help to improve mental clarity and Magnesium will also be helpful in conjunction with Omega 3 fish oil for calming the nervous system.
  1. Eat healthy. A good diet will make you more tolerant of stress.
  1. Exercise and or sauna. If there is a chemical component that is either causing this or keeping it from resolving, sweating will help to remove it.
  1. Identify if there is anything specific that cases you undesired stress. Work to adapt to or avoid these issues.
Aside from an acupuncturist who can I talk to?:
      1. A psychologist, counselor, hypnotherapist, or psychiatrist would be a step in the right direction for addressing any behavioral aspects of this condition. An energy worker may also be a good idea.
      1. Someone who does therapeutic yoga/exercise. If they are a personal trainer and have access to a sauna or a steam room all the better.
      1. A nutritionist to help with getting a healthy diet.
      1. A reflexologist. While it is possible that you may need allergy testing for various foods and chemicals, if you are not that severe you may just need a ballpark idea of what you can and cannot expose yourself to.  A reflexologist can teach you how to do muscle testing on foods and chemicals so you can determine what that ballpark area is.
Some Notes:
First and foremost please remember that, while I am a talented practitioner of TCM, I still recommend that you see a psychologist or counselor before consulting with me.
Secondly, please note that some doctors believe this condition to have a genetic predisposition. Realize that a genetic predisposition means that, while it may be easier for you to develop this condition it will only occur if something triggers it. Beyond this if the trigger is removed the condition may be reversed or mitigated. When people talk about genetics they believe that is the end all, it is not. Think of it like this, Native Americans are genetically predisposed to become alcoholics. If a Native American never touches alcohol they still have the predisposition, but are not an alcoholic.  If they did drink heavily for awhile and have now stopped and been sober ever since, they have removed the mitigating factor and no longer have all the symptoms that an alcoholic would have. Your genetics may give you certain traits or tendencies, but your choices are what determine who you are and play a larger role in your health than your genetics.
To make a further point, if you and your parents live in the same environment, eat the same foods, have the same activities, do the same job, and share the same genetics, well how many variables are there besides genetics?
References:
Disease Prevention and Treatment Expanded Third Edition from Life Extension Foundation.

Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia
What is it:
Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a condition associated with severe muscle pain and a variety of other disorders. Roughly 70% of all FMS patients meet the diagnostic criteria for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, however the difference between these two conditions is the presence of musculo-skeletal pain in FMS.
As of 2010 the diagnostic criteria for FMS is met if:
  • There is a widespread pain index (WPI) score of greater than or equal to 7 and a symptom severity (SS) scale score of greater than or equal to 5 OR a WPI score between 3 and 6 and a SS score of 9 or greater
  • The symptoms have been present at a similar level for at least 3 months
  • There is no other disorder present in the patient that would explain these symptoms.
A WPI score is determined by if a person has felt pain in particular areas within the past week. For each of the areas that a positive answer is obtained a point is awarded. There are a total of nineteen areas.
The symptom severity scale score is the sum of the severity on a chart scored 0-3 of the symptoms of fatigue, unrefreshing sleep, and cognitive symptoms (each of these symptoms will have their own number) as well as the extent of various somatic symptoms. The highest score one can get is 12.
These criteria were set forth by The American College of Rheumatology and were accepted in February 2010.
Prior to 2010, the criteria established in 1990 was such that there must be pain in both sides of the body above and below the waist as well as along the axial skeleton. There would also need to be pain present in at least 11 of the 18 points as illustrated below.

