Strategies for the Understanding and Treatment of Fibromyalgia

Sunday, 11/05 at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

An estimated 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Mature women account for 80-90% of all fibromyalgia cases. There are no reproducible, objective tests to definitively diagnose this condition, no agreed upon treatment strategies, and no statistically effective drug protocols to treat fibromyalgia. The treatment of this condition for the TCM practitioner represents an amazing opportunity to provide significant benefit in an area where Western medicine has very few answers to benefit patients. Ten common symptoms often present to a varying degree with fibromyalgia: muscle spasms, intense headaches, generalized pain, tenderness (especially within the joints), depression, sleep disturbance, memory loss and brain fog, bowel issues, muscle and joint stiffness, and painful menses. All of these symptoms, individually or in patterns, offer significant road signs for the TCM practitioner to follow and to successfully alleviate our patient's suffering. As integrative and TCM practitioners, we have the tools and strategies to make a profound difference in people's lives without the risk of harmful side effects.

Richard Gold

Richard is a licensed acupuncturist and holds a doctorate in psychology. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1972 with a degree in world religions and a minor in pre-medicine and from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1978. Richard has since devoted his professional career to the field of East Asian medicine, pursuing advanced studies in China (1981), Japan (1986) and Thailand (1988, 1989, 1992). In 1985, along with two partners, he established the Pacific Center of Health, an integrative medical center that still flourishes today. Richard was also one of the four founders of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He served on the board of the college for many years and continues to teach there. In recent years, Richard has been working in the field of applied neuroscience and sound, and is currently the President and Executive Producer of Metta Mindfulness Music, a company devoted to creating original music to facilitate meditation, health, and mindfulness.