Fibromyalgia Treatment: Fibromyalgia is described as chronic condition in which the patient experiences non-inflammatory pain and tenderness in muscles, ligaments, joints and fatigue. It is relatively a common condition found to affect four percent of the general population. Fibromyalgia is often related to an arthritis-related condition, but it is not arthritis as it does not have inflammation or damage to the joints, muscles, or tissues like arthritis. More or less Fibromyalgia is considered as a rheumatic condition that impairs the joints or soft tissues and causes chronic pain.
- Prolonged aches and stiffness (more then 3 months) at various sites
- Feeling of Fatigue generally
- Migraines and chronic headaches
- Sleep disorder and change in timing of sleep and cycles
- Psychological and neuronal complaints
- Numbness and tingling sensation
Ayurvedic Diagnosis and Treatment
Fibromyalgia, according to ayurveda is a result of vata imbalance. It results in the aggravation of vata which destabilize the nervous system and can create hypersensitivity leading to pain and tenderness. Other contributory factors are accumulation of ama (toxins) and shrotorodha. Ayurvedic treatments focus on the treatment of these issues mentioned. Apart from that associated symptoms like weak digestion, constipation, and effects of chronic stress should be treated.
In this pre-purification method ‘snehan’ and ‘swetan’ are used to balance vata and push out the toxins. Snehan is ayurvedic herbal massage and swetan is sweating or sudation.
Fibromyalgia patients should avoid eating hot &spicy food, fried foods, sweets, foods (brinjal, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, broccoli, okra and potatoes), too much tea, coffee, alcohol, white-sugar, yogurt, chocolate and cocoa. They should not sleep during the day and avoid staying up late in the night. It is good to avoid mental conditions like stress, grief, worry and anxiety.
It is recommended to have vegetable soups and juices (cucumber, carrot & Beetroot), coconut water and coconut milk, cooked vegetables like squash, zucchini and pumpkin, spices like cumin, coriander, ginger asafetida, garlic, fennel and turmeric, green salad with dressing of lemon juice and little salt.
It is important to do yoga as it reduces stress, anxiety and mental fatigue, which is not good for Fibromyalgia.
To maintain the vata balance and stability of the nervous system it is not good to have a lifestyle that affects the natural bodily rhythms. If it is irregular then the body looses its natural balancing cycles.
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