Managing Your Fibromyalgia Pain Without a Prescription

Natural Remedies for Fibromyalgia Pain Relief

If you have fibromyalgia, you may be painfully aware that many medications prescribed to improve your symptoms, do not work as well as you would like. Fibromyalgia is a complex condition involving your brain and nervous system. The standard treatments do not work for everyone. You could be pleased to know that there are effective pain-relievers not found at your local pharmacy. Many natural pain-relievers can be used on their own, or to complement your current treatment. Let’s take a look at five natural alternatives.

If you have fibromyalgia, you may be painfully aware that many medications prescribed to improve your symptoms, do not work as well as you would like.


Fibromyalgia is a complex condition involving your brain and nervous system. The standard treatments do not work for everyone.


You could be pleased to know that there are effective pain-relievers not found at your local pharmacy. Many natural pain-relievers can be used on their own, or to complement your current treatment. Let’s take a look at five natural alternatives.



Tumeric

Tumeric is a plant traditionally used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. The key component in turmeric is curcumin. Curcumin has been shown to be even more effective than NSAIDs in fighting pain and inflammation.There are several additional benefits:

Reduces cold hands and tingling fingers

Improves insomnia

Reduces muscle spasms

Improves concentration

Aids digestion

Tumeric can be added to food, sipped like tea or taken as a supplement. Since turmeric can thin the blood, those taking a blood thinner and women who are pregnant should avoid the spice.


Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint oil is up to 48 percent menthol, so many find the use of peppermint oil to be soothing and invigorating. Peppermint oil is a well-received pain treatment for several reasons:

Peppermint oil is an analgesic that reduces pain

Has anti-inflammatory properties

Reduces muscle spasms

Reduces tension

Peppermint oil should not be applied full-strength to your skin as it can cause chemical burns. It is best to dilute peppermint oil with a natural carrier oil, such as olive or coconut oil.


Juniper Berry Oil

Juniper oil has a woodsy aroma and is a natural muscle relaxer. This essential oil can ease muscle spasms as well as muscle and joint pain. Juniper berry oil has other healthful benefits.

Reduces inflammation

Promotes sleep

Repels insects

Reduces Stress

A few drops of juniper berry oil blended with a carrier oil can be applied to your skin used to ease fibromyalgia pain. You can also slip a few drops of oil into your bath.


Lavender Oil

Lavender oil can treat several symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. It is well known for its relaxing effect on the body. Lavender oil can do more fibromyalgia than treat pain and inflammation.

Promotes sleep

Reduces migraines

Eases anxiety

Relieves skin irritation

Lavender a few drops of lavender oil can also be added to your bath. You can also combine lavender with juniper berry oil and  Epsom salts. The magnesium in an Epsom salt bath will also ease your muscle aches and tension.


Arnica Gels and Creams

The flowers and the roots of the arnica plant have been used for centuries in herbal medicine. Topical arnica gels and creams are available for pain relief. The following list of arnica benefits is impressive.

Anti-inflammatory

Treats muscle aches

Alleviates muscle spasms

Reduces rheumatic pain

Delays muscle soreness from exercise

Reduces swelling and bruising

Arnica essential oil should not be used in its undiluted form.  Arnica oil should not be used for aromatherapy or ingested. The oil is quite potent and may be toxic when concentrated.

Natural remedies, such as essential oils and turmeric can be used to enhance your current fibromyalgia treatment. Like all medications, there are risks of side effects, and these treatments can interact with other medications. You may want to do a bit of investigating.  For your best source of advice about natural pain relief, consult with a qualified homeopathic practitioner.


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