1. If you’re one of the estimated 2-4% of the population suffering from Fibromyalgia (FM) or Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), then you’ve no doubt reached the end of your wits at some point while trying to find treatment that works.

    Typically, doctors begin patients on a regimen of muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatories, and steroids, followed by one of the new miracle pharmaceuticals geared to Fibromyalgia symptoms. These medications, however, leave many sufferers feeling drained and disoriented, with side-effects including persistent diarrhea, recurring headaches, nausea and vomiting, and for many, bleeding ulcers.

    This approach is usually followed by physiotherapy that may include deep tissue massage, acupuncture, and even water therapy.  And while these modalities are known to provide many sufferers with temporary relief, and perhaps a ray of hope, they soon prove to be little more superficial pacifiers requiring indefinite visits to the therapist, while the disease rages on and additional symptoms continue to manifest.

    For this reason, a growing number of Fibromyalgia sufferers are seeking natural curatives for their symptoms, with many finding a number of herbal remedies that are able to effectively treat the pain, stiffness, and so-called “brain fog” of FM far better than drugs or physical therapy. And while there can be no guaranteeing that a particular natural curative will work for every individual, many Fibromyalgia sufferers are finding a few particularly effective.

    First on the list is green tea.

    Many who have incorporated this ancient Asian herb into their daily regime can’t say enough good things about it. While green tea has come into its own in recent years due to its recognized detoxifying and anti-oxidantal properties, many have found it to be a remarkable join pain reliever as well.

    After drinking the suggested six cups each morning for a period of four to five weeks, many Fibromyalgia sufferers report a qualitative reduction in morning pain level–as well as marked improvement in mobility. Range of motion that normally takes several hours to achieve can often be accomplished in as little as one hour. Many are convinced that green tea is one of nature’s natural combatants of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

    The second natural curative getting great reviews from Fibromyalgia sufferers is flaxseed.

    While flax has become broadly advocated in recent years for its concentration of omega-3, brain-stimulating properties, many Fibromyalgia sufferers find it to be a remarkable pain reducer as well.

    After taking 600 mgs each morning with breakfast for four to five weeks, many report an overall, consistent reduction in pain. In addition to taking prepared capsules, many choose to incorporated flaxseed grain into their general diet, adding it to yogurt, oatmeal, and anywhere flour is used, to get the added benefits.

    The next great find for Fibromyalgia sufferers is Korean ginseng (and the "female" equivalent, dong quoi).

    Known as an overall curative and energy builder for centuries in the Far East, Fibromyalgia sufferers report that taking 1000 mgs of this highly potent Asian herb provides an amazing boost to the system–resulting in reduced pain and greater mobility.

    Taken in conjunction with flaxseed and/or green tea, ginseng increases overall energy levels, allowing many to push through any stiffness or residual pain that may surface throughout the day.  (For those who have tried both ginseng and dong quoi, the dong quoi does seem more effective for women than ginseng.)

    Last but not least, is apple cider vinegar.

    Known as “the curative with a thousand and one uses,” the high concentration of malic acid in apple cider vinegar is thought to improve the flow of oxygen in the muscle cells, while the trace nutrients relieve "oxidative stress,” a chemical process many scientists believe contributes to Fibromyalgia symptoms.

    Two tablespoons daily of unfiltered apple cider vinegar is the recommended dose, added to water or added to other foods.

    Top lesser degrees, vitamin E, ginger root, and grape seed extract have also proven effective for some Fibromyalgia sufferers, and would seem to be worth a try.

    (Note: Keep in mind that as is true of any medication or natural remedy, not all herbs and natural curatives work the same on all people. You may need to experiment beyond what is presented here. And should you experience any side-effects whatsoever, discontinue using that herb immediately. But should that occur, do not assume that no herb will work for you. There are many more to try!)

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