Discover relief from fibromyalgia through the profound practices of traditional Chinese medicine at Acupuncture & Wellness Center, P.S., located outside Seattle, WA.

Understanding Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues. The pain associated with fibromyalgia often presents as a constant dull ache that has lasted for at least three months and occurs on both sides of the body, above and below the waist. While the exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, it is believed to involve a combination of genetic, neurobiological, and environmental factors that lead to a change in how pain is processed by the brain, resulting in heightened sensitivity to pain signals. This condition is often triggered by a stressful event, such as physical trauma, surgery, infection, or significant psychological stress. In some cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event. Fibromyalgia is more common in women than in men, and while there is no cure, a variety of medications, along with physical and occupational therapy, can help manage the symptoms. Lifestyle adaptations, such as stress reduction techniques, regular exercise, and healthy sleep habits, are also integral to managing the condition and improving quality of life for those affected.

Treatment and management of fibromyalgia focus on minimizing symptoms and improving general health. No one treatment works for all symptoms, but a combination of medications, including pain relievers, antidepressants, and antiseizure drugs, can help reduce the pain and sleep disturbances caused by fibromyalgia. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is another crucial aspect of treatment, helping patients manage the psychological aspects of living with chronic pain. Regular physical activity is highly recommended, as exercise helps reduce pain, improve sleep, and relieve stress. However, the approach to exercise should be gradual and tailored to individual capabilities, often starting with activities such as walking, swimming, or water aerobics. Nutritional counseling may also offer benefits, as a well-balanced diet can contribute to overall well-being and weight management, which is important since fibromyalgia symptoms can be exacerbated by obesity. The comprehensive management of fibromyalgia requires a multidisciplinary approach, including healthcare providers, physical therapists, and mental health professionals, to address the wide range of symptoms and their impact on daily life. With appropriate management, many individuals with fibromyalgia can lead active, fulfilling lives despite their condition.

Common Symptoms of Fibromyalgia:

The primary symptom of fibromyalgia is a persistent, widespread pain throughout the body, often described as a constant dull ache that lasts for several months. This pain is typically felt on both sides of the body, as well as above and below the waist. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way the brain processes pain signals. The management of widespread pain in fibromyalgia patients often involves a combination of medication, such as over-the-counter pain relievers or prescription drugs designed to treat nerve pain, and non-pharmacological therapies, including physical therapy, acupuncture, and massage therapy. Regular exercise and stress-reduction techniques, such as yoga and meditation, have also been shown to help alleviate pain symptoms.

Individuals with fibromyalgia often experience profound fatigue that is not relieved by rest or sleep. This fatigue can significantly impair daily functioning, making it difficult to engage in normal activities or concentrate. The cause of fibromyalgia-related fatigue is not entirely understood, but it is thought to be linked to sleep disturbances and abnormalities in the deep phases of sleep commonly experienced by those with fibromyalgia. Managing fatigue often requires a multifaceted approach that may include improving sleep hygiene, utilizing medications to enhance sleep quality, and engaging in gentle exercise routines designed to boost energy levels without exacerbating pain.

Often referred to as “fibro fog,” cognitive difficulties in fibromyalgia patients can encompass problems with memory, concentration, and organization of thoughts. This symptom can affect an individual’s ability to perform tasks at work or school, manage daily activities, and maintain social relationships. Cognitive difficulties in fibromyalgia may be attributed to the pain experienced by sufferers, which can distract the brain and impair its ability to process information efficiently. Strategies to manage fibro fog include breaking tasks into smaller, manageable steps, using organizational tools such as planners and reminders, and practicing brain exercises designed to improve memory and concentration. In some cases, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) may also help patients develop coping strategies to deal with these cognitive challenges.

People with fibromyalgia often report difficulties with falling asleep, staying asleep, and feeling rested upon waking. Sleep disturbances can exacerbate other symptoms of fibromyalgia, such as pain and fatigue, creating a vicious cycle. Abnormalities in sleep patterns, including interruptions in deep sleep, are common in fibromyalgia sufferers. Addressing sleep issues typically involves practicing good sleep hygiene, such as establishing a regular sleep schedule, creating a comfortable sleep environment, and avoiding stimulants before bedtime. In some cases, doctors may prescribe medication to help improve sleep quality and duration. Additionally, relaxation techniques and cognitive-behavioral therapy focused on sleep can provide tools for managing insomnia and improving sleep quality.

