Fibromyalgia syndrome consists of symptoms, ranging from chronic pain to fatigue, finding the right treatments can be time-consuming and frustrating. Often worsened by stress and anxiety and most of the treatments don't seem to work at all. You can explore Ayurvedic remedies for fibromyalgia, if conventional medications aren't working well for your fibromyalgia. The basic theory behind causes of fibromyalgia is different in Ayurveda and therefore the treatments are different and they give different results as well. The herbal medications for fibromyalgia can help to relieve many of the symptoms of this difficult to treat illness.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition associated with the experience of non-inflammatory pain and tenderness in muscles, ligaments and joints. It responds very well to Ayurvedic and herbal treatment.
Ayurveda is a traditional medical system still practiced in India and the results are amazing in many difficult to treat diseases like fibromyalgia. Ayurveda heals by using naturally sourced herbs, berries, and barks, minerals, yoga, meditation and stress management, people can get rid of many illnesses. There are a lot of herbal remedies for fibromyalgia and many arthritic conditions explained in Ayurveda and have long been used since ancient times in India.
There are many benefits to using natural alternative medicines. Benefits of herbal supplements include:
Many people, who suffer from chronic dreadful diseases, often expect miraculous results from herbal remedies. They actually try herbal remedies as a last hope to their problem. Herbs do give results but it often takes time for herbal remedies to manifest in the body. Take one dose only and wait for a response. Do not double up on doses, even if you feel that the first dose is not working. Be patient and faithful.
Just because herbal remedies come from natural sources, it does not mean that they won't cause side effects. Hot herbs cause heat in the body. Soothing herbs cause colling effect in the body. If someone suffers from heart burn or blood pressure and given heat producing herbs will surely not benefit from that.
Herbal remedies can often be very potent, and should not be taken lightly and should be consumed as advised on the label or preferably as recommended by a herbalist or Ayurvedist.
Herbal remedies often prove very effective in people suffering from fibromyalgia. Herbs can help to treat the wide range of symptoms produced by the fibromyalgia syndrome. They can also help in the following conditions associated with fibromyalgia-
Fibromyalgia can cause depression in most of the patients, as medical drugs and treatments fail to alleviate pain and suffering associated with this problem. Thus depression and mood disorders start to develop. One herbal medication that has been used for years to treat depression is Ashwagandha, found in our stress support.
Stress support helps to alleviate stress and anxiety as well as other painful symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia leads to widespread muscle and joint pain in almost all of the people who suffer from this diseases. Arthritis Support is the herbal remedy for such symptoms commonly found in Fibromyalgia. Arthritis Support contains herbs like Vitex negundo and Commiphora mukul, which help reduce muscle pain and inflammation.
It is thought that fibromyalgia may be the result of an immune system disorder. If you have fibromyalgia, your immune system may be compromised, preventing you from repairing much-needed muscles and tissues. Herbal formulations like Aamvatantak Churna helps a lot to improve the symptoms of Fibromyaliga. This helps to improve the immune system, and reduce a wide variety of symptoms.
Fibromyalgia can also affect the sleep. Some people are unable to get restful sleep, these sleep disorders can contribute to pain and fatigue. Valerian and herbs like Jatamansi found in Stress support can help help restore sleep patterns while Indian ginseng, found in Stress support, Arthritis Support and Aaamvatantak churna helps a lot to combat fatigue caused by sleep disorders. The combination helps a lot by boosting your energy and relieving other symptoms of fibromyalgia as well.
Herbal formulations like Stress Support, Arthritis Support, Aamvatantak Churna, Kaishore Guggul, Yograj guggul, Kumari Saar help a lot in fibromyalgia.
Root Causes of Fibromyalgia (as per Ayruveda)
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Fibromyalgia is created by a variety of physical, mental and social influences and therefore responds well to natural, herbal, and Ayurvedic approach of treatment. Ayurvedic explanation of Fibromyalgia can be given as -It is a disease caused by imbalance in the kinetic energy of the body i.e. Vata. Vata is the physiological energy which generally responsible for stability and activity of nervous system. Fibromyalgia is perceived as a classic Vata imbalance disease.
a) Vata- Vata is the most easily disturbed physiological principle in the body. There are a lot of time-tested dietary, herbal and lifestyle recommendations recommended in Ayurveda to help balance Vata and remove the symptoms caused by its aggravation, which causes painful conditions like fibromyalgia and other fatigue syndromes.
b) Accumulation of "Aama" - Buildup of toxins and impurities
Accumulation of "Aama" i.e. toxins within the body are considered as the root cause of many auto-immune disorders like ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis and diseases like fibromyalgia, according to Ayurveda. The toxins build up in tissues and lead to fatigue like feeling all the time. One of the first influences toxin accumulation has is on the nerve tissue. If toxins continually aggravate the nerve tissue the result can be symptoms of tenderness, pain and hypersensitivity to stimulation.Aama (the toxins) block the channels of circulation to affected areas, thus diminishing the natural cleansing processes of the body and allowing more impurities to accumulate within the tissues.
