Definition of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease, and symptoms of it are pain in the muscles ligaments or tendons, accompanied with fatigue and multiple tender points in the body especially in the upper chest, neck, hips, low back, shoulders, upper back, elbow, and tights. According to latest statistic figures, between 3 to 6 million people in U.S. alone suffers from Fibromyalgia, and most of them are women between ages of 30 and 50.
Apart from feeling of pain when tender points are pressured, patients with Fibromyalgia may also suffer from poor concentration, painful menstrual periods, headaches, sleep disorders, TMJ disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, anxiety, numbness in the feet and hands, restless legs syndrome, and heightened sensitivity to touch, bright lights, noises and odors.
Supplements and Herbs for Fibromyalgia
Here is a list of some of the most common herbs and supplements for Fibromyalgia treatments. Before try any of this, it would be best to consult your doctor for instruction of dosage and a way of use.
This is an ingredient found in chili peppers, and it can successfully relieve pain. It comes in a form of a cream, and it is applied on the skin directly, around painful areas, four times per day, for a period of four weeks.
Several medical studies shows that people with chronic fatigue syndrome and Fibromyalgia have lower levels of vitamin B12 in their bodies. So it is very important that people with Fibromyalgia problems have enough of vitamin B12 and its supplements in their daily diet.
5-HTP is a supplement that is very efficient in cases of Fibromyalgia. It is believed that this supplement raises the levels of neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain, thus reducing the number of painful and tender points in the body.
There is some indications that vitamin D deficiency may be one of the causes of Fibromyalgia. Several studies show that enough daily intake of vitamin D can relieve Fibromyalgia symptoms, and also help with cases of depression and anxiety.
Magnesium is a mineral that can be found in many types of food, like nuts, seeds, whole grains, nutritional supplement and green leafy vegetables. Over 300 various biochemical reactions in the body needs magnesium in order to function properly. In cases of Fibromyalgia, magnesium, together with malic acid which is fruit acid found in apples, help generate more energy in the cells of the body.
You should control your daily intake of magnesium, because higher quantities of magnesium may have side effects like confusion, low blood pressure or nausea.