Natural remedies for Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
Posted Jan 13 2012 10:12am
Do you suffer from unbearable fatigue and severe muscle pain? If the answer is yes, read on.
Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) is characterized as unrelenting fatigue. Oddly enough, despite constant exhaustion, individuals usually find that they are unable to sleep. Other common symptoms include recurring infections, fever, brain fog, increased thirst, bowel disorders, weight gain and low libido.
As for Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), this condition is muscle pain that can occur all over the body or in some cases, only in specific areas. FMS pain is caused by a shortening or tightening of the muscles. Since, CFIDS/FMS sufferers rarely sleep restfully, the muscles tend to stay knotted and painful.
Now, regardless of gender, age, or race you can be diagnosed with one or both of these conditions. Despite what you might have been told, there is help out there. Various treatment options include nutrition, alternative therapies and herbal supplements.
As for nutrition, it is recommended that you detox from refined sugars, yeast (Candida) and even gluten. These particular foods can only aggravate your syndromes’ symptoms. Sugar and yeast can wear down your body’s immune system along with its ability to fight off infections. Don’t forget about alcohols, dried fruits and even cheeses. Of course, this depends on sensitivity level. Lastly, avoid gluten, which is found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. Try some alternative flours as replacements like brown rice, almond and soy. They contain iron, B12, and protein which can benefit your muscles.
For your Fibromyalgia, alternative treatments include chiropractic care, acupuncture and even massages. Try one or all three. Everyone’s body is unique. Chiropractic care and adjustments can improve pain levels in the spine, neck and skull. As for acupuncture points, they aim to correct various imbalances within your body by the flow of qi, which is Chinese medicine. As for a massage therapist, they aim at relaxing tense muscles to reduce pain. Always begin gently to avoid aggravating trigger points.
Herbal supplements will aid in fighting off colds, the flu or any other infections you might encounter. Consider the following: oregano, larch, selenium, probiotics, vitamin A and vitamin C. These are vital to boost your immune system.
Sarah Curcio has a Career Diploma in Nutrition, Diet and Health Science. She runs a mutual self-help and social support group for individuals with Celiac Disease and various food allergens. Visit for further details. Her health coaching assists with specialty diets, vitamins, minerals, basic herbal supplements, and alternative treatment advice.