Herbs For Fibromyalgia Remedies
Fibromyalgia pain is often accompanied by anxiety,
depression, chronic fatigue,
and insomnia. This collection of symptoms make fibromyalgia a classic example
of a disorder that affects both the body and the emotions, though it is hardy
alone in this. Herbal treatment are more effective for fibro because herbs and aromatherapy work holistically on both the mind and body levels. A herbal approach
treatment will include herbs that address adrenal gland support, stress management,
and pain relief, as well as
emotional needs. Homemade herbal oils and teas, baths and aromatherapy recipes can help you relieve the muscle aches, pain, fatigue and depression that are symptomatic of fibromyalgia.
The symptoms of fibromyalgia can be lessened with herbal remedies that warm
the body, improve circulation, and reduce inflammation and pain. Five herbs
that should top your list of home treatment are cayenne, white
willow, lavender, rosemary,
- Cayenne contains capsaicin which offers the long term benefit of reducing the intensity of pain signals sent from the nerves, and may be one of the best topical therapies for fibro. Using
cayenne oil in combination with menthol works like an herbal "icy/hot" treatment.
- Ginger root is warming and improves poor circulation which is a common
problem in fibro. Ginger can be taken as a tea, used as a bath additive,
or infused in olive oil for a
herbal oil treatment.
- Add a whole body massage with lavender oil in the evening, and rosemary
oil in the morning to your daily routine. It is best to do your self massage
in a quiet, warm room, with awareness of how you feel emotionally as well
- The traditional Chinese practice of moxibustion involves the burning of mugwort to
stimulate the flow of qi and fast relief from aching muscles and sore points.
You will often be able to receive this treatment from an acupuncture clinic.
At home you can light a "cigar" rolled with dried mugwort, and bring the glowing
end near the painful area and move it around in small, slow spirals until
the heat becomes too intense. Pain relief often lasts for twelve or more
hours. Mugwort also makes a very grounding and relaxing tea.
- A daily cup or two of willow bark tea provides
the equivalent of a low aspirin dose, without the stomach upset that aspirin
can cause. It can take a few weeks to build up in your system before you
notice a difference.
- Getting enough magnesium in your diet is needed to moderate pain response. Large amounts are available in oatstraw or
nettle infusions, whole grains, legumes and leafy greens.