Symptoms:
Beyond musculo-skeletal pain, the symptoms of FMS include
Fatigue
Insomnia
Joint Pains
Headaches
Restless Legs
Numbness and Tingling
Impaired Memory
Leg Cramps
Impaired Concentration
Nervousness
Major Depression
Abdominal Discomfort
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Environmental Sensitivities.
It is my personal opinion that a number of the symptoms mentioned are not directly because of the condition itself but are rather byproducts of the pain that comes with this condition. A person with FMS is in pain and probably has a lot of stress so they wouldn’t be going to sleep very easily (insomnia) and it is likely that they are not feeling refreshed when they do.  This could result in fatigue and poor mental capacity (cognitive impairment). If this goes on for 3 months or more the lack of sleep could lead to light sensitivity and a weakened immune system with more severe reactions to various stimuli (Environmental Sensitivity and headaches).  By this time they are fed up with the condition and don’t know what else to do and the stress has started wreaking havoc on their gut and bowels (abdominal discomfort and IBS) and they have started to loose hope (major depressive disorder).
And it is all because of pain.
What can Traditional Chinese Medicine do to treat this?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can treat FMS either by a symptom by symptom basis or it can address the issue of pain until that aspect is manageable. Once the pain is at a tolerable level the rest of the symptoms should resolve.
TCM can help to
address any pain in the muscles
improve circulation which will help with pain, energy levels, and cognition
build up the immune system
improve normal homeostasis
detoxify the body
help the patient sleep
What can I do?
As always different individuals will require different treatments, however there are some broad guidelines.
  1. Take Magnesium supplements. This is apart from any you may be getting in a multivitamin. There are a variety of Magnesium supplements and some types may work better than others for a particular individual. As long as you are not having loose stools you can continue to increase the dosage of Magnesium. This will help with energy levels, and pain management. It also works on people who are constipated. Do be warned that it loosens the stool and bowel issues may be part of an FMS condition.
  2. For sleep issues, look at Melatonin and Serotonin supplements. Tryptophan, which is found in poultry, is also a good sleep aid.
  3. Vitamin C, blueberries, green tea, and other anti-oxidents will help to remove free radicals which can cause cellular damage and exacerbate existing issues.
  4. Ginseng tea with royal jelly (a type of honey) is good for quick energy.
  5. Gentle daily exercise such as tai chi, qi gong, therapeutic yoga, and swimming in a heated pool will ease of sore muscles.
  6. Small circle of Heaven Qi gong (10 minutes, 2x per day) will help your energy and stress levels. E-mail me at: invigorating.qi@gmail.com with the title heading “Small Circle” and I will be happy to spell out the exercise for you and direct you to some qi gong books which may be useful. There are other breathing exercises I can present once I do a consultation.
  7. If you notice that you have become sensitive to various foods, chemicals, etc., avoid them, or rotate them in your diet (one day on, 4 days off).  If this is an issue with certain medications consult with your doctor. You may have to be very particular about this (was it the wheat in the spaghetti or was it the oregano, or the cheese, or something in the tomato sauce…)
  8. Nightly hot soaks with 0.5lbs of Epsom salt.
  9. Purchase a TENS unit or a cupping set and learn how to use them. Hot and cold packs will also help.
Aside from an acupuncturist who can I talk to?:
  1. Someone who can help manage the pain. Aside from acupuncturists there are chiropractors, massage therapists (myofascial release and cranio sacral), biofeedback, mild electric stimulation, or someone who does cupping. Some patients will respond well to energy workers and should consider seeking out a Reiki therapist or similar person.
  2. A good nutritionist or dietitian will work wonders on getting your body chemistry in balance. Make sure to ask about supplements.
  3. Someone who does allergy testing for foods and chemicals.
  4. A reflexologist, or someone familiar with muscle testing, will help you learn how to tune in with your body, which will give you a ballpark idea for what food, and supplements you can ingest.
  5. A psychologist, hypnotherapist, or psychiatrist may be a good step to help improve your mood and motivation while others work on your homeostasis.
Some notes:
    Please remember that, while I am a talented practitioner of TCM, I still recommend that you see a doctor before consulting with me if you have this condition. When you come to see me for this condition I will likely refer you to someone to help you with exercising the body or give you a reference to appropriate literature myself.
References:
American College of Rheumatology:
Disease Prevention and Treatment Expanded Third Edition from Life Extension Foundation.
Feel free to call or e-mail me at any time to set up an appointment, ask for a consultation, or request a referral.
  • Erik Jackson, L.Ac

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

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What is it?:
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is a condition that has been categorized as a type of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) but is in fact a distinct condition.
(M.E.), as defined by Dr. A. Melvin Ramsey is
A syndrome initiated by a virus infection, commonly in the form of a respiratory or gastrointestinal illness with significant headache, malaise and dizziness sometimes accompanied by lymphadenopathy or rash. Insidious or more dramatic onsets following neurological, cardiac or endocrine disability are also recognized. Characteristic features include:

(1) A multi-system disease, primarily neurological with variable involvement of liver, cardiac and skeletal muscle, lymphoid and endocrine organs.

(2) Neurological disturbance – an unpredictable state of central nervous system exhaustion following mental or physical exertion which may be delayed and require several days for recovery; an unique neuro-endocrine profile which differs from depression in that the hypothalamic/pituitary/adrenal response to stress is deficient; dysfunction of the autonomic and sensory nervous systems; cognitive problems.

