Category: Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Stage 2: Resolving Heavy, Achy Pain

Fibromyalgia Stage 2: Resolving Heavy, Achy Pain

Now that you’ve dealt with the wind and dampness that caused your wandering pain, it’s time to address Fibromyalgia Stage 2.

This stage is associated with deep, constant (think sleep-interrupting) achiness in the muscles that usually worsen with strenuous exercise. You might also be experiencing heavy and continuous pain in the joints of your neck, shoulders, back, and hips.

And don’t be surprised if you also seem a little forgetful or absent-minded. Although brain fog can pop up during any stage of fibromyalgia, it appears especially prevalent in Stage 2.

Lifestyle Considerations in Stage 2 Fibromyalgia

In most cases, heavy, achy pain is associated with digestive troubles and chronic fatigue. That means focusing on your microbiome — the collection of microorganisms that call your gut home. Maintaining a healthy microbiome not allows you to fend off the heavy, achy pains of Fibromyalgia Stage 2, but it also offers relief from a host of gastrointestinal disorders, including IBS!

To achieve the optimal microbial environment, you first need to consider what lifestyle factors are discouraging the growth of good bacteria and promoting the proliferation of fungus and other bad pathogens. You’ll need to reduce your consumption of sweet, rich, or sticky foods. Most dairy products and alcohol are going to work against you too.

You should approach probiotics with a good dose of skepticism – we do! And please, no kombucha! On the other hand, you won’t usually go wrong with sauerkraut and kimchi if you tolerate fermented vegetables well. Both are great for encouraging the growth of healthy gut flora that’s needed for good digestion.

Try Abdominal Self-Massage

You should also be performing abdominal self-massage after EVERY meal.

Next to eating right, taking the right medicines, and being in nature, abdominal self-massage is one of the best things you can do to promote digestive and microbial health. That’s because every time you do it, you’re:

  • Encouraging peristalsis
  • Helping your body create more enzymes and stomach acid
  • Secreting bile
  • Promoting the smooth distribution of gases that significantly impact overall wellness

It’s also extremely relaxing and feels really good!

Performing abdominal self-massage is incredibly simple and takes only minutes. But it’s enormously beneficial, especially if you struggle with fibromyalgia pain, IBS, constipation, or bloating.

Sip on Some Gut Tea: Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Tang

The Huo Xiang Zheng Qi formula is widely used in Chinese medicine to promote digestive health. It contains a ton of good stuff for eliminating the damp-type heavy, whole-body pain associated with Fibromyalgia Stage 2, including:

  • Magnolol: One of our favorite anti-fungal compounds
  • Curcumin: A potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
  • Baicalin: Another powerful anti-inflammatory
  • Quercetin: For regulating histamines

This potent gut tea is sold over-the-counter in China to treat damp-type diseases like food poisoning, traveler’s diarrhea, and summer flu. Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Tang can also be used as a summer and autumn drink to increase sweating and thirst and promote healthy fluid metabolism, or in high-exposure environments to prevent the onset of viral “damp plague” type diseases. It’s also excellent for treating the damp-type Fibromyalgia flares associated with new viral infection or other activation of the immune system.

For Fibromyalgia Stage 2, we recommend brewing one or two bags of Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Tang and sipping on it all day long.

A Dose of Aquada and Microgard Plus with Every Meal

Finally, take a small dose of Aquada and Microgard Plus with every meal.

Aquada is a super-premium version of the classical Chinese formula Er Miao Wan or “Double Awesome Pills” that combines Cang Zhu (Red atractylodes) and Huang Bai (Phellodendron) — two of the most potent substances on earth for regulating microbial health.

The berberine in Huang Bai gives Aquada strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, while Cang Zhu provides lots of volatile anti-fungal compounds that restore healthy water metabolism, starve fungus of sugars, and eliminate damp-type heavy pain.

Microgard Plus is an Imperial grade herbal formula containing botanical extracts to promote a healthy and diverse microbiome. It’s traditionally used to relieve bloating, cramps, and fatigue after eating, irritable bowel, food sensitivities, nausea and poor appetite related to excess dampness and what Chinese Medicine calls “food stagnation” — over-consumption of rich, fatty, sweet foods aka the Standard American Diet.

Contact Crawford Wellness Today

I hope you found this post informative and helpful.

To order our Fibromyalgia Stage 2 Protocol package, head over here:

If you have any questions about the treatment of fibromyalgia and the relief of heavy, achy pain, please ask away by sending the clinic a message via our contact page.

Fibromyalgia Stage 1: Freedom from Wandering Pain

Fibromyalgia Stage 1: Freedom from Wandering Pain with Crawford Wellness

How can I free myself from fibromyalgia?

This is a question I get from many of my patients struggling to cope with the widespread pain, sleep problems, and fatigue typical of this chronic condition.

What is Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia isn’t so much a disorder as a syndrome that currently affects around 4 million adults in the United States. Although it can hit just about anyone at any time, it’s most common in women between the ages of 20 and 50.

Fibromyalgia usually causes several types of generalized body pain, fatigue, and muscular stiffness. In some cases, these symptoms are accompanied by poor sleep, headaches, numbness or tingling, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, sensitivity to light or noise, digestive upsets and painful periods.

Because individual sufferers can manifest a range of fibromyalgia symptoms, misdiagnosis is common – especially when practitioners fail to take in the bigger picture. Unfortunately, mainstream medicine has – until very recently – either misunderstood or ignored the problem entirely. Many people suffering with Fibromyalgia feel ignored by their medical providers, blamed for overemphasizing the severity of their pain, or pushed away with psychiatric medication.

