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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 of Herditary Moto and Sensory Neuropathy

DO YOU HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF NEUROPATHY?

Neuropathy is a disease which is caused due to malfunctioning of nerves in human body. The nerves that are affected mostly are sensory nerves, motor nerves and autonomic nerves. Sensory nerves as the name suggest sensory it controls sensations in body like tingling sensation, pain, weakness in the hands and feet, numbness in body. These nerves carries sensory information towards the central nervous system. Motor nerves carry impulses from the brain or spinal cord to a muscle or gland, allow power and movement in the body. Autonomic nerves controls the systems of the body.

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DO YOU HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF HEREDITARY MOTOR AND SENSORY NEUROPATHY?

As the name suggests hereditary it is inherited from the parents as it is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder. HMSN is caused by a gene mutation located on chromosome 15, one of the 22 autosomal pairs of chromosomes. HMSN is also known as Charcot – Marie – Tooth Disease which is progressive disease of the nerves with weakness, numbness more in the legs than the arms. When it is inherited from parents the gene is expressed in children. HMSN are of two forms either hypertrophic demyelinated nerves or complete atrophy of neural tissues in body.

1. Hypertrohic conditions which causes neural stiffness and demyelination of nerves.

2. Complete Atrophy which causes the breakdown of axons and neural cell bodies.

  • Hereditary Motor Neuropathy- is neuropathy associated with distal weakness without sensory loss in body.
  • Hereditary Sensory Neuropathy – is neuropathy associated in which distal weakness may also occur.

SYMPTOPMS OF HEREDITARY MOTOR AND SENSORY NEUROPATHY

Symptoms may appear shortly after birth or during first year of life. Mostly appear in teenagers.

  1. Lack of muscle strength in body
  2. Loss of mobility
  3. Developmental abnormalities in the spine, hand and feet
  4. Mild to moderate cognitive impairment
  5. Babies with HMSN have difficulty in sitting and crawling
  6. Children with HMSN experiences delay in motor development. Handgrip strength is weak, children are hypersensitive to touch, language development is delayed and learning capacity is affected
  7. At the end of teenage or beginning of adulthood may experience anxiety, agitation, depression, visual or auditory hallucinations, high risk of respiratory failure and bronchopneumonia
  8. Fatigue experiences
  9. Pain in body
  10. Lack of feeling, lack of reflexes, lack of sight and hearing.
  11. Patients may suffer from hammer toes, foot drop, high arched feet, foot deformities and scoliosis.

DIAGNOSIS OF HEREDITARY MOTOR AND SENSORY NEUROPATHY

Patient are diagnosed through

  • a physical evaluation that looks for muscle atrophy, weakness and sensory responses.
  • Electromyography EMG and motor nerve conduction test can be done of patient.
  • Patient can go through genetic testing.
  • Males are mostly prone to this disease than females.

HMSN is classified into seven groups which are mentioned below

  • HMSN1 other name is Chacot-Marie – Tooth Disease type 1A and 1B, it is hypertrophic demyelinating type in which patient experiences weakness, atrophy in the lower legs and later develop weakness in hands
  • HMSN2 OTHER NAME IS Charcot-Marie – Tooth disease type2 symptoms similar to type1, onset in adolescence.
  • HMSN3 other name Deierine-sottas disease (Charcot-Marie-Tooth type3) which has onset in infancy ,result in delayed motor skills.
  • HMSN4 which is spinal type causes muscle weakness.
  • HMSN5 other name Charcot-Marie – Tooth which occurs between 5-12 yrs lower legs are affected, atrophy followed by upper extremities.
  • HMNS6 other name Charcot – Marie-Tooth type6 which causes muscular weakness and atrophy, vision loss.
  • HMNS7 other name Retinitis pigmentosa which causes later onset with muscular weakness and atrophy in lower extremities.

TREATMENT FOR HEREDITAY MOTOR AND SENSORY NEUROPATHY

There is not any proper treatment in allopathy, to get relief from this disease physical therapy, stretching, braces and orthopedic surgeries to prevent injuries and deformities. Physiotherapy, neurology, and occupational therapies can be taken by patients suffering from this disease.

TREATMENT IN AYURVEDA

As we know Ayurveda is world’s oldest holistic healing system it treats the patient whole body. It treats the disease from its origin and has good results on body. It balances the tridoshas ( Vata, Pitta, Kapha) in body which are the root cause of diseases. It keeps the mind, body and spirit in good harmony with nature. Ayurvedic medication heals HMSN disease by curing the inflammation, degeneration of peripheral nerves. The herbs used for this disease act on the central nervous system and nerve cells which improves neuromuscular coordination and preserve functioning of muscles in the body.

AYURVEDIC MEDICINES USED FOR THE TREATMENT OF HMSN DISEASE BY PLANET AYURVEDA ARE MENTIONED BELOW

Planet Ayurveda’s main aim is to make the planet people to remain disease free and live a healthy and happy life. So here are some products mentioned below for the treatment of HMSN disease.

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1. Ashwagandha Capsules

also known as Withania Somnifera is a great medicinal plant acts as adaptogenic tonic. As the name is withania sominfera which are responsible for multiple actions on body. This herb has withanolides, alkaloids and glycosides in its roots. Use of Ashwagandha capsules gives strength to back muscles, it relieves the muscles. As it is nervine tonic it enhances the physical and mental stamina of body. It can be given to growing adults as well as to old age persons.

Dosage – 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

2. Boswellia Curcumin

It is very beneficial for maintaining the joint health as it support the overall health of the body. It is a combination of boswellic acids and curcuminoids in it which inhibits leukotriene biosynthesis, inhibits 5- lipoxygenase, inhibits topoisomerase I etc. It decreases inflammation and promotes circulation to the joints in body.

Dosage – 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water.

3. Vrihat Vaat Chintamani Tablet

The minerals and herbs used in the preparation of this tablet are beneficial for balancing Vata Dosha in HMSN disease. This tablet is formed by the combination of various bhasma which has very good action on treatment of vata dosha in body which causes diseases like paralysis, hemiplegia, tremors etc.

Dosage – 125mg once or twice a day, before or after meals or as directed by ayurvedic doctor. It is traditionally administered along with honey, Musta Kashaya.

4. Brahmi Capsules

Brahmi is a creepy herb that grows in branches used for a healthy and strong body. Brahmi is the best brain tonic used since ancient times. It increases memory power of people. Brahmi has an active compound Bacosides which acts on the degrading cells of brain. It also regenerates brain cells.

Dosage – 1-2 capsules twice daily, with plain water, after meals.

5. Shilajit Capsules

act as a best carrier of energy and provides proper nutrition to body. In HMSN patients it increases energy in body, acts as memory increaser, sharpens intelligence, helps in mood disorders symptom. Shilajit contains triterpenes, fulvic acid, humic acid and minerals in it.

Dosage – 2 capsules twice daily, with plain water or milk after meals.

The combination of all these medication is helpful in fighting with the signs and symptoms of hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy patients to live a long, strong and healthy life and get a respectful behavior in society and to live life independently without getting dependent on others.