(3) Musculo-skeletal dysfunction in a proportion of patients (related to sensory disturbance or to the late metabolic and auto immune effects of infection)

(4) A characteristically chronic relapsing course.”

As this is a multi-system condition, the symptoms are many and they will vary in severity between individuals. Duration of symptoms and severity is also not consistent, some symptoms being constant, others coming and going, however the one constant is that the symptoms worsen with with even minor physical or mental exertion.
Please note that a confident diagnosis of ME can only be given by a physician and only after certain tests have been preformed.
Symptoms fall into the categories of:
Cognitive difficulties
Neurological difficulties
Fatigue
Immune dysfunction and hypersensitivity
Cardiovascular dysfunction
Sleeping disorders
Loss of internal regulation (temperature fluctuations, abnormal sweating, etc.)
Pain
What can Traditional Chinese Medicine do to treat this?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can work on many of these categories of symptoms to address the over arching issue but specifics will have to be established for individual cases.
TCM can help to
address any pain and weakness in the muscles
improve circulation which will help with pain, energy levels, and cognition
build up the immune system
improve normal homeostasis
detoxify the body
What can I do?
As this is a multi-system condition most measures will need to be determined on an individual basis, however there are some things that can be done.
  1. Take Magnesium supplements. This is apart from any you may be getting in a multivitamin. There are a variety of Magnesium supplements and some types may work better than others for a particular individual. As long as you are not having loose stools you can continue to increase the dosage of Magnesium. This will help with cardiovascular issues, energy levels, and pain management. It also works on people who are constipated. Do be warned that it lowers blood pressure and ME patients can have low blood pressure as part of their condition.
  2. For the cognitively impaired, start taking Glutathione. It will help to improve mental clarity.
  3. Vitamin C, blueberries, green tea, and other anti-oxidents will help to remove free radicals which can cause cellular damage and exacerbate existing issues.
  4. Ginseng tea with royal jelly (a type of honey) is good for quick energy.
  5. Small circle of Heaven Qi gong (10 minutes, 2x per day) will help your energy and stress levels. E-mail me at: invigorating.qi@gmail.com with the title heading “Small Circle” and I will be happy to spell out the exercise for you and direct you to some qi gong books which may be useful.
  6. If you notice that you have become sensitive to various foods, chemicals, etc., avoid them, or rotate them in your diet (one day on, 4 days off). If this is an issue with certain medications consult with your doctor. You may have to be very particular about this (was it the wheat in the spaghetti or was it the oregano, or the cheese, or something in the tomato sauce…).
Aside from an acupuncturist who can I talk to?:
  1. A good nutritionist or dietitian will work wonders on getting your body chemistry in balance. Make sure to ask about supplements.
  2. Someone who does allergy testing for foods and chemicals.
  3. A reflexologist, or someone familiar with muscle testing, will help you learn how to tune in with your body and establish, through muscle testing, a ballpark idea of what you can eat, what supplements you should take, etc.
  4. Someone who can help to manage the pain. Aside from acupuncturists there are chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, as well as others. Some patients will respond well to energy workers and should consider seeking out a Reiki therapist or similar person.
  5. A psychologist, hypnotherapist, or psychiatrist may be a good step to help improve the memory and cognitive abilities while someone else works on homeostasis.
Some notes:
First and foremost please remember that, while I am a talented practitioner of TCM I still recommend that you see a doctor before consulting with me if you have this condition.  I would also recommend that you consult with a nutritionist or dietitian about any specific dietary issues you may have.
Secondly, please note that some doctors believe this condition to have a genetic predisposition. Realize that a genetic predisposition means that, while it may be easier for you to develop this condition it will only occur if something triggers it. Beyond this if the trigger is removed the condition may be reversed or mitigated. When people talk about genetics they believe that is the end all, it is not. Think of it like this, Native Americans are genetically predisposed to become alcoholics. If a Native American never touches alcohol, they still have the predisposition, but are not an alcoholic.  If they did drink heavily for a while and are now sober, they have eliminated the mitigating factor and will not longer experience all of the symptoms of being an alcoholic. Your genetics may give you certain traits or tendencies, but your choices are what determine who you are and play a larger role in your health than your genetics.
References:
National Alliance for Myalgic Encphalomylitis
Feel free to e-mail me at any time to set up an appointment, ask for a consultation, or request a referral.
  • Erik Jackson, L.Ac

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