Chronic Inflammation - Twenty Tips: Inflammation is the body’s response to an injury or infection. There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic. Acute inflammation is characterized by five cardinal signs:
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Invisible Disability: An invisible disability is a chronic condition in which a patient’s symptoms are not immediately apparent to others. In the United States, roughly 96 percent of patients living with a chronic condition exhibit no visible symptoms of their illness, making it difficult for others to understand the physical and emotional hardships they face. Common “hidden” or invisible disabilities include:
Fibromyalgia - Effects on the Body: Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain in the muscles and bones.
What is Acupuncture?
A form of alternative medicine and a key component of traditional Chinese medicine involving the insertion of thin needles into the body at certain points. It has been practiced for centuries and was originally explained as a way to balance the flow of energy or life force (qi or chi), which is believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in the human body. However, many Western practitioners have come to view acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. Some believe this stimulation inhibits pain signals and increases blood flow.