Chinese medicine relies on herbs rather than acupuncture
Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome often weaken even the smallest of actions so much that they only sleep for the rest of the day. Weakness attacks often shape the daily routine of those affected, and some also report a constant feeling of cold or fever. Experts speak of fibromyalgia syndrome if there is additional diffuse pain in the area of muscles, tendons, soft tissues, swelling of the limbs and general hypersensitivity to pain. Since both diseases can often not be proven by conventional medical examination methods, patients are often rejected with psychological explanations. Chinese medicine, on the other hand, sees physical reasons as the cause of both fatigue syndromes.
A peculiarity of Chinese medicine is that it takes human symptom language seriously and interprets it in a special way. With fatigue or fibromyalgia syndrome, too, the focus is on the patient's medical history. "One of the most important schools in the TCM tradition teaches that undesirable developments in immunological control, which in our opinion are also the basis of the two diseases, usually result from infections that have repeatedly not been" successfully "overcome," describes Dr. Christian Schmincke, TCM expert and head of the clinic at the Steigerwald. The history of infections in patients with exhaustion is often characterized by chronic, recurring or unsuccessful respiratory infections that can go back to childhood and adolescence. "In addition, it can often be determined that episodes of illness are also associated with respiratory infections." With this knowledge and in combination with the Chinese methods of pulse and tongue diagnostics, individual treatment plans can be derived.
Chinese medicine therapy with individually selected herbs is an important pillar. “A milestone in treatment is achieved when patients develop infections with mucus production again for the first time. It is not uncommon for the disease to heal in the further course, "Dr. Delay the treatment goals. In fibromyalgia patients, the Chinese formula often contains pain relieving ingredients such as Fructus Chaenomelis, the fruit of a Japanese wild quince. In the case of chronic fatigue syndrome, the root of the Scrophularia ningpoensis Hemsl can again become an important component. This medicinal plant, which belongs to the brownwort family, has the ability to neutralize and evacuate a disease state that Chinese medicine calls "toxic blood heat". In addition to the core component of drug therapy, Chinese medicine relies on other pillars: Chinese diet, acupuncture, QiGong and body therapy. "Whereby acupuncture usually plays a secondary role in the treatment of both diseases, since many patients do not tolerate acupuncture needles because of their hypersensitivity to pain." (Pm)
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