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Fibromyalgia syndrome symptoms, causes and treatment

Fibromyalgia syndrome symptoms, causes and treatment[/caption]Fibromyalgia is a disorder of unknown cause characterized by chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain and symptoms such as fatigue, sleep disruption, gastrointestinal complaints and Psychological problems. One key symptom in FMS (Fibromyalagia syndrome) is the presence of multiple tender points on the body, another key symptom includes Adrenal depletion. A variety of different viruses have been reported to trigger FMS.
FMS characteristics crossover CFS ( Chronic fatigue syndrome) characteristics.

Similar symptoms include Joint inflammation, lower back pain and Psychological problems. Like FMS, CFS can also have an infectious trigger, and also like CFS a wide variety of viruses has been associated with the disorder.

Recommended herbs for FMS are similar to those for CFS.
Nervine (nervous trophorestorative) herbs such as Hypericum perforatum (St John’s wort), Bacopa ( Brahmi) and Scullateria( Skullcap) can help with debility, depression, and fatigue. 

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Effective Herbal medicine for Hayfever By Richard Collisson

Effective Herbal medicine for Hayfever By Richard Collisson DipPhyt, MNIMH (Medical Herbalist)

Hayfever season is now in full flow and especially bad this year due to the unusual weather conditions combined no doubt with ever rising traffic pollution levels in our cities. Many over the counter antihistamines for hayfever have the unfortunate side effect of causing drowsiness. Herbal medicine can offer an effective non-drowsy alternative to antihistamines.

Ephedra sinica aka ‘JointFir’ or Ma Huang in Chinese, is a herb native to Mongolia, Russia and north east China, used both in Traditional Western Herbal medicine, as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), to treat asthma, bronchitis, hayfever and colds. It’s thought to be one of the oldest plants used in TCM with usage possibly as far back as 6,000 years.

In my over 25 years as a practicing  medical herbalist, Ephedra is without doubt the most potent and effective hayfever remedy I have come across. In fact it is so potent that it cannot be sold as an over the counter remedy, but only on prescription from a qualified medical herbalist.

The plant contains the medicinally potent alkaloids ephedrine, pseudoephedrine and norephedrine which rapidly relieve bronchial spasms and hayfever symptoms by  decreasing nasal and sinus congestion. Unlike many antihistamines which cause drowsiness, ephedra being a central nervous stimulant has the opposite effect and enhances wakefulness.

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