Cleansing herbs like Kumari Saar ( Aloe vera juice) cleanse the body and open the channels of circulation and removing the accumulated impurities. Herbs found in AamVatantak Churna helps in digestion of 'aama' and reduction in production and accumulation of toxins within the body.
c) Role of stress in Fibromyalgia and other chronic fatigue syndromes
Various stressful conditions are well known to trigger fibromyalgia symptoms. Herbs like Stress support help in adapting more to stressful conditions and handle them more effectively. Meditation and yoga also helps a lot in stressful conditions. Doing "pranayama" yogic breathing exercises help a lot in fibromyalgia and other associated conditions. Remedies useful in Fibromyalgia.
Cleansing- Cleansing helps a lot in fibromyalgia. It is done by using herbs like aloe vera juice and Yakritplihantak Churna. According to Ayurveda the root cause is accumulation of undigested food particles causing fermentation and leading to absorption of free radicals and toxins called 'aama' in the body. That leads to
Diet and nutrition- Diet and nutrition has important role to play in fibromyalgia. Foods that aggravate Vata should be avoided. Fibromyalgia can also get aggravated through improper diet. Some foods are highly Vata producing, thereby increasing excessive sensitivity to pain and aggravating fibromyalgia symptoms.People who suffer from fibromyalgia must understand which foods which are the hardest to digest as they are the foods which are the most clogging and obstructing to circulation These foods have the potential to create toxins (undigested food not only clogs the channels in the body but actually becomes toxic).Light, warm foods are recommended in fibromyalgia. Foods that can easily be digested, contain micronutrients, are easily assimilated into the tissues to rebuild tissue strength. Ayurveda diet programs to improve digestion are important prerequisite for overcoming fibromyalgia, naturally. Prepare foods in ways that create maximum nourishment for the body while simultaneously preventing incomplete digestion and clogged circulation. Improper and incompatible foods can create and aggravate fibromyalgia, but proper nutrition can help a lot to cure it.
Stress management -Yoga postures and Ayurveda flexibility exercises help a lot in fibromyalgia. Most of the diseases are often worsened by heightened stress, anxiety and mental fatigue. There are hormonal changes and other biochemical responses to stress that can aggravate the nervous system and the immune response. Obesity and sleep apnea or snoring can also sometimes cause heightened fibromyalgia symptoms.
Lifestyle and Daily Routine-Lifestyle and daily routine matters a lot in maintaining natural bodily rhythms and biofeedback hormonal systems. It is one of the most important factors for balancing Vata and maintaining stability in the nervous system. Irregular lifestyle and dietary habits leads to disturbed sleep patterns, irregular bowel movements and clogging of the digestive system. Things like what we eat, when we eat, what we do and when we do are important in curing fibromyalgia. If we do not follow the natural principles, the body loses its natural balancing cycles and cannot cleanse or heal itself as effectively. Therefore, regularity in our daily routine can be extremely effective in reducing Vata and other dosha imbalances.
Ayurvedic herbal remedies for fibromyalgia and free radical scavenging - Many Ayurvedic and herbal remedies are appropriate herbal formulas for strengthening digestion, balancing the nervous system and purifying the body of toxins, including free radicals. Free radicals are highly irritating to the physiology at various levels and their presence creates and worsens many disorders, including fibromyalgia. Herbs like aloe vera juice (kumari saar), Amla Saar, Ashwagandha (Arthritis and Stresss Support), Aamvatantak Churna etc. contain powerful anti-oxidants and free radical scavengers. These herbs can also have a holistic influence of balancing and nourishing the entire physiology.These traditional Ayurvedic formulations not only helps in cleansing but also rejuvenates.
Exercise in fibromyalgia - Stretching and yoga postures have a lot of positive effect on fibromyalgia. Daily yoga exercises under trained yoga experts can help you in alleviating the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
There are many herbs which are described in Ayurveda for fibromyalgia. These herbs are useful in all types of arthritis like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other forms of inflammatory joint conditions. Some of them reduce the pain, some reduce inflammation while herbs like Giloy (Tinospora and Ashwagandha ) are helpful in many other autoimmune disorders as well.
Nirgundi (Vitex negundo): Vitex negundo is described in Ayurveda as one of the most potent natural anti-arthritic herbs. It is very effective in controlling pain and inflammation particularly in arthritis and sciatica patients.
Shallaki (Boswellia serrata): Boswellia serrata is a very popular natural anti-inflammatory herb used by Ayurveda physicians all over the world. It is commonly known in India as 'Salai Guggul'. The resin obtained from the tree is purified and then used for pain and inflammation.It relieves arthritis pain naturally without causing any side effects.
Guggul (Commiphora mukul): Commiphora mukul is a known anti-inflammatory agent used by Ayurveda physicians worldwide. The analgesic and anti-inflammatory action is almost immediate. Guggul is also used in weight loss formulas and is effective in reducing weight, thus helping osteoarthritis patients directly and indirectly. It also reduces blood cholesterol levels.
Sonth (Zingiber officinale): It is commonly known as dry ginger. Dry Ginger is another useful anti-inflammatory herb. It also improves appetite and good for digestive and respiratory system. Dry ginger remarkably reduce markers of inflammation in the blood and is a very potent analgesic. Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia): Tinospora is considered as one of the leading immuno-modulator. In Ayurveda, this herb is known as "Amrita". Amrit literally means "elixir for long life span". Recent studies explains it is useful in auto-immune disorders especially Rheumatoid arthritis and gout.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): Ashwagandha is popularly known as Indian ginseng in the west. It has known anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-stress activities. The plant steroids exert anti-inflammatory action where as another active ingredient of this herb root is Withaferin, Which act as a potent stress buster.