Join Holly S. Baer, a traditional Naturopathic Doctor, to learn more about Fibromyalgia Syndrome and the best natural approaches available to ease the many painful symptoms of this condition.
The word Fibromyalgia is derived from the Latin word for fibrous tissue (fibro), plus the Greek words for muscle (myo) and pain (algia). Fibromyalgia Syndrome is chronic disorder which includes widespread muscle pain, fatigue and multiple tender points that affects 3-6 million people in the United States. Who is affected by Fibromyalgia Syndrome?
- Experts report that between 6-10% of the adult population of the United States are affected.
- It is most commonly diagnosed in people between the ages of twenty and fifty although it can occur at any age, even in childhood.
- Fibromyalgia is nine times more common in women than men.
- Men experience more severe symptoms than women.
Naturopathy, or Naturopathic Medicine, is a form of alternative medicine based on the belief in vitalism, which posits that a special energy called vital energy or vital force guides bodily processes such as metabolism, reproduction, growth and adaptation. Naturopathic philosophy favors a holistic approach and seeks to find the least invasive measures necessary for symptom improvement or resolution, thus encouraging minimal use of surgery and unnecessary drugs.
According to the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges, “Naturopathic medicine is defined by principles rather than by methods or modalities. Above all, it honors the body’s innate wisdom to heal.”