Definition of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease with pain in the ligaments, muscles or tendons, followed by pain and fatigue in hips, elbows, shoulders, the upper chest, upper back, neck, low back or tights. Apart from that, patients with fibromyalgia may also suffer from TMJ disorders, sleep disorders, numbness in the hands or feet, anxiety, heightened sensitivity to odors, touch, noises or bright lights, restless legs syndrome, headaches, poor concentration, depression, painful menstrual periods or irritable bowel syndrome.
Causes of Fibromyalgia
Some of possible causes of Fibromyalgia may be low levels of serotonin, mercury or other heavy metal poisoning, poor immune system, adrenal exhaustion, imbalance of cortisol and growth hormone, viral or bacterial infection, allergies, Epstein-Barr virus, Candida albicans, insomnia or sleep disturbances, emotional stress or trauma, and hypothyroidism or hypoglycaemia.
Symptoms of fibromyalgia include muscular pain and tender points at the body. Other symptoms may include dizziness, abdominal pain, headaches, depression and anxiety, memory problems, pain worsening with exertion, swollen lymph nodes, restless legs syndrome and TMJ or Irritable bowel syndrome. When your doctor diagnoses you, he will test 18 tender points on your body and If there are 11 or more, you have fibromyalgia.
Natural Remedies for Fibromyalgia
There are some supplements and herbs that will help control pain and increase energy in cases of fibromyalgia.
Coenzyme Q10 can help with tissue oxygenation which can ease the pain. Some people with fibromyalgia have shown great improvement after taking supplements of Vitamin D. In case that you are not allergic to cayenne pepper, it is great for pain relief and for improving circulation.
Valerian is herb that has great success in curing the fibromyalgia symptoms, due to its beneficial properties on muscle tension relief and sleep restoration. Valerian is one of most powerful natural sedative, and it increases focus and improves the sleep quality in fibromyalgia patients.
Red Clover boosts the body’s immune system, and it is often used in cases of fibromyalgia, because it is very rich in vitamins C and B, which are deficient in all fibromyalgia patients. Capsaicin is an ingredient found in chili peppers, and it comes in a form of a cream, and you can apply it directly on the skin around painful areas, in order to relieve your pain.
Ginseng is one of the oldest herbs used for treatment of fibromyalgia. Ginseng has very powerful immune system stimulation properties, and can help body to fight against viral and bacterial infections.