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Top 7 Home Remedies for Fibromyalgia-Fatigue

Fibromyalgia is a condition characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain which is accompanied by fatigue, memory, sleep and mood issues. It is a chronic condition where is non-inflammatory tenderness in muscles, ligaments and joints. Fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way by which brain processes pain signals. Fibromyalgia patients have been found to have lower levels of a brain neurotransmitter known as—serotonin which leads to lowered pain thresholds and increased sensitivity to pain. Serotonin also promotes calm and stable mental state.

Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia. Many people suffering from fibromyalgia also suffer from tension, headaches, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), anxiety, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, etc. There is no cure of fibromyalgia in modern medicine but a variety of medicines are available to control its symptoms. Exercise and stress-reduction measures may also help.

Home Remedies for Fibromyalgia

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

  1. Widespread pain—There is a constant dull ache that has lasted for at least 3 months. The pain occurs on both sides of the body and also above and below the waist.
  2. Cognitive difficulties—A symptom commonly known as—fibro fog impairs the ability to focus and concentrate on mental tasks.
  3. Fatigue—Patients suffering from fibromyalgia often awaken tired and the sleep is often disrupted by pain and many patients also develop sleep disorders like—restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.
  4. Many patients who have fibromyalgia also experience depression, headaches or cramping pain in the lower abdomen.
  5. Stiffness
  6. Burning sensation
  7. Pain is usually severe on waking up in the morning and gradually decreases with passing of the day.

What are the causes of Fibromyalgia?

  1. Infections—Some illnesses trigger or aggravate fibromyalgia.
  2. Physical or Emotional Trauma—Post-traumatic stress disorder can be correlated with fibromyalgia.
  3. Heredity—Fibromyalgia tends to run in families.

Diagnosis

  • The diagnostic evaluation of fibromyalgia can take time, but this should not be the barrier in primary care practices. It is diagnosed on the basis of characteristic symptoms. Patient history, physical examination and ruling out co-morbid disorders are the cornerstones of fibromyalgia recognition. No radiological testing is required however some tests like—ESR, C-reactive protein (CRP) levels, a complete blood cell count, rheumatoid factor (RF) factor is recommended.

Fibromyalgia according to Ayurveda

  1. The Charak Samhita Sutrasthana Chapter 13 elaborates on the pre-eminence and primacy of the Vata dosha in the body. Acording to Master Charak, Vata is the physical energy of the body penetrating as a life force everywhere in the physiology. Fibromyalgia is classified as Mamsa Dhatugat (diseases affecting muscles and tendons) and Mamsavrut Vata (diseases due to excess of Vata dosha in muscles and tendons). It involves dysfunction in Vata Vaha Srota, Mamsa Vaha Srota and Mamsa Dhatvagni. It falls into a sub-type of disease known in Ayurveda as “Vatavyadhi”—the diseases caused primarily due to the vitiation of Vata dosha—the physiological energy responsible for the stability and activity of the nervous system.
  2. It is described in ancient texts as manifesting with a variety of possible and changing symptoms and signs including pain, stiffness, fatigue, gradual loss of movement, mental disturbance etc.  Dietary and lifestyle modifications are suggested in Ayurveda to correct the Vata imbalance. In Ayurveda, accumulation of toxins is believed to be the root cause of various auto-immune disorders like—rheumatoid arthritis, cervical spondylosis and fibromyalgia.
  3. The build-up of toxins can lead a person to feel fatigue all the time. When toxic accumulation takes its toll on the nerve tissue, it results into the symptoms of tenderness, sensitivity and pain. Therefore, cleaning of toxins becomes necessary. Primarily, samprapti (pathogenesis) originates in the gastro-intestinal tract, then branches out through the madhyama rogamarga, the middle channels of the pathogenic process of disease with special inclination for shleshma sthana especially mamsa dhatu (muscle tissue) and their corresponding channels.

Ayurveda uses a range of natural anti-arthritic herbs to treat this condition. Various herbs are

  • Shallaki (Boswellia serrata)—This herb is commonly known as “Salai Guggal”. It is a resin obtained from the tree and is purified and used to treat pain and inflammation. It has the potential to relieve pain naturally without having any side effects and is a popular natural anti-inflammatory herb used by Ayurvedic physicians across the world.
  • Nirgundi (Vitex negundo)—It is considered as the most potent anti-arthritic herb effective in controlling pain and inflammation in arthritic conditions.
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)-–  This herb is commonly known by the name Indian ginseng by the western countries. This herb has anti-inflammatory and anti-stress properties.
  • Guggul (Commiphora mukul)—This herb has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. This herb helps particularly in osteo-arthritis.
  • Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia)—This herb is one of the leading immunomodulators. This herb is known by the name “Amrita” meaning elixir for long life.
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale)—It is a very common anti-inflammatory herb that reduces inflammation and also a good analgesic.

