Herbal Solution To a Debilitating Situation
Debilitating situations due to poor health can be frustrating especially to those who like to be active. Fibromyalgia is a condition that if one is diagnosed could cause a decrease in one’s active lifestyle. If we were to try and summarize a definition for fibromyalgia, we would have to say that fibromyalgia is chronic condition that sets off widespread musculoskeletal pain and tenderness that has lasted for at least a period of 3 months.
The pain and symptoms of fibromyalgia is most commonly felt in the soft tissue, muscle, tendons and joints. Soft tissue is located in several spots on the body such as: the elbow, neck, back, knees, shins, hips and shoulders. The pain is often felt the most at night and the individual suffering from the pain often struggles to find time to sleep and once he or she finally falls asleep the night is often interrupted from the pain and the fibromyalgia patient wakes up stiff, uncomfortable and just plain miserable the next day. The painful spots on the body are referred to as tender spots and are felt in the various locations we have already mentioned. The pain will start in a location such as the knee and then spread out to include the whole leg. Fibromyalgia treatment is designed to help ease pain and allow the sufferer to maintain an active life. Choosing an herbal solution for easing fibromyalgia pain is an excellent and safe treatment.
Which Herbs Work Best?
Currently the most commonly used type of treatment is the use of prescription medications. The prescription medications used for the treatment of Fibromyalgia are Analgesics, Antidepressants, as well as Anti-seizure drugs. However, many of these prescription medications have negative side effects that are far too numerous to list that accompany them. So while a patient may begin to find some relief in regards to their pain, they are bombarded by other problems and issues that are sourced from the prescription medications they are taking for their pain relief. There are alternatives to prescription medications that have proven very successful for the relief of those who suffer from Fibromyalgia. The most commonly used supplements for Fibromyalgia treatment are:
Vitamin D – Research has shown that Vitamin D can help with the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. In fact, one specific study shows that individuals who suffer from Fibromyalgia have lower levels of Vitamin D, thus increasing Vitamin D can help to lessen the symptoms caused by Fibromyalgia.
Fish Oil – Has omega-3 fatty acids which are known to be an anti-inflammatory which makes it an excellent source for reducing the pain associated with Fibromyalgia.
SAMe – This particular supplement is a synthetic form of a compound which the body naturally produces. It is needed for immune function and plays a key role in the forming of cartilage and DNA. Research has shown that SAMe can lessen the symptoms of chronic pain as well as boost an individual’s spirits (good for those also experiencing depression).
Capsaicin – When Capsaicin is used on the tender points of a person who suffers from Fibromyalgia a decrease in pain has been notated in some research.
Ribose – Fibromyalgia is often caused because of tight muscles. Ribose can help to ease this pain because Ribose can help to loosen those muscles and help to improve the debilitating symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
Magnesium – Can aid in relief from Fibromyalgia because when taken as an additional supplement it can help to reduce the muscle spasms, weakness, and back pain that are commonly associated with Fibromyalgia.
B- Complex Vitamins – All of the B- Complex vitamins (Folic Acid, Riboflavin, and Thiamine) can help to lessen inflammation that often causes the painful symptoms, these vitamins can also help to maintain muscle tone which is an added bonus to those with Fibromyalgia.
5-HTP – Research has shown that in individuals who suffer from Fibromyalgia when 5-HTP was used as a treatment, individuals reported a significant decrease in their tender points as well as the amount of pain they were experiencing on a daily basis. Other benefits noted with the use of 5-HTP were improvements in sleep, morning stiffness, anxiety, as well as fatigue.
Brown Seaweed Extract – Research is proving that Brown Seaweed extract (a supplement) is proving highly successful in the fight against chronic pain. Studies have shown that taking Brown Seaweed extract can reduce joint pain and stiffness by as much as 52% and individuals notice these benefits within only one week of beginning treatment.