FIBROMYALGIA – Ayurvedic Treatment, Diet, Exercises, Yoga & Pranayama

       Fibromyalgia or fibrositis is the widespread pain and tenderness in the musculoskeletal system. 

  • SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA  
  • CAUSES OF FIBROMYALGIA  
  • PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF FIBROMYALGIA  
  • DIAGNOSIS OF FIBROMYALGIA  
  • TREATMENTS FOR FIBROMYALGIA  
  • PROGNOSIS OF FIBROMYALGIA  
  • COMPLICATIONS OF FIBROMYALGIA  
  • FIBROMYALGIA   AND AYURVEDA
  • NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF FIBROMYALGIA  
  • PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA  
  • SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF FIBROMYALGIA  
  • LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA  
  • AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF FIBROMYALGIA  
  • CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR FIBROMYALGIA  
  • AYURVEDIC LOCAL TREATMENT FOR FIBROMYALGIA  
  • AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR FIBROMYALGIA  
  • AYURVEDIC SHODHANA TREATMENT FOR FIBROMYALGIA  
  • COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR FIBROMYALGIA  
  • HOME REMEDIES FOR FIBROMYALGIA  
  • DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR FIBROMYALGIA  
  • YOGA FOR FIBROMYALGIA  
  • RESEARCH PAPERS OF AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF FIBROMYALGIA  

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA 

  • Aching pain
  • Dull to sharp pain
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle spasm
  • Flatulence
  • Abdominal cramps
  • mood swings
  • Tingling sensation
  • Sleep disturbances
  • joint stiffness
  • headache

CAUSES OF FIBROMYALGIA 

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Overstimulation of nervous system
  • Strenuous physical activities
  • Mental stress
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Infections
  • Side effects of certain medications

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF FIBROMYALGIA 

  • The pain of fibromyalgia is assumed to relate to a dysfunction of central nociceptive processing.
  • In referred body pain, increased excitation of the spinal cord occurs. Muscular spasm is mostly secondary to a painful lesion in another muscle or joint.
  • Psychosocial factors like stress is also contributing to pain.

DIAGNOSIS OF FIBROMYALGIA 

  • Laboratory tests
  • Musculoskeletal examinations
  • Neurological examinations
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • X – rays
  • Electromyography
  • Thyroid function tests
  • Anti-nuclear antibody

TREATMENTS FOR FIBROMYALGIA 

  • Medications –Analgesics, antidepressants
  • Treatment of underlying pathology
  • Physiotherapy

PROGNOSIS OF FIBROMYALGIA 

  • Prognosis is based on the cause of the pain, duration  and condition of the patient

COMPLICATIONS OF FIBROMYALGIA   

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Depression

FIBROMYALGIA  AND AYURVEDA

  • In Ayurveda,fibromyalgia falls under Vata vyadhi or a Vata dosha imbalance disorder (mamsagata vata).
  • Vata vyadhi can be correlated to neurological or neuromuscular disorders. The causes and pathogenesis of diseases caused by vitiation of Vata dosha, in general, are the exclusive cause and pathogenesis ofpain, numbness, weakness.

NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF FIBROMYALGIA 

  • Excess consumption of ununctuous, cold food
  • Excessive physical exercise.
  • Suppression of natural urges.
  • Trauma
  • Injuries

PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA 

  • Dull intermittent pain in the body

SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF FIBROMYALGIA 

  • Vata, pitta and kapha dosha move through all channels of circulation. Due to the subtle nature of vata it impels the remaining two doshas.
  • The aggravated vata having provoked these two doshas, exacerbated and fills up the empty channels and moves greatly inside them or by getting enveloped by the other doshas.
  • The aggravated vata resides in the body and produces different kinds of aches and pains.

LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA 

  • Toda – aching pain
  • Ruk – Pain on the body
  • Bhedanam – cutting pain
  • Sada – weakness

AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF FIBROMYALGIA 

  • Pain associated with traumatic injuries in the nervous system is difficult to cure – krichra sadhya

CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR FIBROMYALGIA 

Ayurvedic local treatment for fibromyalgia  

  • Svedam – Fermentation
  • Pain-relieving lepa application
  • Abhyanga – oil massaging

AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR FIBROMYALGIA  

  • Dasamoolarishtam
  • Rasaraj ras
  • Laksha guggulu
  • Trayodasanga guggulu
  • Mahayogaraja guggulu

 AYURVEDIC SHODHANA TREATMENT FOR FIBROMYALGIA 

  • VASTHI – Medicated enema

COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR FIBROMYALGIA 

Internal administration

  • Balarishtam
  • Punarnavasavam
  • Rasnasaptakam Kashayam
  • Ashtavargam Kashayam
  • Pachanamrutham Kashayam
  • Nirgundyadi Kashayam
  • Rasasindhooram
  • Dasamulaharitaki
  • Nayopayam Leham
  • Vilwadi Leham
  • Hinguvachadi Tablet
  • Dadimashtak Churna
  • Gorochandi Gutika
  • Vayu gulika
  • Rasaraj ras
  • Laksha guggulu
  • Trayodasanga guggulu
  • Mahayogaraja guggulu

External application

  • Snehadhara – with balaswagandha tailam and ksheerabala tailam
  • Shashtika Sali panda sweda

HOME REMEDIES FOR FIBROMYALGIA 

  • Proper rest
  • Drinking plenty of fluids
  • Bathing in warm water
  • Body massaging

DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR FIBROMYALGIA 

  • Avoid food items which produce vata dosha imbalance like cold and dry food, hard to digest. Because vata imbalance aggravates the symptoms.
  • Consume easily digestible food items, cow’s milk
  • Avoid heavy exercises which further aggravate the conditions.
  • Oil massage on the whole body advised. This alleviates vata dosha.
  • Take proper rest.

YOGA FOR FIBROMYALGIA 

  • Nadi Shuddi Pranayam    – calms the mind and gets relief from aches and pains

The patient needs to be seated in a meditative posture with the head and spine erect, with the body relaxed. The patient has to close his one nostril (e.g. left nostril if using the right hand and vice versa) with the thumb and exhale completely through the other nostril. Again, he will have to breathe in deeply through the other nostril while the opposite nostril is still closed with the thumb.

                           

  • Savasana – relaxes body and mind

RESEARCH PAPERS OF AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF FIBROMYALGIA 

  1. Ayurvedic management of Fibromyalgia syndrome: A case report

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/279845316_Ayurvedic_management_of_Fibromyalgia_syndrome_A_case_report

  • Pain management through ayurveda

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/331672467_PAIN_MANAGEMENT_THROUGH_AYURVEDA_A

  • Various methods of pain management in ayurveda- a review article

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