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A Unique Treatment for Fibromyalgia: Jin Shin Jyutsu

A 71-year-old female presented three years ago with diagnosed Fibromyalgia in 1997 and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 1993. She had seen three previous Integrative Medicine physicians and was much improved on B6 and B12 shots and compounded thyroid hormone.

I placed her on intravenous vitamins and minerals with high dose vitamin C. She also received FSM (Frequency Specific Microcurrent) treatments, which were designed to treat spinal cord injury, one of many causes of Fibromyalgia. Her depression improved and her pain diminished. She also wasn’t dropping things as much.

Up and Down, then Finally UP!

 Over the next three years she continued with an up and down course, partly because of other medical conditions—asthma, allergies, insomnia, migraines and adrenal fatigue. Three months ago we decided to try Jin Shin Jyutsu, an ancient energy art from Japan, similar to acupuncture but no needles. During each treatment, her husband learned where to place his hands so he could give treatments at home.

Since the three treatments in the office and 3 to 4 treatments each week at home, her energy level and vigor for life have improved to a new level.

We as human beings are both a physical and energetic body. There are 12 well designated flows that occur throughout the body over every 24 hour period, healing and cleansing our organs and body. There are hundreds of other flows that circulate in various places in the body. Injury, emotional trauma, toxins and poor nutrition can block the energy flows.

The hands act like jumper cables in this art, permitting the energy to overcome blockages and permit healing to take place. Clearing these energy flow lines can help everybody with their health issues, and offers an excellent option for all who have vague or difficult to diagnose and treat issues. Fibromyalgia is caused by many, many different possible sources. It always has “a” cause or trigger, but is often the result of multiple issues over many years. Jin Shin Juytsu is one of many treatment options.

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Type II Diabetes; Back Pain and Neuropathy

A reader writes:  I have type 2 and some compressed nerves in my back which I believe are contributing to neuropathy in my hands and feet. What can I do? Or, what can I take to improve my condition? I’ve been taking a vitamin B-6 supplement.

Dr. Gardner’s comments: Compressed nerves in the back usually are part of disc degeneration, and always have an inflammatory component that adds to the compression. The following have been found helpful:

  • temporarily using natural anti-inflammatories (MSM, DMSO, curcumen, Boswelia, stinging nettle)
  • therapeutic massage to relax the tight muscles that may be pulling on the back (like the gluteus meds and piriformis)
  • carefully choosing a chiropractor to help with alignment,
  • energy work of Jin Shin Jyutsu or
  • acupuncture,
  • frequency generator machines (FSM) that may be able to neutralize the pain or strengthen bone or connective tissue. Depending on the cause and length of time it has been present, determines how successful the treatment will be and how long healing may take.
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Essential Tremors

I found you though Ben’s blog – and am so glad I did! My husband suffers from essential tremors – most effected when stress/ adrenaline kick in. Dr.’s put him on 20 of propanypol (sp?). What alternatives are there to this???? What can we do????

Stress is a common trigger to make essential tremors worse. Relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, energy work may prove useful. As with any neurologic difficulty, the B vitamins (B6, B12, folic acid, B1) need to be at high levels, as do the essential fatty acids (including omega-6). Energy work like acupuncture, Jin Shin Jyutsu or craniosacral may prove useful, separate from the potential relaxation and stress reduction it helps with.  Avoid soda pop, especially diet soda pop.  Aspartame and caffeine are neurotoxins.

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Is Jin Shin Jyutsu Weird? Or Hokey? Or “Out There?”

Is Jin Shin Jyutsu hokey or weird, or “out there” medicine?

Good question; one that has been asked of me numerous times.

My answer?  No, it is not.  It is an exceptional way to treat a number of issues, and it is remarkably, miraculously successful, often where other modalities are not.

Jin Shin Jyutsu is a Japanese energy healing art.  It is thousands of years old.  It has been described as being similar to acupuncture, but it is done with the client fully clothed, and it is done without needles.  It is incredibly soothing and relaxing, and it does well with any stress-related health issues.

Hokey?  Not if you believe that energy and matter and cells and muscles and tissue all communicate and interact.  It is as scientific as it can be.  It is a marvelous modality for healing.

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EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)

I get Dr. Mercola’s newsletter also. He often refers to Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
What do you think of it?

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is an excellent, easy to learn and use technique for releasing emotions and stresses inside of us.  Although I don’t currently use it myself, I highly endorse it.  My expertise is more in the physical, biochemical and energy realms (where I practice Jin Shin Jyutsu, an energy healing art); EFT is also an energy technique.

If my patients choose to use Jin Shin Jyutsu in their healing process, they will find it to be useful in the release of those limiting beliefs and emotions.

Massage therapy may also release emotions trapped in the muscle, placed there at the time of emotional stress.

I also use some incredible coaches that are able to help people identify their belief systems that are inhibiting their growth and ability to become all they can be.

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Lyrica and Painful Neuropathy

I am currently taking two 200 Mg tablets per day of Lyrica for painful neuropathy in the feet,legs and groin. Is there an effective allopathic alternative?

