Fibromyalgia pain is often accompanied by anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, and insomnia. This collection of symptoms makes fibromyalgia a classic example of a disorder that affects both the body and the emotions, though it is hardly alone in this. Herbal treatment is more effective for fibro because herbs and aromatherapy work holistically on both the mind and body levels. A herbal approach to treatment will include herbs that address adrenal gland support, stress management, and pain relief, as well as emotional needs. Homemade herbal oils and teas, baths and aromatherapy recipes can help you relieve the muscle aches, pain, fatigue and depression that are symptomatic of fibromyalgia.
Five herbs that should top your list of home treatment are cayenne, white willow, lavender, rosemary, and ginger.
Cayenne contains capsaicin which offers the long-term benefit of reducing the intensity of pain signals sent from the nerves and may be one of the best topical therapies for fibro. Using cayenne oil in combination with menthol works like an herbal “icy/hot” treatment.
Add a whole body massage with lavender oil in the evening, and rosemary oil in the morning to your daily routine. It is best to do your self-massage in a quiet, warm room, with awareness of how you feel emotionally as well a physically.
The traditional Chinese practice of moxibustion involves the burning of mugwort to stimulate the flow of Qi and fast relief from aching muscles and sore joints. You will often be able to receive this treatment at an acupuncture clinic. At home, you can light a “cigar” rolled with dried mugwort, and bring the glowing end near the painful area and move it around in small, slow spirals until the heat becomes too intense. Pain relief often lasts for twelve or more hours. Mugwort also makes a very grounding and relaxing tea.
Willow Bark Tea
A daily cup or two of willow bark tea provides the equivalent of a low aspirin dose, without the stomach upset that aspirin can cause. It can take a few weeks to build up in your system before you notice a difference.
Getting enough magnesium in your diet is needed to moderate pain response. Large amounts are available in oat straw or nettle infusions, whole grains, legumes and leafy greens.