Female’s body seems to be less favored by nature’s loyalty than male’s is. That is proven when it goes about a condition known as fibromyalgia – chronic widespread pain in the muscles, tendons and ligaments, mostly common for women of middle age. Fibromyalgia used to be called differently – fibrositis, chronic muscle pain syndrome, psychogenic rheumatism and tension myalgias, and only recently acquired this new name. Usually this condition affects shoulders, neck, back, hands, hips and pelvic girdle, although you may feel the mentioned symptoms in any body part.
The most general symptoms, as mentioned, are painful “tender points” at different body parts accompanied by muscle pain. This pain may last for months and often causes muscle stiffness. People with fibromyalgia also suffer from the consequent problems that follow the muscle pain. Patients tend to experience sleep disorders, headaches, facial pain (related to vulnerability of neck and shoulders) and memory and thinking problems (also called “fibro fog”). In people with fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is also a quite common condition. A number of patients find themselves sensitive to odors, noises, touch, and bright lights. Among other fibromyalgia-related symptoms are dizziness, painful menstruation, anxiety and depression.
As in case of many aging-related diseases, the actual causes of fibromyalgia are not defined. Middle-aged women are the target group, but the condition can affect anyone. Those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and any autoimmune diseases are subjected to a higher probability of developing fibromyalgia. Specialists also consider that there’s a higher risk being affected by this condition for the individuals with the family history of fibromyalgia (or genes), injury (especially in the upper spinal region) and changes in muscle metabolism.
As well as there are no obvious causes for fibromyalgia researched, there is no cure for this condition found. Doctors usually suggest exercising and getting enough sleep to get rid of the disturbing symptoms. To reduce the severity of pain and improve sleep patients are usually prescribed analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), antidepressants, muscle relaxants, and sleep pills. Narcotic medications are being avoided since patients may develop addiction while trying to relieve recurrent pain.
Let’s take a look at what herbal medicine has to offer. Single herbs and herbal extracts are suggested by herbalists for relieving fibromyalgia symptoms.
The chemical compounds in chamomile enhance sleep, decrease anxiety and depression, act soothing menstrual cramps and generally improve the immune system functioning. The latter effect is also achieved by regular consumption of Echinacea. This herb is useful for cold symptoms and all sorts of infections, too.
Another herb with antidepressant properties is St. John’s Wort. Although it should be carefully taken since the extracts of the herb increase sun sensitivity.
Ginger provides anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects, the herb also relieves muscle aches and tension, and decreases headaches and nausea related to fibromyalgia.
Ginseng is commonly known for its anti-stress and energy-boosting properties which make it potent against stiffness and other muscle symptoms. This herb is peculiar for some of its extract’s ability to be easily absorbed by human body. So it should be noted that small doses can bring results. An experienced herbalist will give proper directions on using this herb.
Turmeric, with its major compound curcumin, acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. It is good for treating muscle pain and swelling. Also, anti-oxidant chemicals in this herb protect body from damaging toxins.
In addition to the mentioned, there are plenty of other herbs that fibromyalgia patients will find useful and effective against the major and secondary symptoms. An experienced herbalist is ready to give an advice.
I have fibromyalgia and it’s no yoke, I mean joke. I’ve been applying frankincense on my pain and to me Oils and herbal medicines is where it’s going back to. I’m thankful for it’s safer. In my book you have joined the ranks of the Elite in Healing.
I also have Fibromyalgia and degenerative disk. I have had to have surgery and a plate and screw put into my neck. I was tired of taking all of the pain meds so I started taking multi vit, B-12, B-complex, Tumeric, Ginseng, eat fresh ginger everyday. I am only about 3 weeks in but I can tell a huge difference. Starting to feel great…..
I would suggest a good food based multivitamin high in B. Also the Peruvian herb Maca would help with rejuvination
I have had great difficulty in getting family and friends to understand, relate to, and remember the symptoms and experiences I have with fibromyalga. It is”evident” in physical terms, such as a cold, or injury. The above article is helpful, and I would like to try echinacea. I experience fatigue constantly, would anyone have suggestions for the fatigue?