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Fibromyalgia

With the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine, our practitioners at Acupuncture & Wellness Center, P.S. near Seattle, WA offer tailored treatments designed to address the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Reasons we encourage people to with an autoimmune disease to turn to Traditional Chinese Medicine include:

  • pain relief
  • improved sleep quality
  • holistic approach
  • Natural remedies
Lisa B
March 24, 2017

This place has helped me feel better than I have in years!

Charlene Moore
December 16, 2018

This place is amazing. I have several serious illnesses that doctors were overmedication. Got on their herb and diet program and seriously I have felt this good in years. The best!

Bruce Ward
September 15, 2019

Okay, if your in need of not only feeling better but getting better. You have to make an appointment, for years I've been dealing with many issues, and they actually listen and can set you on the correct path. I'm no longer taking prescription pills or the spray for my allergies,which have subsided greatly. I was on the verge of diabetes and now am below the threshold. My weight has decreased from 260 to 226, and continuing to go down. My acid reflux is just about gone. I'm more alert, focused and able to stay awake through out the day. My high blood pressure is now back in a healthy range, so looking forward to stop taking those pills soon. Cholesterol is getting into a normal range again.

Kim Toy
May 22, 2019

Dr. Doane and Dr. King are both very attentive listeners, very knowledgeable in their field, and skilled experts at Accupuncture. I have not worked with Dr. Lee, but she is always very friendly and pleasant when I see her. The main reason for trying the Acupuncture & Wellness Center is for my allergies. I am affected by 67 medically confirmed allergy groups, both environmental and food. For me, side effects of western medications are worse than my allergy symptoms. Taking one dose of “medicine” usually results in continuous slow nose bleeds for 2 days, or stomach cramps for 18 hours. Dr. Doane was honest with me up front, he would do all he could, but it would take several months to first reduce my symptoms and then strengthen my system against allergic reactions. This option was much more interesting to me than 2 years of bi-weekly allergy shots that would be still leave 20% of the allergies unaffected. The specialist himself recommended not doing the treatment because the end result would be the same: avoid crowds and avoid outdoors—year round—and wear a mask when I do. (Which I already do.) After two months, I have gone from 80%-100% congested throughout the day, to 0%-20% congested throughout the day. My acute reactions have lessened, and recovery time from an accurate reaction has decreased by about 30%. I am very pleased with my results so far. We are now moving to phase two and I am excited to see what happens.

Amy Marohl
August 19, 2022

Bob and his staff are wonderful! I had never done acupuncture before prior to my treatment here, mainly because I don’t like needles. The method Bob uses is basically painless. Highly recommend if you’ve never had acupuncture before and are hesitant like I was. As for the herbal medicine, I have been sleeping better, getting stronger, and my anxiety is going away since starting that part of the treatment. The amount of knowledge Bob has is incredible, and I am extremely thankful I found him and the clinic!

Derek Egge
January 26, 2018

Highly perceptive and compassionate health experts

Carolyn Perez
December 21, 2019

Meeting Bob and his staff gave me a sense of relief, my health has been in a rampage for the last 10 years. Within a week of using the herbal teas I have to say I slept better! My energy level has increased. Still dealing with my issues, but more confident I’m doing baby steps forward for recuperating! I live in Florida, but met the staff during a visit in Seattle. Love talking to his staff and feel confident!

Spencer Thomas
October 24, 2019

Great people, service, and facilities. I enjoy my visits.

Henry Van Liew
May 17, 2019

I always have a great experience when dealing with the Acupuncture & Wellness Clinic . They have taken good care of me and help me get healthy .

Hunt Family
November 26, 2017

Feelong better!

Doug Kotrba
December 21, 2019

Kyleen takes special interest in both of us. Over the past year she has resolved several long term issues for both of us. The bottom line is that our General Health is much better now than a year ago. We are pleased.

Yoko Soso
April 7, 2023

Bob Doane and his clinic changed my life. I was struggling with my health for years and tried just about everything under the sun until I finally found the acupuncture and wellness center. I would give them 10 stars if that was possible. I strongly recommend this clinic.