Top 7 Home Remedies for Fibromyalgia:

  1. Grind 8-10 papaya seeds and mix it in a glass of water and boil it. Drink this water twice or thrice a day for a month.
  2. Drink freshly prepared cranberry juice or radish juice daily.
  3. Drinking freshly prepared juice of beetroot, carrot can help in fighting this condition, apart from improving overall health.
  4. Make Meditation as a part of your lifestyle.
  5. Regular Sleeping Habits—This is important for reducing pain
  6. Make a habit of morning walk every day.
  7. Epsom salt—Epsom salt is magnesium sulphate. Epsom salt bath helps the body to absorb magnesium as fibromyalgia is associated with magnesium deficiency.

Diet—Things to be Taken

  • The best suited diet for fibromyalgia are vegetable juices, cow’s ghee, spices such as—ginger, coriander, asafoetida, turmeric, fennel, etc. It is a condition mainly associated with magnesium deficiency, so it is good to consume green leafy vegetables, soybeans, cashews, almonds. Taking omega-3 fatty acids help in creating a hormone prostaglandin that helps in reducing inflammation.
  • It is essential to drink plenty of water to flush out toxins from the body.

Things to be Avoided

  • Avoid eating spicy food, caffeine, refined sugar, yogurt.

Note : It should be noted that herbs give results but it will take some time for herbs to manifest in the body.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Slipped Disc

Nowadays life is moving at a fast pace. People are using their bodies like a machine. Without proper maintenance thismachine develops many degenerative changes which are painful and also decrease the functional efficiency of our body, A slipped disc is also one such disease.

The intervertebral discs are tightly packed between two vertebrae and these act as protective shock absorbing pads between the bones of the spine. When a disc herniates or ruptures, it may create pressure against one or more of the spinal nerves which can cause weakness, pain or sometimes numbness in the area of the body served by those nerves. Slipped disc affects the spine in which a tear in the outer, fibrous ring (anulus fibrosus) of an intervertebral disc allows the soft, central portion to bulge out beyond the damaged outer rings.

A slipped disc is also known as a herniated disc or prolapsed disc and ruptured disc. Slipped disc is usually due to age-related degeneration of the anulus fibrosus. Other Factors that lead to slipped disc include Poor posture combined with the habitual use of incorrect body mechanics, hard physical labour ,Post-delivery in women, lifting heavy objects, especially accompanied by twisting or turning; excessive strain, and sudden forceful trauma. A herniation may develop suddenly or gradually over weeks or months.

Slipped disc can occur in any part of the spine but it is more common in the lower back especially at the L4-L5 and L5-S1 levels. It is called lumbar disc herniation. This is because the lumbar spine carries most of the body’s weight. The second most common area is neck region mainly at C6-C7 levels. It is called cervical disc herniation. The area in which you experience pain depends on what part of the spine is affected.

Degenerative disc disease deals with normal changes in your spinal discs with the progression of age. Spinal discs are soft, compressible discs that separate the vertebrae that make up the spine. The discs act as shock absorbers for the spine.I t allows spine to flex, bend, and twist. Degenerative disc disease can take place throughout the spine, but it most often occurs in the discs in the lower back (lumbar region) and the neck (cervical region).

Ayurvedic View of Degenerative Disc Disease

According to Ayurveda Degenerative disc disease is vataj disorder which occurs due to dhatu kshaya. With advancement of age vata increases in body and causes many degenerative changes in the body. When vata increases it causes dryness and loss of fluid in your discs. This reduces the ability of the discs to act as shock absorbers and makes them less flexible. Loss of fluid also makes the disc thinner and narrows the distance between the vertebrae. As the space between the vertebrae gets smaller, there is less padding between them, and the spine becomes less flexible. The body reacts to this by formation of bone spurs (osteophytes). These bony growths or osteophytes are called Asthi Dhatu Vridhi due to vitiation of vata in the body. Bone spurs can put pressure on the spinal nerve roots, resulting in pain in the area of the body served by those nerves.These changes are more likely to occur in people who are having vatik prakirti, who smoke cigarettes, those who do excessive physical work and liftheavy objects in routine. People who are obese are also more likely to have symptoms of Slipped disc/ degenerative disc disease.

