Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes pain and exhaustion. It affects more women than men. Fibromyalgia has been recognized by the mainstream medical community only recently. Although prescription medications are available to treat fibromyalgia, these are somewhat limited in their effectiveness. In addition to regular exercise and physical therapy, a number of natural remedies show promise in the treatment of this unpleasant condition.
Five Natural Remedies for Fibromyalgia:
- Melatonin, often used to treat insomnia, may also help treat fibromyalgia by easing pain. Because fibro sufferers often experience insomnia as well, this may be a good choice to address both conditions.
- 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) affects serotonin levels in the brain. This can help reduce pain in fibromyalgia patients. It can also be useful for treating depression and anxiety, also common with many who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
- Magnesium may help ease symptoms of fibromyalgia. It works by helping muscles to relax. Magnesium is available in many forms—supplements, creams and oil sprays—but research suggests it is best absorbed through the skin, so a cream or oil that can be applied topically is a good choice.
- SAMe (S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine) is another supplement that has promise for helping fibro sufferers. It increases dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain, thus helping to reduce fibro pain. It is also used to treat depression and anxiety.
- John’s Wort is often used to treat mild depression, but it may help easy fibromyalgia pain as well.