Do you suffer from frequent muscle pain? If you also find yourself grappling with disturbed sleep, irritable bowel syndrome, tiredness, anxiety and feelings of depression, get medical help. You may be suffering from ‘Fibromyalgia’.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder of the central nervous system. There is no specific medicine for treating this condition. Experts recommend a balanced approach for treating fibromyalgia. It is best to club medicines along with proper nutrition and natural remedies for treating fibromyalgia. Your doctor will suggest the therapies best suited to you, which vary from person to person.
Let’s look at some of the alternative ways to treat fibromyalgia:
- Panchakarma and Massage therapy:
Fibromyalgia, in Ayurveda, is a condition of aggravated ‘vata’ imbalance and storing up of ‘ama’ or toxins in the body. Weakened digestion, constipation and fatigue follow. Panchakarma therapies like snehan, swedan, shirodhara, marma etc. help pull out the toxins from the body.
Massage therapy is an excellent way to treat fibromyalgia symptoms. It helps in healing and correcting the vata imbalance in the body. The herbal massage heals the tender tissue and relieves the pain. Organic Tridoshic oil and Organic Ksheerbala oil can be used for massage.
- Acupuncture therapy:
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing therapy. It works on the premise that when energy channels are unblocked in the body, the flow of chi becomes regular. This alleviates pain in the body and various other ailments.
By pricking very thin needles by an acupuncturist at certain angles, pain and other symptoms of fibromyalgia can be relieved temporarily.
- Dietary changes:
a) Diet plays an important role in combating fibromyalgia. Take juice of carrot, beet root and cucumber. Increase the intake of soups, coconut milk, coconut water and cooked vegetables. Increase the intake of garlic to detoxify the body.
b) You may also eat lots of green salad sprinkled with lemon juice and salt. Eat plenty of fresh and juicy fruits to keep your body well nourished.
c) Drink lots of lukewarm water throughout the day to aid cleansing.
d) Avoid ‘vata’ aggravating foods like sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, chickpea etc.
e) Use spices like asafoetida, coriander, turmeric, fennel seeds, black pepper and cumin powder while cooking.
f) Avoid oily, spicy and hard to digest foods. Also, limit the intake of tea, coffee, curd, chocolate, cocoa and alcohol. Avoid eating your dinner too late into the night.
- Yoga, pranayama and meditation:
Yogasanas improve overall blood circulation in your body. This reduces the muscular stiffness and helps increase the mobility in the body. It also helps relieve the pain in the body. Regular practice of yoga and pranayama not only enhances your flexibility but also improves intake of oxygen tremendously. This helps lower the stress hormone cortisol in your blood stream. This in turn makes you feel good, lessens anxiety, lowers depression and makes you experience restful sleep.
Similarly, meditating regularly helps rejuvenate your mind and body. It keeps stress at bay and keeps you in a calm, relaxed and positive state of mind. If you meditate daily, your body goes into a healing mode and body cells get renewed at a faster pace. This greatly helps in alleviating symptoms of fibromyalgia like insomnia, fatigue, depression etc.
Note: Avoid sleeping in daytime or staying up too late at night.
- Herbal remedies:
Herbal remedies help relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia by flushing out bodily toxins:
a) Amalaki helps removes excess pitta imbalance. It improves your digestion and helps detoxify your body.
b) Triphala churna too helps in removing toxins from your intestinal tract, relieves symptoms of IBS and enhances immunity.
c) Daily dosage of Chyawanprash is also beneficial.
d) St. John’s wort is another plant that relieves symptoms of fibromyalgia. It is a natural anti-depressant and helps calm the nerves and relieves stress.
e) Taking ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder in lukewarm water may help reduce pain.
f) Sipping ginger tea also aids digestion and relieves minor aches.
6. Increase Magnesium intake:
Boost the intake of magnesium to counter fatigue, relieve tension and muscular pain in fibromyalgia. Spinach, pumpkin seeds, nuts, avocado, whole grains like brown rice and bananas are full of magnesium.
With the increase in intake of this mineral, the energy levels also go up. It helps relieve chronic fatigue and helps in cell regeneration.
- Heating Pad:
Last but not the least is the moist heating pad you can apply at home. It helps ease off the stiff muscles and lowers the pain in the body. Taking a warm bath is effective in relaxing the tensed muscles and relieving pain.
Manage stress, keep your mind peaceful and positive. Balance your diet, make lifestyle changes, and try alternative therapies and remedies with prescribed medication to manage fibromyalgia better.