Penny & Team
August 13, 2018

Bob saved my life, simply put. About a year ago I went to his acupuncture and wellness clinic in very poor health. I was so Ill I was actually in the process of having my will made out. Since my first visit I have lost over 70 lbs, my heart murmur is gone and the diagnosis of congestive heart failure is no longer on my records. Needless to say this is "The Best Care Ever Received" anywhere in my long life. I now have the energy I had in my thirties; I can now sleep after years of insomnia, and the painful areas around my body are gone or 90% less. In my 70's I am now back to working full time, building a vacation home and enjoying life. It is my guess that this clinic sees +/- 100 patients a day- they are very efficient. Anyone who gives this clinic a chance to work there magic, and go the distance, for at least 90 days will be very pleased with the life changing results. I am living proof.

Steve Hogg
April 13, 2019

Been a patient of the clinic for over six years and they have taken great care of me. My only criticism is wait times some days. Yesterday it was 25 minutes for a 5 minute consult!

Judith Frace
August 3, 2019

Receive friendly, personalized care.

Marylou Aaland
December 23, 2019

Your staff is caring, knowledgeable and thoughtful.

June 9, 2023

For any students or practitioners of Chinese medicine who are looking to learn a method that truly works and to avoid years of painstaking trial and error, look no further. I have had the sincere pleasure of shadowing the Doanes for the past year as their resident acupuncturist and it has been a real game changer and major confidence booster - It has been the mentorship experience I was always hoping for! Most students upon graduating get overwhelmed and lost in the weeds with diagnosis and treatment, but the approach at their wellness center is logical, scientifically based, highly effective, and founded on almost 30 years of clinical experience. I cannot speak highly enough of Bob and Anne Doane - they are exceptional teachers, highly knowledgeable and experienced practitioners, deeply compassionate healers, and wonderful family people. Every day I feel SO grateful to be a part of such an amazing practice at a clinic that really feels like “family.” No where else can a new practitioner see upwards of 25 patients a day - a volume that really lends itself to invaluable learning experience. I also have to mention that I’m a huge fan of the Doane’s teaching website - it’s a treasure trove of knowledge that Bob and Anne have amassed over several years that will really take your practice and skills to the next level. I also have a tremendous amount of respect for the structure, quality, and flow of their practice. Instead of operating as a “band-aid” clinic in which you may see a patient 1-3 times and never know if you actually helped, the Doane’s have created a system in which patients will experience a total or near complete resolution of major and chronic health issues over the course of a few months (typically around 4-6 months) a type of dedication, thoroughness, and follow-through that is unheard of in our medicine. Learning from and practicing with Bob and Anne was the best decision I have made for my budding career - these guys are the real deal!

Andrea Smith
August 3, 2019

Wonderful office with knowledgeable staff.

Thomas Bolt
November 23, 2019

This place is a life saver. My Fiance has been going here for several months. Robert and his staff are extremely knowledgeable. They have given us cures where so many just gave us drugs. If you are truly serious about getting better this is the place for you.

mario duran
March 25, 2016

When I first went in to the wellness center I had my doubt. I have been going to the VA for over 5 years with no relief from the pain I was in. After 5 weeks I can can walk and even jog a little. I have hope to even start running agian.

Denise Simpson
November 19, 2020

I’ve been going for over a year and I feel so much better. I’ve been able to get off my blood pressure medicine, have more energy, and sleep better. The staff is very kind and professional.

Kathryn Kleber
June 13, 2018

Life changing! Bob has been a great health advisor and I have brought family and staff to maximize our health, our family and our company. Thank you Bob, and the entire staff.

