Fibromyalgia is an arthritis-related condition that is characterized by generalized muscular pain and fatigue. Fibromyalgia is a recently recognized disorder that is regarded as a chronic condition associated with the experience of non-inflammatory pain and tenderness in muscles, ligaments, joints and fatigue.
Causes: Sleep disturbances may be responsible, in part, for the low energy levels experienced by people with fibromyalgia. There is also evidence that continued sleep problems can lead to muscle pain. This combination of pain and fatigue often limits physical activity and endurance. Some suggest that fibromyalgia is the result of toxins accumulating in the muscles from lactic acid build-up.
Generalized aches or stiffness at many sites for more than three months.
Chronic headache including migraines Generalized fatigue
Neuronal and psychological complaints
Numbness/ tingling sensations
Sleep disorder, particularly timings of cycles
Around the lower vertebra of the neck, middle of knee joint
Fibromyalgia is perceived as a Vata imbalance. Vata is the main imbalance and aggravated Vata destabilizes the nervous system and can create hypersensitivity leading to pain and tenderness. All people with fibromyalgia have two major problems: pain and fatigue. Treatment is focused on managing pain, fatigue, depression, and other symptoms common in fibromyalgia in an attempt to break the cycle of increased sensitivity to pain and decreased physical activity.
Rub the painful area with Arthcare oil. This is very effective for relieving the pain. . Read More on Massage Therapy and Benefits
The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. The following have been used traditionally to treat fibromyalgia:
Arthcare Oil and Capsules: Arthcare is an anti-arthritic herbal formula which not only gives a sure relief in rheumatic arthritis but also strengthens the bone tissues, the skeletal and the neuromuscular systems, giving a comfortable movements of joints and muscles. It is a powerful antioxidant and increases the energy level. Arthcare penetrates the body tissue faster than any other ointment because of its strong anti-inflammatory action. It removes stiffness and improves mobility of limbs. It brings relief from backaches, muscular strains, rheumatic pains, joint pains etc. More..
Shallaki also known as boswellia (Boswellia serrata): In clinical trials, promising results were observed in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, chronic colitis, Crohn's disease. Researchers found that standardized Boswellia extract significantly reduced swelling and pain and usually reduced morning stiffness for people with rheumatoid arthritis. Also known as boswella, this herb is native to India, used for centuries by Ayurvedic physicians in arthritis herbal remedies. It has well proven anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects through the inhibition of inflammatory-causing substances, speeding up of cartilage formation, and improved blood supply to the joints. More..
Ashwagandha (Withania somniferum) is an Asian plant of the potato family. Its roots have long been used to treat "rheumatism," high blood pressure, immune dysfunctions, erection problems and also to ease inflammation. Because of all this, it's sometimes called the "Indian ginseng." More..
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Research suggests ginger root inhibits production of prostaglandins and leukotrienes, which are involved in pain and inflammation. In an uncontrolled 1992 Danish study, 56 patients who had either RA, OA or muscular discomfort took powdered ginger. All of those with musculoskeletal pain and three-fourths of those with OA or RA reported varying degrees of pain relief and no side effects, even among those who took the ginger for more than two years.
Menthol and Camphor: The compounds menthol and camphor are found in many over-the-counter backache medications. They are chemicals that can help ease the muscle tightness that contributes to many bad backs. Menthol is a natural constituent of plants in the mint family, particularly peppermint and spearmint, although the aromatic oils of all the other mints contain it as well. Camphor occurs in spike lavender, hyssop and coriander. More..
Garlic is useful for detoxification and to enhance immune system function.
Diet and Nutrition: Following is the diet suggested for the patients suffering form Fibromyalgia and CFS
Vegetable juices and soups
Coconut water and Coconut milk
Juice of carrot, Cucumber, Beetroot
Spices like cumin, coriander, ginger asafetida, garlic, fennel and turmeric.
Cooked vegetables like squash, zucchini and pumpkin
Green salad with a dressing of lemon juice and a little salt
Drink plenty of liquids to help flush out toxins.
Fresh vegetable juices are very good as they supply necessary vitamins and minerals.
The patient of Fibromyalgia and CFS should avoid the following
Eating hot, spicy and fried foods, sweets, foods like brinjal, cabbage, Cauliflower, spinach, broccoli, okra and potatoes. Too much tea, coffee, alcohol, white sugar, yogurt, chocolate, cocoa. Sleeping during the day and staying up late at night Mental tensions like worry, anxiety, fear, stress and grief
Simple Home Remedies:
Two to four cups of Epsom salts in a warm bath can soothe aching muscles.
Excess stress is known to cause or precipitate attacks of fibromyalgia, so stress reduction techniques should be part of the therapy. There are several physical/external therapies that accomplishes this.
Deep breathing is fundamental to stress-reduction. Deep, relaxed inhalations, expanding the entire chest cavity and using the full diaphragm muscle, is vital to deep breathing.
Lymph drainage can be very beneficial, as it helps to detoxify muscle and body tissue.
Take saunas and warm baths, and apply warm compresses and packs to help alleviate the pain.
Ginger Tea. Ginger is a good alternative to aspirin to relieve minor aches and pains. Steep 1 teaspoon of the grated root in 8 ounces of hot water for 10 minutes. Strain. Add honey for taste, if you like.
Yoga for Stress Management and Improved Mental and Emotional Function
It is well documented that fibromyalgia is often worsened by heightened stress, anxiety and mental fatigue. There are hormonal changes and other biochemical responses to stress that can aggravate the nervous system, and the immune response. The sleep disturbance that is often created by fibromyalgia symptoms increases fatigue which in turn increases one's susceptibility to stress which in turn aggravates the fibromyalgia condition. Meditation,Yoga, Pranayama and studying of spiritual philosophy are all recommended for supporting personal healing and relaxation of the mind. Efforts should be made to increase the Sattvic quality of mind.