Natural Treatment Options for Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia (FM) is an often-misunderstood chronic illness with almost no visible symptoms and no known cure. Characterised by musculoskeletal pain, mood disorders, fatigue and memory issues, this illness can affect anyone at any stage of life, either after a traumatic event or as gradually worsening conditions.
Constant pain throughout the body is one of the chief complaints of fibromyalgia sufferers, affecting their sleep and emotional state. One may find it hard to hold down a job due to an inability to focus for long periods of time, and ongoing fatigue. (For more comprehensive information on this condition please read the full article from the Mayo Clinic here.)
While the cause and successful treatment of this illness remain elusive, doctors believe that abnormal levels of brain chemicals change over time, becoming more sensitive and overreacting to pain signals.
Have you found standard treatments to be ineffective? Anti-depressants and painkillers are the go-to options, but perhaps you’d like to consider a few more natural treatments which may assist you.
Yoga for Fibromyalgia
A study on the effect of yoga on the pain associated with fibromyalgia was published in the Journal of Pain Research and says, in part, “The results suggest that a yoga intervention may reduce pain and catastrophizing, increase acceptance and mindfulness, and alter total cortisol levels in women with FM.”
It’s an interesting point that the study makes on mindfulness, which follows similar reasoning to Australian Dr Lewis’ study on the positive effects of meditation on the mind and body. A calming and restful mental and emotional state help the body to heal and can have a positive impact on changing brain function.
5-HTP for Fibromyalgia
WebMD describes 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) as “A building block of serotonin. Serotonin is a powerful brain chemical, and serotonin levels are thought to play a significant role in fibromyalgia pain.” There have been some side effects from this treatment, however, and you should always consult a qualified doctor before starting any treatment program.
There are many other natural options which have assisted in the relief of FM symptoms which include acupuncture, Tai Chi, massage, St John’s Wort, grape seed extract, Siberian ginseng, and magnesium supplements.
We encourage you to talk with Dr Sanua who has a range of natural treatment options to assist in the management of fibromyalgia and other illnesses.