The following is a guest post by Ian Lebowski, founder of BestPortableVaporizer.com.
Being in sound health is the dream of every human being. Unfortunately, this is not always the case as diseases continue to ravage many souls. Worse still, due to lack of known cure, some illnesses such as fibromyalgia have been deemed lifestyle ailments that can only be managed. With conventional medicines, some people fail to respond to treatment. Others suffer severe side effects that weigh them down more than the original ailment.
For instance, someone with fibro experiences non-inflammatory chronic pain, tenderness in ligaments, joints and muscles, as well as body fatigue. Such a person will suffer difficulties sleeping, painful menstrual periods, headaches and morning stiffness, among other chronic disorders.
Since there is no known cure for fibro, many have turned to unconventional ways passed down from ancient medicine. Although not endorsed as appropriate treatment methods, in the few instances where scientific research has been done, they have been proven to work. Let’s examine three of these non-approved yet effective curative methods one could consider when suffering from fibromyalgia.
Native to India, this treatment method has been around for over three centuries. It has been passed down from generation to generation, too. Basically, this medieval healing practice employs a holistic approach to the well-being of a person. Besides physical wellness, one’s emotional and spiritual balance is a critical aspect that Ayurvedic practitioners focus on.
This method of combating ailments differs from conventional treatment procedures in that it focuses on supporting the body to fight the pathogens. On the other hand, conventional treatment methods use drugs that fight the disease-causing organisms. For Ayurveda treatment to work, a proper diagnosis of any imbalance in the physical, spiritual and emotional life of the person must be done.
In the case of fibromyalgia, the main cause, from an Ayurvedic view, is Vata (nervous system) imbalance. In such a situation, aggravated Vata will subvert the nervous system, thus causing hypersensitivity which in turn leads to ligament tenderness and pain. The condition is fueled by buildup of toxins (Ama) and shrotorodha (blockage of body tracts). Any proper treatment should focus on reversing these situations. Other important aspects to tackle are chronic stress, weak digestion and constipation, all related to an aggravated Vata dosha.
How is ayurveda applied?
When the ailment is identified, commonly used prescriptions include strict diet, monitored exercise, detoxification methods and use of herbal extracts.
- Diet: Some allowable foods for fibro by ayurveda include vegetables, spices, coconut water and milk, juices from vegetables and some fruits. Some foods are also prohibited during the treatment.
- Exercise: Some practices such as yoga, pranayama and meditation are believed to support personal healing. This is by reducing stress, mental fatigue and anxiety.
- Detoxification: This process is carried out to purify the body systems of the toxins. The swedan and snehan methods used in this process are believed to balance Vata. Snehan is a specific body massage done using herbal oil. It not only restores balance in the nervous system but also provides a soothing effect while enhancing excretion of toxins. Swedan is a sweating process involving steam and is carried out after snehan.
- Herbal extracts: These may include garlic, ginger, licorice root, Guggul, turmeric and Ayurvedic compounds, among others.
All these should be taken under supervision by an experienced ayurvedic practitioner.
Chinese traditional medicine and herbs
According to Chinese medicine, fibromyalgia is classified as ji bi (muscle spasticity), which comes with fatigue (xu lao), depression (sheng) and insomnia (Shi mian). The main cause of these problems is believed to be liver-spleen imbalance.
The practice of using some parts like barks, fruits, roots, leaves and seeds of plants for medicinal purposes among the Chinese goes back over 2,000 years ago. The use of herbs is commonly combined with other Chinese medicine practices, which focus on Yin, Yang, and Qi principles. Some exercises such as Qi Gong are common in treatment of fibromyalgia.
A suitable treatment for fibromyalgia is acupuncture. It involves piercing the skin with sharp metallic needles and stimulating them by touch or an electric control (some devices can be used at home). The idea is to restore a healthy balance between the physical and mental aspects of the body, which are key to one’s well-being. This will reduce anxiety, stress, depression, sleeplessness, and pain.
In Chinese medicine, it is believed that a person is a product of what they eat. Every patient is encouraged to adopt a diet guided by the Chinese Nutritional Principles and Chinese Dietary Therapy. This helps not only replenish any loss resulting from fibromyalgia, but also reduce cravings that lead to unhealthy eating habits.
There are studies that suggest fibromyalgia could be the aftermath of a major disorder known as Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD). The endocannabinoid system is part of the human nervous system. If it malfunctions or there is an imbalance, several things are likely to be experienced. These include pain, mood disorders, insomnia, muscle spasticity and gastrointestinal problems – all these are related to fibro.
The possibility of using marijuana in treatment of the above symptoms is based on the fact that consuming it will restore balance in the body’s endocannabinoid system. The good news is that no adverse side effects have been associated with the cannabinoids. This is a major relief since some people have found most conventional treatments to be doing them more damage than good.
BestPortableVaporizer.com founder Ian Lebowski has been an avid vape enthusiast for close to a decade now. Originally working in quality control and testing, Ian has reviewed hundreds of vape products over the years. He now works directly with manufacturers working on new product technologies.