Fibromyalgia syndrome symptoms, causes and treatment

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.

Other nervine herbs include Avena Sativa (oatstraw), Centella asiatica (gotu kola), Schisandra chinesis, Turnera diffusa (damiana) and Withania somnifera (Ashwaganda).
Adaptogenic herbs and adrenal support herbs include, Astralagus, Eleuthercoccus (Siberian ginseng) Rhodiola, Panax ginseng, Withania, glycyrrhiza (liquorice) and rehmannia.
Immuno-modulating herbs include echincea root and Hemidesmus (indian sarsaparilla).
In addition, issues that are more unique to FMS also require attention.
Anxiolytic  and hypnotic herbs to reduce nervous system overactivity and improve quality of sleep such as Valeriana(valerian), Passiflora (passionflower)  vitex (agnus castus) and crataegus (hawthorn).
Anti inflammatory and analgesic herbs to help address pain management and inflammation include Boswellia (frankincense), curcuma(turmeric) and Apium
(celery seed)
If you would like to make an appointment to see a Medical herbalist, Richard Collisson is available at Health Zone Clinic.
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