Wind and Dampness: The First Pathological Factors Behind Fibromyalgia Wandering Pain

Fibromyalgia is characterized by different types of pain. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine these indicate different kinds of underlying syndromes, and can be best treated by working in stages. We often make the analogy of repairing a house damaged by storms and left to decay: if you replace the soggy carpet before repairing the roof, it will get damaged again with the next rainfall.

Relieving wandering pain, usually described as pain that affects different points on the body at varying times, is the first stage of treatment. To relieve this type of pain, Chinese Medicine focuses on removing two pathological factors: Wind and Dampness.

Biomedically speaking, the phenomena of Wind and Dampness are the results of multiple pathogens lingering in the body and working together, such as Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) reactivated by the presence of a biofilm-forming bacteria (source). Now, you might think that killing the responsible virus would eliminate the pain. But it’s not that simple—viruses like EBV aren’t really alive, at least in how we generally consider animal cells to be alive. For one thing, they don’t have all the components that make a typical cell typical. And they don’t reproduce on their own – they require our cells to do that.
So, while some viruses like Herpes Zoster or EBV – and it’s looking like SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes long-haul COVID – can go dormant for years at a time, they never really die. They’re always lurking in the background, just waiting for the right conditions to arise which allow them to thrive again.

The conditions which allow this most easily to occur are the presence of biofilm-forming bacteria; in small amounts these are a natural part of the human microbiome; but overgrowth can lead to excessive mucus and viral reactivation.

Removing Wind and Dampness: Here’s the Tea

Our favorite way to address the first stage of Fibromyalgia treatment is with Xiao Chai Hu Tang, a formula that’s more than 2,000 years old and stars Bupleurum Chinense (Chai hu). It is the most commonly used formula in Chinese Medicine for removing lingering pathogens and expelling the Wind that causes fibromyalgia wandering pain. To power it up, we combine it with San Ren Tang to flush lymphatic fluid, transform biofilm, and begin modulating the microbiome of the GI and respiratory systems (remember this includes your skin) to a healthier profile.

Bupleurum Chinense (Chai hu) is a perennial herb native to the grasslands of China, India, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, but the absolute highest quality is sustainably wild-crafted from Tibet. Along with a ton of beneficial saponins, Bupleurum is also associated with some fantastic pharmacological effects:

  • Soothes Liver-qi stagnation
  • Anti-inflammation
  • Anti-cancer
  • Anti-fibrosis
  • Anti-hyperlipidemic
  • Choleretic (promotes bile secretion)
  • Digestive-enzyme promoting effects
  • Immunomodulation
  • Pathogen control by anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-endotoxin properties

In Wind Tea, Bupleurum combines with other amazing ingredients – Scutellarie to slay bacteria, Phinelia to bust up biofilms, and ginger to warm the GI tract.

You’ve Also Got to Sweat

Plant medicines like Bupleurum inhibit the ability of a virus to enter your cells and replicate. But to take fibromyalgia pain relief to the next level, you’ve also got to sweat.

Why? Because sweating helps your body release its own anti-fungal and anti-microbial compounds dermicidin and lactoferrin (source) to keep the microbiome of your skin healthy.

Drinking hot herbal tea is an easy way to do this. But gentle physical exercise, saunas, and breath-holding will make it even more powerful.

Contact Crawford Wellness Today

I hope you found this post informative and helpful.

To order Wind tea, head over here:

If you have any questions about the treatment of fibromyalgia and the relief of wandering pain, please ask away in the comments or send the clinic a message via our contact page.

Chinese Medicine Specialty Care

Chinese Medicine Specialty Care

Chinese Medicine in the US is evolving.

Chinese Medicine Specialty care is something that was once only available by traveling to China. In most areas of medicine, when you have a serious chronic condition, you see a specialist. Someone who has devoted their career to the deep study of only a select few areas of understanding.

Until recently in the US, this was not possible to do. In the time I’ve been in practice this profession has gone from being one of relative outcast in the medical world to being one of the most exciting and sought-after fields. Whereas we used to have to scour dusty old shelves and “know a guy” to get good educational materials and Chinese herbs or learn a specialized acupuncture technique, we now have access to the highest-quality books, experts and medicinal substances on the planet and are able to offer a level of care on par with the very best that is available in China or anywhere else.

Another way that the profession is evolving is that we are starting to specialize. Most acupuncturists are general practitioners, and are very good at it. That’s our training in school — we cover a wide variety of topics, in breadth if not in depth — and we often see a wide variety of different types of patients and medical conditions in practice. A few of us now are beginning to create medical specialties in our field.

I’m interested in four areas: Fibromyalgia, Lyme Disease and Chronic Infections, Neurovascular Conditions and Oncology.

All of these have a few things in common: they are conditions that reflect the space where our bodies meet our environment. They are complex. They are often debilitating or even life-threatening. And they are treatable.

I have devoted my career to studying from the very best experts in these areas of medicine to be able to create treatments that can dramatically improve and extend the lives of my patients. If you or someone you care about are suffering with a condition in one or more of these areas, I invite you to join my practice.

And of course, if you’re struggling with your health somewhere else, I’m happy to help you there too. The things that Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have always treated well: chronic pain, allergies, hormonal balancing, digestive problems — come in for an appointment and I’ll tell you what I can do, or give you a referral to the best care I know of for you.