Health professionals are still learning new things every day about fibromyalgia. This is positive news in as much as the condition is being taken seriously, with time and money being ploughed into research. But it can also be frustrating, as new and sometimes contradictory advice appears with unerring regularity.
Fibromyalgia is a form of arthritis. The fact that doctors classify it as a syndrome means that it manifests via a range of symptoms that are seemingly unconnected, the most common being unaccountable muscular pain that can affect any part of the body.
There are still more questions than answers when it comes to exactly what causes the condition, and most who have been prescribed drug therapies have found them to lack effectiveness. However, that does not mean we are powerless to do anything to counter the condition. Try working through the following natural remedies, and you might be surprised by the results.
Do you have any food sensitivities? If not, are you sure? Common intolerances include wheat, gluten, dairy, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, peanuts and food additives, such as colours or preservatives. Don’t panic, nobody is suggesting that you need to cut all these things out, but exploring the effects of eliminating each of them one at a time might yield some unexpected results and identify a food intolerance that you were not aware of.
Boost serotonin naturally
Serotonin is a natural neurotransmitter that prompts feelings of wellbeing and happiness. Boosting serotonin is known to counter a range of ailments and conditions, and can provide welcome relief for those with fibromyalgia. Nuts are one of the best food sources, but even if you have ruled them out when assessing food sensitivities, don’t worry. There are completely natural food supplements you can take every day that will keep your serotonin levels where they need to be.
Take Bromelain to ease inflammation
If you are subject to serious inflammation and swelling, Bromelain acts as a natural anti inflammatory. The enzyme is extracted from the stems of pineapples, and should be taken on an empty stomach.
Many people suffering from fibromyalgia end up not drinking enough water as they feel this will somehow “increase the swelling.” In fact, they are exacerbating the situation by allowing their bodies to become dehydrated. Make sure you drink at least eight glasses of pure, filtered water or natural juice each day.
Ginger is a natural painkiller
Most of us take the odd ibuprofen or paracetamol for pain relief, but those with fibromyalgia are often reluctant to do so, fearing that they will end up relying on this sort of pain relief day in and day out forever. A daily dose of one to five grams of gingerroot can be an effective and completely natural painkiller as it increases the circulation of blood to the muscles. There has been extensive research on ginger’s effectiveness as a pain reliever, and the conclusion is that this most traditional of remedies really works. Note, however, that gingerroot is not suitable for anyone taking blood thinning medication.