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Got my issue of Herbs for Health today and thought you might benefit from the article on fibromyalgia.
Pain, especially in connective tissue- apply an anti-inflammatory oi of St. John's wort or arnica over painful areas. Hot bath with Epsom salts and 5 drops of lavender essential oil.
Muscle relaxants-chamomile, catnip, skullcap as ticture, pills, or tea in the evening for relief of muscle tightness. They'll help if you have insomnia, which is common with fibromyalgia.
St. John's wort can help repaiir injured nervous system and for depression. Siberian ginseng for nervous system and adrenal glands.
Green tea instead of coffee if you need caffeine.
Magnesium supplements, especially magnesium malate, aspartate, and glycinate. (too much will cause the runs)
Nervines(calm)- valerian root, passionflower and kava. Can be taken throughout day.
Inflammatory components of fibromyalgia- Ayurvedic herbs- curcumin and boswellia. Can be taken every 4-6 hours.
-- Cindy (email@example.com), December 28, 2000
Just a note on magnesium-I always tell our customers to start low, maybe 250-400 mgs, and slowly build up to where you need to be. I get good feedback from folks taking mag. malate. Cindy, have you heard/read anything about NADH? A few customers are using it, I don't know where they've heard about it.
-- Cathy in NY (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 28, 2000.
I know people who have had good luck with Malic Acid.
Another thing to look into is food allergies/sensitivities. I have two friends who discovered they are gluten intolerant, and their myriad health problems (including fibromyalgia) have all but disappeared after removing gluten from their diet.
-- Earthmama (email@example.com), December 29, 2000.
Cindy, thanks for posting this! I'm going to print it out and give it to the wife.
Any suggested dosages?
-- Eric in TN (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 29, 2000.
Eric, the only suggested dosage was for magnesium-300-1,000 mg daily, which goes along with what Cathy says. Cathy, no, I haven't herd of NADH, what can you tell us about it?
-- Cindy (email@example.com), December 29, 2000.
NADH is a co-enzyme that has been shown useful for chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Parkinson's disease and may be tried by anyone who needs extra energy. The dose must be taken in the morning on an empty stomach. Shouldn't be taken later in the day as it can be stimulating and interfere with sleep. It is most stable in a sublingual form (under the tongue). You will know if it is going to work for you pretty quick as it works right away. Definately worth a try if fatigue is part of your problem as it energizes cells. That is all I can remember as I am away on vacation and don't have access to my books I'm a nurse studying towards a degree in Naturopathic medicine. Other ideas: -co-enzyme B complex -check iron stores (not hemoglobin) for iron deficiency -any of the many immune builders- eg. colostrum, beta- glucan, shitake, reshi, astragalus, etc, mushrooms Lots of times yeast infections are part of the problem: Olive leaf, grapefruit seed extract, colostrum, plant sterols (Moducare sterinol), red clover to name a few may be useful.
I have heard lots of positive reports about using MSM (biological sulfur) for fibromyalgia pain. Many people are also omega 3 deficient and this can cause many of the problems of fibromyalgia- flax seed oil is a good sourse, also cold water fish oils are a good sourse of omega 3. This is all general information and anyone interested in using these products should research them beforehand. Good luck, Chris
-- Chris Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 30, 2000.
Hello again, sorry I spelled 'source' wrong above, it's really bugging me- Chris
-- chris allen (email@example.com), December 30, 2000.
I have had excellent results with MSM for joint and muscle pain and stiffness, 4000mg once a day, also use licorice root-two capsules twice a day, astragalus root-two capsules twice a day, coenzyme Q 10- 50mg.-once a day, flaxseed oil- 1000mg. capsule twice a day,magnesium- 600mg. twice a day, calcium citrate-1000mg. twice a day. These supplements are to treat fibromalagia/chronic fatigue, joint and muscle pain, and tension/vascular migraine headaches specifically. I take the usual other vitamin and mineral supplements daily also, C, B, and Beta-Carotene, etc.
It takes about a month to start getting results, but they help tremendously, and wouldn't want to stop and have to go back to using the NSAIDS that the doctor's keep telling me to take. Yes, these can be expensive, but using an herb co-op helps,as I buy wholesale, and there is no price you can put on obtaining good health!
-- Annie Miller in SE OH (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 03, 2001.
In my well researched but non M.D. opinion, Fibromyalgia is caused by dysbiosis of the small and/or large intestions. Dysbiosis can be caused by a wide variety of microrganisms including fungus, parasites, viruses, and bacteria. These organisms cause differing health problems in different poeple. For more information, contact the Candida and Dysbiosis Information Foundation at (409)694-8687. If you get one of their VERY informative information packets you will not be disappointed. I wasn't.
-- Tiffani Cappello (email@example.com), January 04, 2001.
Thanks Cindy! As usual you are always an encouragement! Let me share what's working for me.I have had fibro for 5 looooonnnngggg years. I bought a book called the Fibromyalgia Pain Relief Handbook through Unitedresearch.com. In it was the answer for me.Its very simple. It's a simple drug called Guaifenex-G or Duratuss G. It only costs $4per month(we're blessed with insurance)and has been on the market since the turn of the century with NO side effects. I take about 600mg per day.The handbook stated that 90% of those who take it get 100% relief and I'm thrilled to say I'm one of them.The first 3 weeks were rough as you get worse before better but was well worth the effort.Hope this can help even one person.I'd be glad to answer questions if there are any.
-- queen (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 04, 2001.
Where to you get Guaifenex or Duritriss G? Thank you, Mary
-- Mary Cullin (email@example.com), October 09, 2001.
Q: I have been on Guifenex LA for 1 1/2 years at 1800 mg./day for firbromyalgia. I know they say that guifenesin has no side effects, but I can't help but be concerned that at such a high dosage, there may be some side effects. I have been suffering from high anxiety, and was wondering if anyone knows anything about this. Thanks. Katie
-- Katie Klur (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 26, 2001.