Fibromyalgia is a painful and often misunderstood condition, affecting approximately 5.8 million Americans, and is most common in women aged 20-50. Often, fibromyalgia is misdiagnosed and patients suffer with chronic pain. Fortunately, there are herbs for fibromyalgia that can help with the symptoms, so hang in there, for there really is help for the pain!
While the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, there are some things to seem to be triggers of fibromyalgia, including:
• Trauma – physical or emotional
• Sleep disturbances
• Low levels of serotonin
Fibromyalgia symptoms often mimic arthritis, but with fibromyalgia, but fibromyalgia does not cause persistent swelling and deformed joints. Common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
• Widespread pain
• Overall anxiety
• Memory problems — known as “fibro fog”
• Body aches
• Facial pain
• Lack of concentration
• Areas of tenderness including the back of the neck, hips, shins, elbows, shoulders, sternum, lower back, and the knees
• Sleep disturbances
• Reduced exercise tolerance
• Tension or migraine headaches
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Morning stiffness
• Painful menstrual cramps
• Swelling, numbness, and tingling of the extremities
While you might not experience all these fibromyalgia symptoms, almost everyone with fibromyalgia experience areas of tenderness, widespread pan, and fatigue.
Herbs for Fibromyalgia
The following herbs have been found helpful at treating many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia:
- St. John’s Wort is commonly used to treat depression, which is a common symptom of fibromyalgia.
- Meadowsweet is an effective herb for pain relief.
- Chamomile can help induce sleep, lessen anxiety and decrease menstrual cramps.
- Echinacea supports the immune system and may help prevent infections. Take at Cayenne is good for relieve of migraine or tension headaches. It can also be used for muscle pains and is a common ingredient in over the counter creams and ointments.
- Kava kava helps to relieve anxiety.
- Lavender relieves insomnia and depression.
- Passionflower relieves insomnia, stress, and anxiety.
- Dong quai can be effective in regulating female problems related to the menstrual cycle.
- Gingko can improve your memory and concentration.
- Boswellia with safflower extract can help with pain relief.
- Feverfew is often used for relief of headaches, stomach aches and menstrual cramps.
- Ginger is commonly used for joint and muscle pain. Few side effects have been linked to ginger.
- Thunder God Vine has been used in traditional Chinese medicine, and treats symptoms such as muscle pain, joint pain, inflammation, and menstrual cramps. Thunder god vine may cause side effects
- Valerian has been used to treat sleep disorders and anxiety. Valerian is considered to be safe for short-term use.
- White willow bark is a pain-relieving herb that can effectively treat the body aches that are common in fibromyalgia.
These herbs for fibromyalgia should help with your symptoms. If taking medication, consult with your physician before using herbs. If these herbs do not alleviate symptoms of fibromyalgia, make an appointment with your physician, who may prescribe medication.
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