Remedies For Fibromyalgia Pain
Living with Fibromyalgia can be very difficult. Fibromyalgia comes with a number of different ailments but the most common one is chronic pain throughout the body. The pain is widespread throughout the muscles and joints making everyday activities very complicated. People who have fibromyalgia often suffer from disrupted sleeping patterns resulting in chronic fatigue. There are no cures for fibromyalgia. Medical researchers are making great strides in discovering more about this illness but there is still plenty left to learn. People who have fibromyalgia often look for natural ways to alleviate painful symptoms. Most would prefer to avoid side effects caused by prescription medications. Some have reported these side effects can make them feel worse than before they took the medicine and then must battle detox symptoms when they decide to come off the medicine. It is for this reason that those who treat FMS search out more natural approaches.
Bathe Away The Pain
Sounds too simple right? Studies have shown a great decrease in muscle and joint pain amongst fibromyalgia sufferers that take baths 3-5 times a week. These aren’t just any baths though. While a regular hot soak will do some good, it is what you add to your bath that ultimately determines the results. The following herbal bath recipes will help detoxify the body from harmful pollutants that the body is exposed to. They have also been helpful for reducing swelling, improving circulation, improve sleep patterns, and help with overall relaxation. Before taking a bath the skin should be brushed. For skin brushing you can use a bath exfoliating mitt or a vegetable brush as it has softer bristles. This will remove surface toxins from the skin and dead skin cells. It also awakens the blood vessels and opens the pores of the skin for maximum results. The skin is the largest organ of the body and one if its chief responsibilities is to eliminate impurities from the body.
Bath Recipes And Instructions
Clorox Bath– Use one cup of Clorox bleach (it can only be Clorox, no other kinds of bleaches) into a full bathtub. Fill the tub all the way to the drain off point with hot water. Sit for 20-30 minutes all the way up to your neck. This will draw out toxins from the body including harmful metals and pesticides. This bath will soothe muscles; improve circulation as well as immune response. Keep a cold wash cloth close to you to place over the forehead and a glass of water handy to rehydrate with.
Epsom Salt Bath- Use 1-2 cups into a full hot bath. Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate and magnesium is great for reducing inflammation and calming the nerves.
Turmeric Bath- Use 1 cup of Turmeric to a full hot bath. Turmeric is an herb, which can be found in many teas, that is used to reduce joint inflammation.
Apple Cider Vinegar- 1-2 cups into a hot bath. Fully immerse your body for 30 to 45 minutes. This bath removes pollutants from as well as neutralizes acid build up which can cause pain.
Taking baths are not the only way to calm inflamed muscles. There are many herbs that can be found in natural or supplement form. Some were mentioned above like turmeric and magnesium as being used to treat pain. Herbs to incorporate either naturally or through supplements should be:
- Ginger-Comes in teas, natural root form, or supplements and is full of pain fighting punch! It is a must have.
- Cat’s claw- Strong pain reliever that is used to effectively treat arthritis. Can be found as an extract liquid form or capsules.
- Rosemary-Cook with it, add it to a salad, take in capsules or tea. This herb is used as an anti-inflammatory and has great detoxifying properties.
- Oregano- Is widely used for cooking but also can be used in tea. Oregano has over 30 anti- inflammatories with in it.
- Arnica is an analgesic which has pain numbing abilities and can be used in a cream or capsule form.
- Willow Bark can be found as an extract or in tea form. This herb calms nerve pain and pain through the muscles tissue.
For anyone who suffers from restlessness and pain associated with fibromyalgia there is help out there. There is relief in sight when they begin to incorporate these herbs into their diet. Baths should be taken frequently and close to bedtime for a more restful, comfortable sleep. Whether it be through teas, baths, or supplements relief from major flare ups can be found by making these small changes in lifestyle.