Topic: Fibromyalgia and TCM

Dr. Guan Hu Yang


Dr. Guanhu Yang graduated from Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (MD) and Nanjing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (MS), and served as Assistant Professor at Wenzhou Medical University. In 1993, Guanhu joined the staff of Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University in Japan, and from there he went to Kanazawa Medical University for his Ph.D. study in lung repair. After completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Yang continued his research in pulmonary biology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as a postdoc and then research scientist.

Dr. Yang has been running two acupuncture clinics in Ohio, USA. He is currently a Clinical Professor at Ohio University, and Chair Professor of the US-China Joint Institute for Acupuncture & Rehabilitation Medicine at Wenzhou Medical University. Dr. Yang also have served as director for the SHI acupuncture school, vice president at American TCM Association few years ago, and supervised the doctoral program at American Academy of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine and other 10 medical university in the World. He is president of Chinese Medicine Luobing Society of American. During his career, Dr. Yang published 10 books and over 70 research articles on basic biology and traditional Chinese medicine, and work as editor and reviewer for numerous renowned SCI journals. Dr. Yang also is associate Editor for International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture. He also is Vice president of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine digestion Committee and Endocrine Committee.


Fibromyalgia is referred as a syndrome as it in clinic presents as a collection of symptoms and signs. The primary symptoms of Fibromyalgia include chronical, widespread musculoskeletal pain and stiffness. Patients can also experience other symptoms such as sleep disorder, anxiety and fatigue. There is no test to detect Fibromyalgia, although X-Rays or MRI may be used to rule out other health problems. This creates challenges in diagnosis of Fibromyalgia even though diverse diagnostic criteria have been developed. Fibromyalgia is different from Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). It is not a simple inflammation, nor a psychological disorder.
In summary, Fibromyalgia is a complex chronical condition, whose cause is yet unknown. It may be associated with injury, virus or bacterial infection, immune system dysfunction, hormone imbalance, psychological stress and other undetermined causes. Fibromyalgia can be difficult to treat. There is no quick remedy to cure Fibromyalgia. However, Traditional Chinese Medicine including Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology has been shown effective in treating with the symptoms of Fibromyalgia based on research and clinical studies.


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