Regular medicines alone rarely provide much relief to people suffering from fibromyalgia. Many such people have found comfort in fibromyalgia natural remedies. Prescription medicines have many side effects and can make you dependent on them when taken for long periods. Natural remedies for fibromyalgia do not have this problem.
Here are some fibromyalgia natural remedies which have healed many fibromyalgia sufferers.
Fibromyalgia Natural Remedies – #1 Flower Essence
Flower Essences have recently become a popular natural remedy for fibromyalgia. They are used to treat symptoms of FMS (treatment for fibromyalgia) like chronic pain and fatigue.
Here are some of the different flower essences which are helpful in treating fibromyalgia.
- Gentian – Prevents depression
- Olive: Reduces mental, emotional and physical fatigue
- Cherry plum: Improves overall mental health
- Century – It increases overall strength and stamina
- Rock rose & Red Chestnut- Decreases anxiety
- Aspen – Decreases chances of panic attach or anxiety
Fibromyalgia Natural Remedies – #2 Enzyme Therapy
Enzymes are chemicals naturally found in plants and herbs and have been used for treating diseases for centuries.
Supplements containing enzymes can boost the energy level in fibromyalgia patients and also make their immune system stronger.
The bodies of some fibromyalgia patients find it difficult to break down and digest carbohydrates and fats. This is because their body has a deficiency of the enzymes needed for properly digesting fats and carbohydrates. This makes their digestive system and immune system weak.
FMS patients who undergo digestive enzyme therapy have been known to experience much relief from their symptoms. As the body receives the enzymes it was lacking earlier it becomes easy for the cells to receive proper nutrition. This restores the natural balance in the digestive system and immune system.
Some of the commonly used enzyme supplements which provides relief from CFS and FMS symptoms are as follows.
PureZyme is an enzyme supplement which contains proteases. It assists in the digestion of proteins and prevents inflammation of digestive tract.
DigestZyme restores the body’s pH balance
OxiCellZyme contains enzymes to assist in digestion of food and breakdown of proteins.
Check with your doctor before you begin taking any enzyme supplements.
Fibromyalgia Natural Remedies – #3 Products containing Emu oil
Emu is a huge native bird of Australia. The oil extracted from its fat is known as Emu oil. Products containing Emu oil are used as a natural treatment for fibromyalgia pain symptoms.
Emu oil contains omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids and also oleic acid.
When Emu oil is applied on the skin it quickly penetrates deep into the tissue and provides relief from joint pain and muscle pain. It has anti-inflammatory properties and so it is used for treating arthritis and skin burns.
Emu oil can also provide relief from other fibromyalgia symptoms like hair loss, sprains, muscle spasms, headaches, eye irritation and skin rashes.
It is especially powerful in treating vulvodynia in women suffering with fibromyalgia. Usually vulvodynia is treated with antibiotics and creams which can further irritate the skin around the vulva. But emu oil can provide a natural treatment for this problem without any additional irritation or side effects.
Emu Oil is also available in form of capsules. It is best to try different types of products containing emu oil to find out which is best for you.
Fibromyalgia Natural Remedies – #4 Magnesium and Malic Acid Supplements
Research on many fibromyalgia patients have shown that taking a supplement containing magnesium and malic acid over long periods of time provides great relief from soft tissue pain and muscle pain symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Both magnesium and malic acid play a significant role in the creation and movement of ATP, the body’s natural source of energy. Since about 20 percent of ATP is generated in the brain, decreased levels of magnesium can cause ‘brain fog’ and affect mental performance.
It is also used in the generation of a hormone called serotonin which is used by the body to transmit pain signals. FMS patients have much lower levels of serotonin compared to normal people.
Malic Acid is a natural substance produced in many plants and fruits. It also is involved in the creation of energy in the body. It increases the endurance and stamina of muscles.
Studies in which fibromyalgia patients were treated with malic acid and magnesium supplements show that patients experienced great relief from their pain symptoms within 2 days of consuming these minerals.
Fibromyalgia Natural Remedies – #5 Reflexology Therapy
Reflexology therapy is a special kind of massage therapy in which pressure is applied to certain parts of a person’s hands and feet. These parts of the hands and feet are internally connected to various other organs and body parts. By targeting specific parts to apply pressure, a reflexologist different can treat different types of pains and symptoms in various body parts.
Reflexology is different from regular therapeutic massage. Normal massage tries to remove pain and tension from the muscles but reflexology heals body parts and organs which cannot be touched directly, by influencing them indirectly through various external pressure points. It is somewhat similar to acupressure.
A study conducted on people with FMS who underwent reflexology treatment for 4 weeks showed that all patients experienced significant improvement in their symptoms without any side effects.
Fibromyalgia sufferers who received reflexology therapy experienced relief from body pain, decrease in fatigue, better sleep, lesser depression and better mental clarity.
Natural Remedies for Depression
More than half of all fibromyalgia patients experience depression. Prescription drugs aren’t always successful in treating their depression or even if it does there are some kinds of side effects.
The herb St. John’s Wort has been used for treating depression for many years worldwide. It prevents depression by influencing the neurotransmitters which control mood. It also provides relief from anxiety and stress. Do NOT take this herb along with other prescription anti-depressant drugs. Check with your doctor before you begin using it.
Natural remedies for Muscle and Joint Pain
Almost all fibromyalgia sufferers experience some kind of muscle or joint pain. The element capsaicin present in Cayenne pepper is effective in decreasing inflammation and reducing muscle pain. Cayenne is applied externally to the areas of the body which are sore.
Natural remedies for Boosting Immune System
Some doctors believe that fibromyalgia is caused because of a defect in the immune system because of which the body is unable to repair damaged tissues and muscles. Echinacea and garlic has been proven to increase blood circulation and boost the delivery of nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. This helps to revive the immune system and decreases many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Natural Remedies for Sleep Problems
Many women with fibromyalgia find it difficult to fall asleep or even if they sleep they still feel tired when they wake up. This can lead to fatigue throughout the day. Valerian root and skullcap herb are two natural remedies which can restore natural restful sleep. Ginseng tea can help to boost your energy level and prevent fatigue all day long.