Lyrica modulates the interpretation of pain in the nerves.  In order to try safer alternatives, it will be important to know if there is a cause, and if it can be treated.  Let’s talk about some theoretical possibilities:

1. If it is related to diabetic neuropathy, the problem is usually in the blood vessels, which are blocked.  Getting the diabetes in  better control and reducing all inflammatory triggers (like sugar, aspartame, caffeine, trans fatty acids) will be critical.  A trial of vasodilators like Ginkgo biloba or Hawthorne may help to open up those semi-blocked arteries.

2. General nerve support includes strong levels of B vitamins and omega 3 and omega 6 oils in your body.

3.  Additional nerve support may include phosphatidylcholine, Huperzine, Vinpocetine; anti-oxidants like glutathione, vitamin C and E.

4. Energy work is another possibility–acupuncture, Jin Shin Jyutsu.

5. Frequency generators, machines that release specific healing frequencies for the nerves, could also be tried.  I use the FSM machine in my office, but there are many practitioners that use them, hopefully someone near your home.

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Reflexology and Other Energy Modalities

I’m wondering what you’re thoughts are about reflexology. Do you think this method is useful? Do you offer it in your clinic?

There are many energy connections manifested in various tissues in the body associated with the organs of the body.  This is the true of

  • the eye (iridology),
  • the outer ear (acupuncture points),
  • vertebrae in the spine (Jin Shin Jyutsu),
  • and bottoms of the feet (reflexology).

Stimulating points on the feet, spine or outer ear sends healing frequencies to the corresponding organ.  As the organ improves, the points on the feet (or elsewhere) also improve.

All of these techniques are useful, and are all part of energy medicine.

A number of energy medicine modalities are used at Keys to Healing Medical Center (my practice), including Jin Shin Jyutsu, Frequency Specific Microcurrent, NAET.  We currently do not offer reflexology, but are certainly not opposed to it.

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Chronic Migraines

I have been to some of the most celebrated headache institutes in NYC and am still spending a great deal of time in bed. Any suggestions beyond what you have indicated here? FYI, I watch the food triggers and take all of the recommended supplements you mentioned except for the HTP which I will start immediately. Is DMSO an option for me? Thank you. GD

The potential triggers for migraine headaches are many. The key is to find the trigger or triggers for yours and get rid of it. Always easier said than done. DMSO is one of the best and safest anti-inflammatories known to man, so it is worth a try. But if you are on a number of other effective anti-inflammatories, is it unlikely that this one will solve the problem either.

The three areas that tend to be ignored in conventional medicine that contribute to migraines are: structural impingement in the neck that can’t be seen on MRI or X-ray, but may be able to be fixed with a chiropractor; muscle tightness which can be relieved with a therapeutic massage therapist–even if this is not part of the initial problem, it is highly likely to be part of the problem now; energy work, including acupuncture, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Craniosacral, or even frequency generators like the FSM (Frequency Specific Microcurrent) machine.  You will need to find people in your local area that are familiar with these procedures.  Or, if you happen to come to Utah for skiing or any other reason, you’re welcome to visit me at my office.  Best of luck to you.

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My daughter,age 21, has had Mono for two years. She tried bed rest for a few weeks and was bored out of her mind. Can a person ever recover while going about their normal activities?

Mononucleosis is a term to describe an illness that has fatigue as its major component. It is presumed to be due to a virus, of which the Epstein Barr virus has  been the most implicated. It is probably related to any number of viruses, or even toxicities.

Unfortunately, it has an unpredictable course for recovery. Some people recover within months, and others take years. If normal activities do not excessively fatigue her, they will not interfere with her recovery. So whether she does activity or not, she will still be fatigued.

The treatment begins with a good diet and potent supplements. She must stay away from sugar and processed food. Energy work (acupuncture, Jin Shin Jyutsu, craniosacral) and intravenous vitamin and mineral nutrients have been very successful, and are the next steps. Toxic metals and other sensitivities and toxicities may also need to be looked at from a laboratory standpoint.

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I read your article about Alternative Therapies in Neurologic Disease on your site and wonder if Vital Primivia supplements you have on your site would be applicable to me.  I’ve had a discectomy, and I’m asking specifically about phosphatidylserine, and its dosage.

Here are some thoughts: A discectomy is a partial removal of the disc separating 2 vertebrae. Usually this disc is bulging and causing compression on the nerve in order for them to need to do surgery.

In my presentation entitled Alternative Therapies in Neurologic Disease, spinal cord or disc injuries are not covered. Although the supplements recommended for brain health (which is the focus of that presentation) would be beneficial, they will not help sciatica or nerve compression to a great extent. For low back pain, sciatica, disc injuries or surgeries, consider the following:

1. decompression, which means they put a slight pulling tension on the spine

2. energy work, acupuncture or Jin Shin Jyutsu or craniosacral, to open up energy pathways in the spine that will facilitate remodeling and healing. This may take months and years, which is why I teach someone to treat my patients at home on a regular basis.

3. Massage therapy, to relax the tight muscles that may be holding the spine out of position

4. chiropractic, especially if they do more than just ‘crack the back’

5. frequency generators, like the FSM machine, which has specific frequencies to help heal the disc, facets, spine, nerves

6. natural anti-inflammatories–MSM, DMSO, Boswelia, curcumin

7. if the nerve has been severed or severely injured, consider stem cell stimulation. There are substances that stimulate your own body to release more of its own stem cells for repair.