Signs And Symptoms

Symptoms of a herniated disc can vary depending on the location of the herniation and the types of soft tissue that are involved. A herniated disc can therefore produce symptoms anywhere along the course of that nerve, A slipped disc can produce different symptoms like varying degrees of pain in the back or neck along with numbness or weakness, tingling, paralysisand paresthesia.

Planet ayurveda provides disc care pack for herniated disc problem. This pack helps in relieving spasm of muscles, prevents further protrusion or herniation of disc and reduces inflammation of soft tissue if any.

Disc Care Pack

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1. Boswellia Curcumin

It is packed with pure herbal extracts. Boswellia Curcumin is very effective natural supplement by Planet Ayurveda. It is importantfor maintaining musculoskeletal health. It is a perfect combination of Boswellia and Curcumin.

Boswellia Serrata (salai Guggulu)  is a gum resin extracted from a tree, (Boswellia) has long been used in  Ayurveda. The boswellic acids that are a component of the resin have shown favourable results for various inflammatory conditions. Studies have shown thatboswellic acids, are most potent inhibitorof an enzyme responsible for inflammation,thus making it excellent anti-inflammatory herb for joint pains and herniated disc.

Its Second ingredient Curcumin is having best anti – inflammatory properties and is useful for osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis. It acts best in inflammatory dis orders.

Boswellia Curcumin contains 100% standardized herb extracts.

It is a pack of 60 capsules.

Dose – 1 – 2 capsules twice daily after meals with water.

2. Aamvatantak Churna

Aamvatantak Churna is a blend of ingredients like Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera),Haridra (Curcuma longa), Methika (Trigonella foenumgraecum), Surnajan (Colchicum luteum), Gorakhmundi (Sphaeranthus Indicus) and Shunthi (Zingiber officinale). All these herbs act together in a synergestic manner to pacify vitiated kapha and vata ofbody and thus effectively manage joint pains These herbs are having Aama pachak action (toxin clearing action) and vata pacifying action. Gorakh mundi is a pitta pacifying herb in this preparation thus making this formulation usefulfor pitta prakirti people also. Ashwgandha is a potent nervine tonic and relaxes nervous system there fore it is useful to calm down pain along the course of the nerve and relieve pain due to slipped disc.

Dose – 1/2 to1 tsp twice daily with wateror with Kumari saar(juice) after meals

3. Yograj Guggulu

It is a classical ayurvedic preparation for vataj diseases like joint pains and slipped disc.MainIngredients of Yograj Guggulu are Shudh Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica), Pippali (Piper longum), Jeeraka (Cuminum cyminum), Devdaru (Cedrus deodara), Ela (Eletteria cardamomum), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Mustaka (Cyperus rotundus), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Sonth (Zingiber officinale) etc. These are Aam pachak and anti-inflammatory in action. This natural supplement comes in tablets form that helps to maintain healthy muscles and joints. This classical formulation is traditionally used in Ayurveda for painful joints.muscular pain and Slipped disc. It strengthens the skeletal and neuromuscular system.

Yograj guggulu is 100% standardized herbalcombination according to Classical Ayurvedic texts.

It is a pack of 120 tablets.

Dose – 1-2 tablets twice or thrice daily after meals with water

4. Hakam Churna

A wonderful blend of ingredients such as chandershoor (Lepidium sativum), Kalaunji (Nigella sativa), Mehika (Trigonella foenumgraecum) and ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi). This combination is renowned as tridoshic Rasayan. Hakam Churna maintains equilibrium of tridosha and supports healthy body functions. It pacifies vata and kapha dosha in body. It balances digestive fire (jatharagni) in the body.

Chandershoor (Lepidium sativum) is a specific herb in this formulation. Its powder is given to women in Postpartum Phase to pacify vata and to relieve lower backache. Its other ingredients like methi and ajwain are equally important in Postpartum Phase to keep body aches at bay.

There fore Hakam Churna is a unique formulation by Planet Ayurveda for Slipped disc.

Dose – 1 tsp twice daily with lukewarm water after meals.

Pack – It is available in pack of 100gms