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Fibromyalgia and Herbs

 

Think St. John's Wort for depression. Consider cayenne for 

the widespread muscle and joint pain. Have you ever thought about valerian root to help you sleep?

These are just three of your herbal choices as an individual who suffers with fibromyalgia. Herbs may be an effective complementary approach to treating a disease that appears to be so difficult to nail down.

The shear number of symptoms not only makes this disease difficult to treat, but there are few prescription medications specifically designed for fibromyalgia. This means your doctor is giving you a potpourri of medications that may or may not interact well with each other. If you can reduce your dependency even a little on these harsh prescription medications, then you are going a long way to improving your quality of life.

Depression often accompanies fibromyalgia. St. John's Wort is an effective herbal weapon for this symptom. This plant grows just about everywhere, it works on relieving depression by inhibiting neurotransmitters that influence mood. This herbal remedy also helps to relieve anxiety and stress. Be careful if you plan to use this herb. You should not take it if you are also taking conventional antidepressants. You can find St. John's Wort supplements at many health food stores, discount and grocery stores.

The nearly ubiquitous muscle and joint pain that is so much a part of fibromaylagia can be maddening if not relieved. And while physicians may prescribe analgesics, many of these aren't effective unless they're combined with other drugs. Think about cayenne then. It contains capsaicin which inhibits the neurotransmitters that are responsible for sending your brain pain signals. This is best used when you take it topically, rubbing it on the areas of your body that are in pain.

Valerian may help make those sleepless nights only a bad dream from the past. Valerian root has been used for centuries to help restore healthy sleep patterns. Used medicinally since ancient Greek and Roman eras, this herbal remedy has been proven through various clinical studies to be an effective sleeping aid. (Source: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Valerian.asp).

One of the benefits of using this herb for sleep is it helps to eliminate a lot of the dangers associated with prescription sleeping pills, not the least of which is dependency. The herb itself has very few side effects as well. Some people complain that they develop headaches as well as gastrointestinal problems. Others complain that they feel slightly dizzy when they take this natural remedy.

Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.

 

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