Fibromyalgia is commonly referred to as FM or FMS. This medical condition is typically characterized by chronic pain in many parts of the body. Another very common characteristic of the condition is allodynia, which is extreme pain caused even due to slight pressure on any part of the body. However, pain is not the only defining characteristic of the disease which is the reason the term fibromyalgia syndrome is also used.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for fibromyalgia. Sufferers have shown improvement in their condition and have responded well to treatment. However, these treatments aren’t holistic in nature. This is one reason fibromyalgia cannot be cured. But there is hope in herbal remedy for patients of fibromyalgia.
It is important to take these herbal remedies regularly for a period of 4-5 months in order to improve the symptoms associated with the condition. There are some herbs that will improve the condition quickly, while some may take time. Therefore, it becomes necessary to take them regularly.
The herbal remedies for fibromyalgia are recommended only for adults. In case of children, an herbalist must be consulted before administering the remedies. Some herbs tend to disrupt the normal functioning of the body organs in children which can lead to growth impediment. Only chamomile and lavender can be used safely on children though it is important to know how to use them and in what quantity.
Chamomile is a widely known herb that is best consumed in tea form. There are many people who consume chamomile tea for losing weight. Not many are aware of the medicinal qualities of the herb which make it an excellent cure for many ailments. Drink at least three cups of chamomile tea every day for curing various conditions including fibromyalgia.
Drinking chamomile tea will not only help treat fibromyalgia but also help one sleep better by reducing stress and anxiety levels in the body. Chamomile is also known to strengthen the immune system thus reducing one’s chances of catching infections easily.
Echinacea is again an excellent herb for treating the pain associated with fibromyalgia. The herb directly affects the nervous system which helps alleviate the pain caused by slightest of pressures. The herb also boosts the immune system and reduces the chances of infection. Some people also drink concoction of this herb as soon as they feel the onset of a cold.
However, this herbal remedy for fibromyalgia is not recommended in children. The herb has proved to be too strong for children. Echinacea can be consumed in tea form like chamomile. Dried Echinacea is available in many ayurvedic and herbal stores. Drink two cups of the herbal tea every day to keep the fibromyalgia pain away. Capsule form of the herb is also available. Consult a herbalist for the dosage of the capsules.
Lately, cayenne has been made popular as a weight loss herb. However, cayenne is also helpful in alleviating muscular pains including migraines and headaches. This is one reason the herb is widely used in the treatment of fibromyalgia.You can either take cayenne capsules for reducing muscular pain or apply it locally on the area that hurts.However, for applying it locally, the herb should be made into an ointment or balm.
Ginger is a herb that is quite popular for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. The herb is widely used for curing various ailments including cold, sore throat, stomach upset and fever. However, it is also an excellent remedy for curing the various symptoms associated with fibromyalgia including pain. Applying poultice prepared from ginger on the painful parts of the body can help reduce inflammation of the area.
Ginseng may not directly treat the pain associated with fibromyalgia but the consumption of the herb is known to bring down stress and anxiety levels. For this reason ginseng is recommended in case of fibromyalgia. By reducing stress in the body, the herb helps the patients sleep better at night.
Relaxed and peaceful sleep is very important in this condition. Buy only Panax Ginseng for consumption and check for the quantity of ginsenocides given on the box. The herbal supplement should contain 10% of ginsenocides for best results.
Goldenseal is another popularly used herb for treating various ailments. The herb is also very helpful in reducing inflammation caused by muscular pain. For this reason, the herb is recommended to fibromyalgia patients. The herb should be consumed in tea form as it also helps with detoxification of the body.
Removing toxins from the system can reduce the intensity of pain associated with fibromyalgia. However, goldenseal is not be used for longer than one month. The herb is definitely not for long term use. If your condition has shown improvement after consumption of goldenseal then you can begin its consumption again after a period of 2-3 weeks.
Kava kava is not a commonly known herb but ayurvedic medicine makes use of this herb extensively because it helps deal with stress, anxiety and nervousness. Fibromyalgia patients suffer from stress and nervousness which often tends to worsen their pain. However, the herb is not to be consumed on a long term basis. Therefore, it is best to consult your doctor and herbalist before treating fibromyalgia with kava kava.
Treatment of fibromyalgia using lavender is akin to aromatherapy. This is one reason it is absolutely safe for children. Lavender is known to reduce stress and anxiety by promoting a feeling of wellness and peacefulness in individuals. The herb helps one sleep better at night. Therefore, it is recommended that lavender be sprayed on pillows and bed sheets. You can even keep dried lavender flowers between the sheets and sofa covers to calm your mind.
The herb is normally used for treating problems associated with menstruation in women. This is one reason the herb is not recommended for use in pregnant women. The herb can cause miscarriage by making the uterine walls contract. Otherwise, the herb is safe to use and greatly helps alleviate the muscular pain of fibromyalgia.
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