Palliating fibromyalgia with natural medicine

Natural medicine can help to alleviate the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. The dominating symptom is musculo-skeletal pain. It affects the muscles and the areas where the muscles are joined to the bones such as ligaments and tendons.

The pain is also combined with inexplicable fatigue, sleep disorders, headaches, depression, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, vestibular disorders and genitourinary symptoms, amongst others.

The origin of fibromyalgia is unknown. The symptoms are linked to stress, sleep disturbances and bio-chemical, immunological and endocrine abnormalities. Natural medicine treats fibromyalgia from many different perspectives, not just the pain and fatigue.

Fibromyalgia: Natural medicine

Natural medicine can help to minimise the symptoms, but this must be done in conjunction with a tailored diet.

A vegan diet can reduce the pain of fibromyalgia and remove the need for painkillers. It can also ease discomfort in the morning, depression and the number of areas affected by the pain.

Natural medicine can be used as a base treatment together with nutrients and anti-oxidants. It is important to partake in moderate exercise such as yoga, walking and tai chi.

Vitamin B1 or Thiamin

B1 should be taken in a dose of 50 to 500 miligrams per day with food. The best results are obtained when thiamin is taken with vitamin B6 and magnesium. Patients with fibromyalgia don’t metabolise thiamin correctly.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is administered together with thiamin. Vitamin B6 (in the form of pyridoxal phosphate) will be taken in a dosage of 50 to 200 milligrams per day with food. Vitamin B6 normalises the metabolism of Thiamin.

MSM or methylsufonylmethane

A supplement of MSM improves symptoms in many patients. MSM is a source of organic sulphur. MSM has anti-inflammatory and painkilling effects.

MSM also increases blood flow. MSM should be given in a dose of 500 milligrams per day with food, depending on the severity.

Tryptophan and 5-HTP

The levels of tryptophan and serotonin that are found in the plasma of fibromyalgia sufferers can be lower than average. 50 to 300 milligrams of 5-HTP should be taken each day, in between meals, depending on the severity.

5HTP reduces the subjective intensity of pain and the level of pain in hypersensitive areas. It also decreases muscle stiffness. 5-HTP can improve the quality of sleep as well as anxiety and fatigue.

If 5-HTP is combined with hypericum and magnesium, positive results can be achieved.

Co-enzyme Q10, NADH and Ginko biloba

Co-enzyme Q10 together with Ginko biloba can improve the quality of life. Co-enzyme Q10 is an anti-oxidant that stimulates energy, reducing chronic fatigue in the patient. Ginko biloba increases blood circulation.

The effects of the anti-oxidant NADH on fibromyalgia have been studied.  When the patient has taken NADH, an increase of energy and a reduction of fatigue can be noticed.

Selenium and Vitamin E

Serum levels of selenium can sometimes be low in these patients. An inadequate intake of selenium is linked to muscular pain. The patient should take a daily dose of 150 milligrams of Selenium combined with 150 international units of Vitamin E.

Ginger (Zinziber officinale)

Ginger inhibits the release of “Substance P”, which is higher than average in fibromyalgia sufferers. Ginger aids joint mobility. It also has anti-inflammatory and painkilling properties.

Others

Vitamin C, arginine, acetyl-L-cartinine, hydrolytic enzymes such as bromelain and magnesium.

There isn’t a known cure for fibromyalgia. The natural medicines mentioned in this article can help towards reducing the amount of traditional painkillers that are so extensively used in fibromyalgia patients. With this, we avoid the side-effects that are associated with the long-term use of painkillers.

Many studies and randomised clinical trials have been conducted with these natural medicines.

These studies demonstrate that a high percentage of fibromyalgia sufferers noticed an improvement that was not seen in the placebo. The aim is to improve the quality of life and minimise side effects.

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