There are many approaches taken toward the treatment fibromyalgia, ranging from pharmaceutical medicines to food elimination to sleep therapies to acupuncture and massage. They range in cost as much as they range in effect. Of course, everyone is interested in convenience and savings, but there are sufferers of fibromyalgia who would pay their last dime for even a little temporary relief.
Thankfully, there are some effective home remedies for alleviating fibromyalgia pain that make living with the condition at least a little more manageable. These remedies for reduction fibromyalgia aches and pains are advantageous because they do not come with any of the adverse side effects of pharmaceutical medications, and they can be applied in the convenience and privacy of home, using ingredients you find at your favorite supermarket, or that you may already have in your pantry.
Honey & Lemon
Not only are they tasty food ingredients, but they seem to possess a special set of healing properties all their own. One sweet and one tart, mixed together in warm water they make a delicious, soothing concoction. This mixture is thought to be effective against fibromyalgia pain because honey has a high amount of potassium.
Warm Vinegar Massage
The presence of vinegar is unmistakable when it is right under your nose. Its aroma is not nearly as subtle as the potential it has to alleviate joint and muscle pain from fibromyalgia. Warm approximately two cups of vinegar and gently massage it where you feel pain gathering in your muscles and joints. Vinegar has already been used for generations to treat persistent pain in joints and muscles, though it isn’t always the first remedy that comes to mind because, remarkably, it is so easy to access.
Curcumin, also called turmeric, is known for its anti-inflammatory properties that lend to the treatment of fibromyalgia pain. For a sweet and spicy indulgence just before bedtime, throw a dash of turmeric powder into a glass of cold milk and enjoy! Its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant agents will help you minimize muscle discomfort and rest well in the night.
Alkalize Your Body
Employ the right use of the right foods to adjust the alkaline in your blood back to a healthy level and ultimately reduce pain levels. Using organic cider vinegar, fresh lemons and lemon juice, cream of tartar and fresh, tart cherry juice in your recipes will help.
Make teas from dandelion, red clover and burdock roots to help cleanse your bloodstream and boost your immune system. For the best results, you should drink four to six cups each day. For fibromyalgia related depression, St. John’s wort is an herb supplement that has shown itself to be effectively uplifting when used regularly.
Use a pleasant, soothing mixture of panaway and wintergreen oils to massage away the pain of fibromyalgia from muscles and joints.
Simmer fresh, ripe cherries in a mixture of butter and unrefined brown sugar from tree sap. Start by melting 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter, careful not to scorch it, to a liquid. Add 10 to 12 ripe cherries, and as they start to caramelize, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of the brown sugar and simmer until the mixture is golden brown. It’s almost too sweet to endure!
For variation—or just to level out the sweetness—separately prepare 4 or 5 tablespoons of oatmeal with milk instead of water. As the oatmeal nears completion, add the cherry mixture and boil together a minute or two.
Radish & Cranberry Juices
Radish and cranberry juices, though stout, offer effective relief of fibromyalgia muscular pain.
Raw papaya is another anti-inflammatory food that will help minimize fibromyalgia pain. For an interesting variation, make a tea using 8 to 10 ground papaya seeds boiled in a cup of water. Then, simply strain and enjoy!
Consume 2 to 3 teaspoons of ginger juice to alleviate fibromyalgia achiness. What’s better? Soak your body in a warm bath drawn with 4 to 5 ounces of ground ginger powder.
How Else Can I Tackle Fibromyalgia From Home?
While we know about some effective—and sometimes delicious—home remedies for managing fibromyalgia pain, an equally important method of management is found in knowing how to avoid aggravating the symptoms to begin with. Counteractive methods can be somewhat effective, but preventative measures are an even better way to minimize fibromyalgia aches and pains.
Avoid Anything Enriched or Refined
Abstain from salt, white sugar and white flour as much as you possibly can. There are more far reaching health benefits to this idea than merely minimizing fibromyalgia achiness. But don’t do without sweetness altogether! Substitute unrefined brown sugar or raw cane sugar for refined white sugar and enjoy them in moderation. Substitute whole grain flour for enriched white flour and avoid yeasts altogether! Try seasoning your foods with spicy accents like pepper, cumin or turmeric and avoid salt as much as you can.
Take time to De-Stress
You already know that tiredness and chronic fatigue over time will take its toll on you. Know when to step away from work and home responsibilities, and dedicate time to yourself regularly to meditate and unwind.
Exercise Regularly & Rest Well
Starting even a light exercise regime, at first, is difficult because it requires you to face up to the pain head on. Walking, aerobic exercise and yoga are actually very effective ways to decrease fibromyalgia pain over time. They are not quick fixes for immediate relief, but like the effort, the results are long lasting.
Equal in importance is getting enough bodily rest and restorative sleep. It is not always an easy feat, as sleep deprivation is a common symptom of fibromyalgia to begin with. Do your best to develop healthy sleeping habits, like going to bed early every night and getting out of bed at the same time every day. Adequate rest is crucial to your ability to manage your fibromyalgia. If necessary, consider seeing a professional who can help you learn and develop healthy sleeping habits.