Lana Farson, M.S., L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

Fibromyalgia Relief

I’ve been treating fibromyalgia since 2003, and have found that very good results come Gua Shao - Jenny and Lanafrom a combination of acupuncture and a bodywork technique called ‘Gua Sha’.  The ‘Gua Sha’ method stimulates the body’s circulation via rubbing of the skin and muscles with a special tool.  I find that ‘Gua Sha’ dramatically boosts the pain relieving ability of acupuncture.  Read more about ‘Gua Sha’ about halfway down on the treatments page here: link to ‘Gua Sha’ Rubbing

At In Good Health in Lafayette, CA, I choose ‘Gua Sha’ tools made out of various materials (metal, wood, horn, shell) depending on the case as well as the individual’s skin and muscle tone.

A Study from the New England Journal of Medicine confirms that the Asian exercise Tai Chi is also helpful for fibromyalgia.  Here’s the link to that study: A Randomized Trial of Tai Chi for Fibromyalgia


  1. There has been some very promising work around nutrition and fibromyalgia – it is based upon the treatment of the thyroid gland – which is said to be deficient in many cases – and this is despite negative blood tests. I will try to find the link

    . . . and one last comment – I treated the scars of keyhole surgery, and this had a very positive effect on fibromyalgia . . .

    I enjoy your articles – thank you

  2. This is a fantastic article Lana. I think it will certainly help a lot of Fibromyalgia sufferers.

    Keep up the good work!

  3. Pain has been a problem with fibromyalgia for a very long time and knowing that “gua sha” can help is a relief. I have never heard about the technique before but it is not a waste if I will try it. Thank you so much and I hope there are still other articles about the condition.

  4. Melissa Kordela says:

    I am continuously surprised by what I hear about Gua Sha. It seems to treat so many different things. I recently hurt my neck after too many hours on the computer and I could barely turn my head left or right. My acupuncturist did gua sha and it worked in only one treatment. Maybe this is not amazing to some people, but I am used to something like this taking days to heal or lots of chiropractor or massage appointments to fix it.

  5. Radha says:

    Gus sha? Hmm, interesting…easy to do will try it out…

  6. Ann Williams says:

    Thanks for sharing this about gua aha and fibromyalgia. I’ve known several people plagued by that condition, and I’m sure they would love to know about this healing technique. I have also been curious about gua sha and its benefits.
    Will definitely post on Facebook.

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