Fibromyalgia is a challenging condition for the health care systems throughout the world due to the unknown causes and etiology of this disorder. Apart from musculoskeletal pain, people suffering from fibromyalgia (FMS) suffer from a wide range of symptoms such as neurological defects, problems in sleeping, fatigue, bowel and bladder disorders etc. It has increased in recent years particularly in female patients. There is no single test that can fully diagnose fibromyalgia.
According to Ayurveda, there is only factor that is responsible for the above disorders i.e. Ama formation and aggravated Vata dosha. Ayurvedic treatment for fibromyalgia includes the administration of Tikta-Katu Ras and Deepan pachan acting drugs. Therapies like langhanam and swedana are also useful.
Most Effective Herbs for Fibromyalgia
1. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha is commonly known as Indian ginseng. It is commonly used in Ayurveda for treating a wide range of disorders. This herb is generally used for treating debility, fatigue, disorders of nervous system, insomnia etc. It is considered as a quite effective herb in the treatment of fibromyalgia as it decreases inflammation, strengthens muscles and nerves and improves overall health of an individual. Ashwagandha fights against oxidative stress and reduces the level of inflammation. It is a natural stress buster as well.
2. Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Turmeric is a precious herb in Ayurveda due to its therapeutic purposes. Fibromyalgia is mainly caused due to the inflammation and oxidative stress in the body. Turmeric can help in preventing these reactions due to its anti-oxidant properties. It provides relief in various symptoms of fibromyalgia such as pain, stiffness, restricted mobility and slows down the progression of disease.
3. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger is commonly used in Indian kitchens. People suffering from fibromyalgia are advised to include ginger in their daily diet as it is a powerful and natural anti-inflammatory agent. It removes ama or toxins from the body which is the primary cause of fibromyalgia. Taking ginger and a pinch of rock salt before taking meals is an effective remedy for this disorder.
4. Shallaki (Boswellia serrata)
It is one of the most valued herbs in Ayurveda which is used for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. The bark and gum of this plant is mainly used for medicinal purposes. It is a natural treatment for muscular pains in contrast to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and painkillers.
5. Nirgundi (Vitex negundo)
Nirgundi is considered as a versatile herb in Ayurveda. It is an excellent herb for the treatment of fibromyalgia as it is pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant and anti-stress herb. The leaves of Nirgundi are used for external application in the form of paste or oil. Its hot potency helps in balancing Vata dosha.
6. Gorakhmundi (Sphaeranthus indicus)
Gorakhmundi is one of the few herbs in Ayurveda that balances all the three doshas. This herb acts as a Rasayana (health tonic). It is an effective herb for the treatment of fibromyalgia as it reduces pain in the joints and muscles, inflammation and prevents the accumulation of ama (toxins) in the body.
7. Methi (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
It is a commonly used herb which helps in balancing Vata and Kapha dosha. This herb improves the digestive fire and balances Vata dosha disorders such as fibromyalgia. Fenugreek seeds exert analgesic and anti-inflammatory action on the muscles. They also reduce ama and enhances its elimination from the body and treat fibromyalgia naturally.
8. Guggul (Commiphora mukul)
Guggul is widely used in various Ayurvedic formulations. The gum derived from the bark of Commiphora mukul plant is processed for removing its impurities. The gum is anti-inflammatory in nature, full of anti-oxidants, aam-pachak (detoxifying in nature) and considered as a nervine tonic as it soothes the nerves and prevents further damage. It gives relief in pain, stiffness and inflammation associated with fibromyalgia. It is considered as a best medicine for Vata disorders.
Diet and Lifestyle
- Avoid stress as it aggravates Vata dosha. Include Meditation in your lifestyle to manage stress.
- Exercises such as walking, jogging or swimming are quite helpful.
- Avoid tea, coffee, carbonated drinks, processed and packaged foods.
- Take only warm and moist food prepared from desi ghee.
- Triphala powder is also effective in removing toxins from the body.
- Licorice tea is also useful as it adds moisture to the body.
This article is not a substitute to the standard Medical Diagnosis or personalized Ayurvedic Treatment! It is intended only for Information!
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