Bonnie Wallace
August 23, 2023

I've been treated by Dr. Bob Doane off and on for over 25 years. The first few times I went in were for acupuncture because I had lifted something wrong and was unable to turn my head/neck. Within a single session I had 80% of my range back, and had 100% of my range back by the 2nd session. Where I think Bob really shines is with his deep knowledge of Chinese herbs, and with reading pulses. Years ago I went to him with a top MD's working diagnosis of a rare autoimmune disorder (Wegener's granulomatosis) and which the best Seattle pulmonary specialists were unable to help me with. I could not breathe without incredibly sharp lung pain, nor could I get a decently deep breath at all. My quality of life was severely impacted and I felt like I was dying. It was terrifying. Bob did some research and began mixing up herbs. The first batch did nothing. The second batch made all the symptoms worse! But I was desperate so we kept trying different mixes. Bear in mind that this is a rare disorder. On the third try, it was like an actual miracle: I could breathe deeply for the first time in several years, and my pain was completely gone. I cannot tell you how grateful and relieved I felt. But I do feel he saved my life. I can't imagine what might have happened if I had given up after the first or second round of herbs while we worked together to find the right mix. His work is both an art and a science. Over the years I went from having to take that mix of herbs three times a day to be able to breathe/stay pain free, down to twice a day, then once a day, then finally to once a week, then once every few weeks. Herbs have done for me what modern Western medicine could not. (Don't get me wrong, I also believe in Western medicine. They both have their strengths). Decades later, I see Dr. Bob periodically and have the formula updated and tweaked. I'm in great health, and feel strongly that Dr. Bob and his skill, knowledge, and persistence in finding the right herbs to treat my rare disorder have given me my life back. He cares deeply about his patients, and my life and health are a living testimonial to that.

April 13, 2023

Coming from a western medicine point of view I was very skeptical at first. I decided to give it a try only because one of my friends is being treated at the clinic with (to me) incredible results. To see someone’s health turned around the way Bob and Ana were able to do it’s truly marvelous. Since I myself joined about a year ago, my health is also improving considerably and for this, I am very grateful. The staff is very friendly, professional and accommodating and I have no reservations recommending this clinic to my friends and family.

Destiny Skansie
November 1, 2023

I recently had the privilege of meeting Dr.Doane, who has completely surpassed all my expectations. After countless visits to various doctors, I can confidently say that this individual stands out as a true genius in his field. I am compelled to share my experience and write a review to express my utmost admiration and gratitude for his exceptional expertise and care. From the moment I stepped into his office, it was evident that this doctor possesses an unparalleled level of expertise. His extensive knowledge and understanding of medical science were truly impressive. It was evident that he has dedicated countless hours to perfecting this craft. This doctor's vast knowledge made me feel confident and assured in his abilities but more so gave me great hope! His ability to analyze my symptoms and accurately diagnose my condition was nothing short of extraordinary. -I’m truly grateful he made me believe again.

TKfamily 96
May 13, 2017

I have a chronic digestive issue and have scar tissue due to abdominal surgeries that was causing pelvic pain. After only one acupuncture treatment and two doses of herbs, my pain is gone and my elimination is normal again. I'm very excited to continue treatment over the next few months. And I like Bob! He doesn't beat around the bush and really knows his stuff. We have lived in different places and I have been to many practitioners and he really is the best.

Thomas Reinhardt
October 5, 2019

Perfectly friendly and professional atmosphere. All of the staff are interested in creating a lasting relationship.

Patrick Brent King
August 11, 2018

I am also an acupuncturist Licensed in California and New York. I was valedictorian of my 2012 class at PCOM NYC. I worked in a busy Chinese Herbal pharmacy in New York City while in school. I have always sought out the best teachers in my profession. I have had the privilege to come to Washington and study with Bob Doane. He is highly respected with in our acupuncture community. Seattle/ Poulsbo is very lucky to have him in their community, but as I was there with Bob I realized that people come from all over the globe to be seem and treated by him. For those of you reading reviews, I highly recommend Bob and AWCPS as he is one of the best in our field. For so many conditions Chinese medicine can truly do miracles as it brings the body back to balance. But if your looking for a quick fix and your unwilling to invest in your health, this may not be the best fit for you.

Brittani Temple
March 26, 2024

Best experience I have ever had with a doctor. All the staff members are thorough and make me feel comfortable. This is the healthiest I've ever felt and I know it's because of this team.

Brittany M
December 22, 2017

Been going to these guys for years. Kyleen is amazing. I first started coming for nausea issues back in 2015. They got me in the day after calling and were able to provide me with instant relief - my regular GP could not ID my problem and had already racked up $800 worth of tests and could not provide me with any relief. The nausea issue was completely resolved with the clinic after a few months. However during the treatment I was able to continure living my life. Which I was not able to before. Kyleens bedside manner is incredible. I feel like all my issues are addressed immediately and with great care. Bob can come across as rather brash, but he definitely knows his field.

September 19, 2019

Huge improvement in symptoms after just a few weeks of prescribed herbs and diet! Staff is a pleasure to work with. Looking forward to continued progress and treatment, thanks guys!

Sydney Lynn
June 30, 2019

Amazing. That is all.

