Medicinal Herbs to Relieve Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Combined with a traditional medical treatment, certain medicinal herbs can make the symptoms of fibromyalgia more bearable. Among them is cayenne pepper, whose capsaicin content helps reduce pain.
Today the causes of fibromyalgia remain unknown, so this disorder should be approached in a multidisciplinary way. Having good lifestyle habits, following medical advice, proper nutrition, and the following medicinal plants can make a big difference from day-to-day.
Medicinal plants that can alleviate fibromyalgia symptoms
You might be asking yourself if there really are medicinal plants that can help with this problem. The Department of Physiology at the Federal University of Sergipe (in Brazil) found that different natural remedies can help reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia on various fronts. We have to be clear, however, that these obviously aren’t going to heal you to the point that you’ll go back to your normal activities without a trace of pain or fatigue. These medicinal herbs can only help alleviate fibromyalgia symptoms, making them more bearable if used in combination with other treatments and strategies like prescription medication, psychological treatment, and nutritional guidelines. But first, let’s see how these herbs can help:
- Improve quality of sleep
- Reduce symptoms of depression
- Reduce pain
- Lessen stiffness in the joints
- Reduce inflammation
- Lower anxiety
- Combat fatigue
Let’s look at what plants are the most helpful.
This plant is also known as “devil’s claw” and you can find it at natural stores and pharmacies in the form of tablets or tea bags. The German Ministry of Health recommends this herb to anyone suffering from joint pain, rheumatism, and arthritis. It’s an excellent anti-inflammatory and is also good for relieving pain. And do you know what’s best? There are no adverse side effects, something we can rarely avoid with traditional medications.
It also helps the body recover from trauma, and helps alleviate problems with digestion and the gastrointestinal system. Devil’s claw is well-suited for patients with fibromyalgia, especially if you consume it every morning.
This herb is also known as the San Juan plant. Hypericum is a very effective at addressing sadness, discouragement, and mild depression associated with fibromyalgia in a natural way. In addition to that, the tea made from this plant provides the body with organic acids, essential oils, keratin, limonene, and tannins. It’s truly a natural wonder that’s worth trying every day, in the morning and the afternoon.
3. Cayenne pepper
This one might surprise you. It’s commonly assumed that cayenne pepper causes inflammation, but it’s actually quite healthy – on the order of garlic, ginger, and mustard seed. The virtues of cayenne pepper lie in its content of capsaicin, which promotes the release of pain-relieving elements. Surely you’ve heard of some topical creams that contain capsaicin for reducing pain. So don’t worry – try drinking two glasses of tea a day prepared with cayenne pepper. The best way to take advantage of its wonderful properties is to add a green tea bag, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and a few drops of lemon juice to a warm glass of water. Let it steep for a few minutes and then add a teaspoon of honey. Drink up, and see how much better you feel.