For most medical doctors, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are diagnoses of exclusion. This means that a patient is said to have one of these conditions when we can’t figure out anything else that is wrong with them, but they are clearly in pain. There is a value in having these diagnosis. A diagnosis of one of these conditions means we’ve ruled out all the scary stuff, and also that the doctor recognizes that the condition is not “all in your head” (as was the case before these diagnoses became common).
It is, however, important not to stop at these diagnoses. In my practice I look at the physiology of the individual person who is suffering from the condition. Through a combination of functional medical tests, dietary therapy and nutritional and herbal supplementation, I work together with my patients to address the underlying imbalances that are causing their symptoms. I also use acupuncture, acupressure and craniosacral therapies to work with the energetic imbalances that are contributing to the illness.
In our work together, our attention is on you as a healthy and complete being. There is a saying in Chinese medicine, “You can be you, or you can be ill.” When we are working together, we are helping you come into your fullest possible manifestation of health, so that disease naturally falls away.
Does this happen overnight? Usually not. Illness can take a long time to develop, and so too with healing. Many people ask me how long it will take until they feel completely better. The time frame is different for everyone. Healing is a journey that, while rarely easy, can be extremely rewarding every step of the way.