Carl Patty
November 16, 2023

Came to get a little pain relief. Almost 3 and a half months in and down 42 pounds. I haven't felt this good in decades. Bob, Anna, Ashley and the rest of the staff are wonderful.

Sharon Melton
May 25, 2018

if u have issues that regular medicine hasn't helped, try Chinese really works...

Maria Jaimes
August 4, 2020

Great people, great place to treat your health problems.

Marcia Patty
September 27, 2023

This has been an amazing experience. We new we were at a point with our health that something had to change drastically. Weight loss, energy, less pain, it's amazing. The staff is awesome too.

Health Healy
May 23, 2019

Everyone is amazing. All very caring fantastic people. Helped me more than I can say. Thanks guys!

Nordic American
August 19, 2021

The Wellness Center has literally changed my life for the better. I was taking prescription medications for a form of RA and with the expertise of Robert Doane and staff, I no longer have any symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and have completely eliminated two of three medications. I am absolutely thrilled and thankful. I highly recommend The Wellness Center.

Nola Burgess
March 2, 2017

Great treatment and therapy; highly recommend for a variety of conditions

Teresa Summers
April 12, 2018

The very best of every thing healthy.

Ron Smith
August 1, 2018

Great people, very Zen

Andrew Layton
August 6, 2019

Great experience, I will use AWC for my primary care. Place is very clean and professional, The staff are knowledgeable and helpful. They were ready for me at appointment time and spent one on one time explaining my medical condition and health challenges in plain easy to understand language. For those who need an alternative or an exit from the conventional western medical system, AWC is a confidence inspiring choice.

Alan Herold
October 23, 2019

Fabulous experience. Exceptional, highly trained, devoted staff.

jerry bannister
February 23, 2020

Great experience with the staff and appreciate all the explanations on acupuncture and our program we have set up. first time for me, they really do make it easy being driven by their desire to make my life better. Look forward to the next year, Jerry Bannister

Lona Garner
April 16, 2019

Wow! Believe them!

Kyle Baumgartner
June 11, 2019

They are the best at what they do. Hands down.

Elizabeth Feldman
September 5, 2019

Chinese medicine for the win

Marcus Gadau
May 22, 2014

I had the pleasure of graduating from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in China with honors. I went on to complete a PhD program at Hong Kong Baptist University in scientific research in Chinese Medicine. I have traveled throughout China for years researching luminaries in our medicine. I speak Mandarin and because of this I have been able to spend time with some of the most famous Chinese Doctors of Northern China at the time. I can say unequivocally that Bob Doane is one of the very best practitioners I have ever seen. His results are nothing short of miraculous and his methods are a beautiful blend of modern and ancient medicine. The DNA and MPD systems are incredible and are a must for those who want to produce significant clinical results with Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Michael Greer
February 16, 2019

The Best. I've never felt or looked better!

Ron Erickson
December 21, 2019

A first class professional organization. Great staff and it’s Chinese medicine practitioners are world renowned. Worth a trip from Seattle or beyond to avail yourself of expert diagnostics and treatment.

Joe and Luci Patrick
September 29, 2019

When I started here 6months ago I knew my health was very poor. I was way over weight and knew that my heart would be bad and I would have diabetes if I didn't do something soon. I needed medications daily for pain, swelling, acid reflux, restless legs, cramps in all of my muscles including around my heart. I was weak and got short of breath just trying to tie my shoe. In the last six months, I have lost 40lbs and still working, I am off all my medications and doing well, my pain level has gone from a 9/10 most everyday to a 0-1/10 daily. I do not have swelling, and my energy level has climbed back to when I was in my 30's. I am sleeping well and best of all, I am no longer putting chemicals in my body that don't belong there. The people who work here are kind and understanding and were never judgmental, just helpful and encouraging. Its worth every penny I have spent. If you are considering it, try it. Ive never regretted the decision to fully commit

January 15, 2023

Excellent care and great staff. I highly recommend them.

Embark on Your Journey to Relief

Don’t let fibromyalgia hold you back any longer. Discover the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine and find the relief you’ve been searching for at Acupuncture & Wellness Center, P.S., outside Seattle, WA. Our team is here to support and guide you every step of the way. With individualized care and a holistic approach, you can embrace a life with reduced symptoms from fibromyalgia and heightened well-being.