There are a many great articles and books that stress the importance of alternative therapies for Fibromyalgia and chronic pain. Doctors are often at a loss for ways to control the different issues and pain problems that accompany FM. Many times the patient becomes extremely frustrated as well, which can cause them to become depressed and lose hope.
Web MD recently posted more news about alternative therapies for FM. The article can be found at www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/fibromyalgia-what-you-need-to-know-10/herbs-supplements?ecd=wnl_fib_071911
Within the article, Web MD clearly states to be sure to talk with your doctor before beginning or trying supplement or alternative therapy. The article also states that many people are turning to alternative methods but not everyone is helped by these treatments. Keep in mind that everyone is different and what helps one person might not help another. Either way, it is always good to know the current research and news that is available and this article gives more helpful hints. Research is continual, but Web MD has found a few herbs and supplements that might be helpful in treating FM symptoms.
Anthocyanidin is a supplement that is a type of flavonoid found in fruits such as red cherries, blueberries, raspberries, and purple grapes. In a recent study, people with FM reported this supplement helped improve their sleep. Some side effects found, although minor, included nausea, indigestion, and nasal congestion.
Capsaicin is an extract of chili peppers applied to the skin in cream form. This supplement was found to significantly relieve tenderness in patients with FM. No improvement of pain was reported and the side effect was a slight burning or stinging of the skin.
Magnesium and malic acid supplements have been found to help the body produce ATP, a substance that helps provide energy to body and muscles. In some studies, people with FM have been found to have too little ATP. Taking this supplement could help increase ATP and decrease pain.
SAM-e (S-Anenosylmethionine) is a substance that occurs naturally in the body and has been studied numerous times over the past 20 years. The studies show that this might work in relieving pain, much the same way that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and aspirin do. Studies have also shown that SAM-e reduced pain as effectively as Celebrex for patients with osteoarthritis. New research shows SAM-e might also be effective in treating depression, a symptom of FM. SAM-e might interact with medications for depression, so be sure to talk with your doctor if you’re thinking about trying this or any other supplement. Side effects for SAM-e include upset stomach and dizziness.
St. John’s Wort is an herb and has been found to help with depression. Again, this can interact with other depression meds, so please be sure to check with your doctor before trying it.
Valerian is a supplement that researchers believe might help with sleep and ease fibromyalgia pain. A small study recently showed that people with FM who took Valerian for 28 days reported better sleep habits and an improvement in general quality of life.
Vitamin D is well known for supporting bone strength and bone health and is now being used for Fibromyalgia because people with FM have been found to be deficient in Vitamin D. This supplement is generally safe and rarely causes side effects when taken as recommended.