Ayurvedic Treatment for Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Fibromyalgia is regarded as a chronic condition associated with the experience of non-inflammatory pain and tenderness in muscles, ligaments , joints and fatigue. Fibromyalgia is a relatively common condition, estimated to affect about four percent of the general population.
It is quite similar to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS); with only one difference, is presence of musculoskeletal pain in fibromyalgia and that of fatigue in CFS. Low level of Serotonin is considered to be most important biochemical criteria. The primary treatment goals should include raise serotonin levels, improve sleep quality, and assure adequate magnesium levels.
Generalized aches or stiffness at many sites for more than three months.Generalized fatigue, chronic headache including migraines, sleep disorder, particularly timings of cycles, neuronal and psychological complaints, swelling, numbness/ tingling sensations.
Fibromyalgia/CFS- Ayurvedic View:
It can be described as ‘Mansa Dhatugat and Mansavrut Vata’ Fibromyalgia is perceived as a Vata imbalance. Vata is the main imbalance and Aggravated Vata destabilizes the nervous system and can create hypersensitivity leading to pain and tenderness. Accumulation of Ama (toxins) and shrotorodha are also contributory factors.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Fibromyalgia and CFS:
The aggravation of Vata dosha and accumulation of Ama (toxins) are the primary causes and should be treated mainly. Associated weak digestion, constipation, and effects of chronic stress should also be tackled.
Panchakarma Therapy for Fibromyalgia and CFS:
Pre-purification Measures namely ‘snehan’ and ‘swedan are very useful to balance ‘Vata’ and to loosen the toxins. Snehan is the Herbalized Oil Massage. This oil is applied to the entire body with a particular type of massage. Swedan is sudation or sweating and is given immediately following the snehan. An herbal concoction may be added to the steam to further enhancement of effect.
Daily herbalized oil massage also provides a deeply soothing and balancing effect to the entire nervous system. The motion of massage creates heat and friction which enhances circulation and helps cleanse the areas of chemical impurities that could be aggravating and hyper sensitizing nerve tissues.
Diet and Nutrition for Fibromyalgia/Chronic fatique syndrome (CFS):
Vegetable juices and soups
Coconut water and Coconut milk
Juice of carrot, Cucumber, Beetroot
Spices like cumin, coriander, ginger asafetida.
Green salad with a dressing of lemon juice
The patient of Fibromyalgia and CFS should avoid the following:
Eating hot, spicy and fried foods.
Too much tea, coffee and alcohol
Sleeping during the day
Staying up late at night
Yoga & Meditation for Stress Management and Improved Mental and Emotional Function:
It is well approved that fibromyalgia is often worsened by high stress, anxiety and mental fatigue.
Meditation,Yoga & Pranayama are all recommended for supporting personal healing and relaxation of the mind.
Efforts should be made to increase the Sattvic (pure) quality of mind.
Yogasana : Various stretching exercises are known to have a positive effect on fibromyalgia. Yogic breathing practices will also create a state of restful alertness in mind and body.
Progressive deep relaxation, i.e., shavasana is recommended
Lifestyle modifications :
Self abhyanga daily sesame oil
Regular eating habits
Regulate digestion and bowels
Ayurvedic Herbs for Fibromyalgia / CFS:
Shodhna (Panchkarma detox)
Rejuvenation therapies (Shirodhara, Abhyanga massage etc)
Dr Naveen Kumar (Ayuvredic physician and detox specialist) have experience of 18 years in treating fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome clients.
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