Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Herbs for Fibromyalgia

Little White Daisies Trying to Caress my Feet ~  Photo by me

While wandering around Google today, I stumbled across this article. I already own one of those books. I can't wait to try some of these herbal solutions...

Herbs for Fibromyalgia
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Herbs for Fibromyalgia

it is key to know exactly what it is. Fibromyalgia (also known as fibromyalgia syndrome) was confused with rheumatism until quite recently. When people complain of rheumatism, fibromyalgia was quite possibly what they had without realizing it. Now it is recognized as a specific disease, those suffering with it and if it is properly diagnosed they stand a better chance of finding relief.

Fibromyalgia is a common form of arthritis and affects more women than men.  It is more common in those 50 years old and older but has been know to affect people younger.  There are symptoms of this illness that include:
  • The most common symptoms are pain in muscles and joints.  This can sometimes be accompanied by numbness.
  • Fibromyalgia sufferers also feel very stiff, especially first thing in the morning.  They may also have a feeling of extreme fatigue and have trouble sleeping.  The pain of migraine headaches in some sufferers also occur.
  • Many who have fibromyalgia have an increased sensitivity to pain and cold weather.
No wonder Fibromyalgia is so hard to diagnose!  These symptoms are quite common and appear together quite often especially in older people.  That’s why it’s important to get checked out if you suspect that you may be experiencing symptoms of fibromyalgia and decide if you want to consider herbs for fibromyalgia.
A cure for fibromyalgia is probably some years away, but can be managed and treated quite successfully. Fibromyalgia pain affects the muscles and ligaments may also be affected.  Thus most treatments focus on relieving this.  The diagnosis of this disease is difficult, but those experiencing symptoms of fibromyalgia will be offered the same treatment if the disease is formally diagnosed or not
Exercise is vital, this will help strengthen the muscles and bring some pain relief.  It is most important to gently stretch the muscles before starting any exercise, start slowly and accumulate over time.  Walking and swimming are both great exercises for fibromyalgia.  The use of heat to the affected areas often bring relief. Gentle massage can also help.
Some of the most common herbs for the different symptoms of fibromyalgia include the following:
  • St. John’s wort is known a natural substitute for prescription antidepressants.  The drug positively affects adrenal gland hormones to help in managing stress.  The herb St. John also influence the nerves and is good for nerve pain.  A dose of 100mg three times a day has been shown to improve some symptoms of fibromyalgia. (Caution: Do not drink if the prescription antidepressants.)
  • Siberian ginseng is an herb that boost of energy that can help deal with the fatigue caused by fibromyalgia. It’s recommended that you select a eleutherosides extraction with 0.8 percent and take 100 – 300mg per day.  Siberian ginseng too close to bedtime can cause insomnia and take care not to exceed the recommended dosage.  After six to eight weeks is to take the two-week break, then again for another six to eight weeks. (Caution: do not take to heart medications or blood pressure)
  • Turmeric assists to reduce inflammation and pain. You can take this in capsule form three times a day, or alternatively try to dissolve half a teaspoon of turmeric powder in water.
  • Garlic detoxifies and builds the immune system. Consider a daily intake of 5,000 mcg of allicin three a day.  And Kyolic aged garlic is even better.  (Warning: large amounts of garlic can hinder blood clotting capacity of blood).
  • Ginkgo biloba enhances blood circulation and may improve memory function of the brain, although this is not proven.
  • The root of devil’s claw is a natural alternative to anti-inflammatory medicines, and can be used to cure rheumatic disorders. It also acts as effective analgesia.
  • Also, willow bark, which aspirin is derived, is an anti-inflammatory and serves as effective pain reliever.
  • Licorice root provides benefits similar to cortisone, but without the risk of artificially produced counterparts. (Caution: Do not use if you have high blood pressure)
  • Dandelion reduces pain and strengthens the connective tissue.  You should try for a product of 1 tbsp. tea or juice 1 cup twice a day from four to up to six weeks.
  • The root of valerian, skullcap and enhances sleep.
  • Teas brewed from dandelion, burdock root and red clover can provide treatment for fibromyalgia purifying the blood circulation and building the immune system. Mixed up or used as herbal teas, you will want to try for a product from 4 to 6 cups daily.
  • The local use of pepper powder with oil of wintergreen can relieve muscle pain.  Capsaicin Pepper has an ingredient that prevents the release of neurotransmitters responsible for relaying the pain signals that convey sensations of pain. For each 1 part pepper powder, use 3 parts wintergreen oil.
  • Grape seed and pine-bark extracts are natural anti-inflammatory drugs. They relieve pain. A good product is 50 times two or three milligrams, per day.
  • Ginger is a great substitute for aspirin to relieve pain.  You can take this as a powdered root ginger and take charge of the grid or as a tea.
With herbs for fibromyalgia the list of natural treatments for fibromyalgia is growing all the time.  The good news is for anyone looking for natural treatments for fibromyalgia that there are many to consider. Self-help for fibromyalgia is more readily available now than ever been before. However, it is important that you speak with your own doctor before you start taking any herbal alternative to try and manage their symptoms of fibromyalgia.

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