Fibromyalgia is a chronic inflammatory condition that results in extreme pain in the joints and muscles, as well as fatigue and indigestion. Doctors used to dismiss all claims of fibromyalgia and attributed the pain and discomfort to being all in one’s head. Research now shows that there is indeed some level of miscommunication going on inside the body that leads to the sensation of pain without an external cause.
Natural Solutions for Fibromyalgia
Because there is no external factor causing the pain, fibromyalgia can be difficult to treat. Fortunately for those that suffer from the condition, there are many herbal and natural remedies that can help keep the pain at bay.
These herbs can help address the fatigue that so often accompanies fibromyalgia, and can also help one sleep through the night, even when dealing with pain. Some of these herbs include:
- Cramp bark
- Valerian root
- St. john’s wort
- Lemon balm
- Black cohosh
These herbs are also effective in relaxing the nervous system and reducing the amount and severity of pain felt.
These herbs help your body resist stress. Some adaptogens also encourage sleep and/or strengthen the HPO (hypothalamus, pituitary, gonadal) axis. A handful of these herbs include: ginseng, astragalus, ashwagandha, and licorice.
This class of herbs is probably the most effective in directly treating and reducing pain. Anodyne herbs are able to dull your pain receptors, therefore reducing the amount of pain felt. Some of these herbs are safe for daily consumption, but others should be strictly limited, so make sure you seek expert advice before buying and adding them all to your diet. Some of the most effective anodyne herbs include: yarrow, arnica flowers, St. John’s wort, and ginger.
Often, fibromyalgia can lead to indigestion, cramps, and bloating. If you are suffering from improper digestion, try incorporating some of these herbs into your diet: fennel seed, ginger, chamomile, parsley, cardamom, bee balm, thyme, or peppermint.
These herbs help to strengthen and support the immune system and can help reduce severity and occurrence of fibromyalgia symptoms. Some of the most common immunomodulating herbs include: astragalus, reishi, shiitake, and tulsi.
There are other natural remedies in addition to herbal treatments that may help with fibromyalgia. One option is to take diluted magnesium and directly spray it on the area experiencing pain. If you can’t find a topical solution, opt for a magnesium supplement instead. It has also been suggested that garlic, with its anti inflammatory properties, can help reduce fibromyalgia pain.
Other anti-inflammatory foods that will help reduce symptoms include avocadoes, olive oil, and berries. Professional chiropractic adjustment of the neck and spine may also benefit some fibromyalgia sufferers.
It is especially important to maintain a healthy diet when suffering from fibromyalgia. This means one needs to drink plenty of water, eat plenty of organic fruits and vegetables, avoid highly acidic foods, and try to avoid processed food as much as possible. Regular exercise can also help keep the pain at bay. Try to incorporate 30-60 minutes of cardio activity almost every day.