Updated: Aug 2, 2019
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition marked by widespread body pain and is often accompanied by fatigue, insomnia, depression, anxiety and brain fog. (1)
1 in 50 Americans suffer from fibromyalgia, and if you’re one of them, you know how challenging it can be to find relief. There is quite a bit of mystery surrounding the cause of fibromyalgia and there is no known cure. This makes finding sustainable treatment options to keep symptoms at bay challenging. (2)
Traditional medical interventions for fibromyalgia patients can include painkillers and antidepressants. Unfortunately, these prescription drugs don’t always alleviate the pain associated with fibromyalgia. In addition, long-term use of these prescription drugs can present unwanted side-effects. (3) As a result, more and more people are turning to alternative and natural remedies for fibromyalgia relief.
Natural Remedies for Fibromyalgia
Yoga & Tai Chi. Both practices focus on slow controlled movement of the body combined with meditation and deep breathing. The gentle exercise and breath control has been shown to aid in managing fibromyalgia symptoms. (4).
Sleep. This may be easier said than done if you’ve been battling fibromyalgia-induced insomnia. But, solid sleep is crucial to managing other fibromyalgia symptoms. Try to stick to a sleep schedule by going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. Create a calming evening routine to prime your mind and body for sleep. Limiting screen-time, dimming lights, reducing noise in the house, doing a bit of meditation, and drinking a warm cup of chamomile tea can all help signal to your body that it’s time to rest. Avoiding naps during the day, and limiting caffeine can also help make sure that your body is ready for sleep once bedtime rolls around. (4)
Exercise. Be sure to check with your doctor before you start an exercise routine, but slowly building up your activity level can help strengthen your muscles and reduce pain over time. When you’re first starting out consider low impact activities like taking a walk, working in the garden, or swimming. (4)
Supplements. 5-HTP is a natural amino acid that helps your body produce serotonin, a happy hormone. Researchers believe that this supplement can boost mood, relieve anxiety, and reduce pain and stiffness. Another supplement option is SAMe, which is naturally produced by the body. Studies show that it can also reduce pain, morning stiffness and fatigue. (3)
Magnesium. Studies show that fibromyalgia has been linked to magnesium deficiency. Not only does supplementing with topical magnesium help to reverse a deficiency, but it also works to combat other fibromyalgia symptoms like muscle pain, insomnia, and fatigue. (1)
Acupuncture. This ancient Chinese practice can help reduce a variety of chronic pain. Most researchers conclude that acupuncture may play a beneficial role as part of a care plan for fibromyalgia patients. (5)
Practice self-care. That means rest when you feel tired, eat a well-balanced diet, drink lots of water, and listen to your body. (4)
Most doctors agree that you can’t cure fibromyalgia. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t make every effort to support your health. Incorporating these alternative solutions can be a great start towards feeling better, naturally.
To your health!
*A note on safety. When you’re considering combatting fibromyalgia with natural remedies, be sure to consult your healthcare provider. Some alternative solutions interact with other medicines, and should be added only under the supervision of a doctor.*