Female 46, with fibromyalgia successfully treated with 1 week of herbal medicine

About the Author

Dr Nicholas Kimble

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Main Signs and Symptoms

Female patient presented to my clinic with fibromyalgia. Patient had endured symptoms for over a decade and was keen to try herbal medicine to resolve the issue as medical treatment could not provide a solution.

On inspection: muscle aches and pains that moved around the body from day to day. Depressed mood.

Pulse: Wiry in all positions

After 1 week of treatment, the patient notified me that her fibromyalgia pain was completely gone. This is a remarkable result as generally a longer duration of treatment is required to see an improvement.

Diagnosis and Treatment

This is fibromyalgia due to Liver Qi Stagnation; stagnant Liver Qi can result in aches and pains that are not fixed.

My treatment objective was to move the Liver Qi. The standard formula I use for these cases is:

Jia Wei Xiao Yao San (Bupleurum & Peony Formula)

The patient reported that the fibromyalgia pain had completely cleared after 7 days of the herbal formula. She was delighted with the result.

I advised to continue the formula for 3 months to consolidate the case. Additionally, I asked her to take Wen Dan Tang (Bamboo & Hoelen Formula) as her pulse was slippery and in my clinical experience Liver pathology and Phlegm are often seen together. Phlegm, as a substantial substance, can impede the flow of Qi.

The aim here was to prevent a recurrence of this condition.

Note: the dose of this formula needs to be high to achieve a quick clinical effect.