The Science of Ayurveda for Fibromyalgia - Herbal wisdom from the health system of Ayurveda
by N J Howell
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Ayurveda for Fibro: There are several ayurvedic herbs that may be helpful with symptoms of fibromyalgia. This is due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Let's talk about a couple, tumeric and guggul.
Tumeric has a very long history of use as a culinary herb. It's woody, earthy flavor lends itself to to many dishes and is one ingredient that is necessary in the creation of curry powder so it is no surprise that tumeric is so often included in East Indian dishes. In fact, India is the world's leading producer of tumeric for consumer use, as well as the largest consumer.
Turmeric has popularity outside India as well, For example, Southeastern Asian recipes for relishes and mustards often call for tumeric. Though not as aromatic as saffron, tumeric can be used to replace real saffron for comparable flavoring and coloring of foods. In addition to being a flavorful substance to add to foods, tumeric contains an ingredient called curcumin that works remarkably well against free radical damage because of it's superiour antioxidant qualities.
Anti-inflammatory Properties:Tumeric is often used as an inflammatory agent. The curcumin in tumeric reduces inflammation by lowering histamine levels and possibly by increasing production of natural cortisone. Curcumin also helps protect the liver and prevent blood platelets from clumping, which makes it n excellent supplement to take for poor circulation and to protect your body against atherosclerosis.
As with any other health supplement, there exist potential side effects with using turmeric. If considering adding this important spice to your diet please review some of the more common turmeric side effects and cautions.
Though no human studies have been conducted using curcumin to combat cancer, there are several studies that have been done with animals which show a definite cancer-preventing action with of curcumin, possibly due to it's antioxidant properties. Of course, the anti-inflammatory properties bear special notice with fibro sufferers since it is believed that general body inflammation may be an underlying factor in fibromyalgia pain.
Beneficial also for Fibro - Guggulu ( Commiphora mukul ): Commiphora mukul is a small tree that grows wild in India. The medicinal part of the tree is the gum resin. In Ayurvedic medicine, the Commiphora mukul tree is highly revered in Ayurveda for its medicinal properties.
It is more commonly referred to as guggulu or guggul and has had some attention for addressing high cholesterol, in addition to other uses in ayurvedic medicine. For example, Guggulu is used to address arthritis, bronchitis, diabetes, fevers, weight loss, PMS, stress, and ulcers. The gum resin that is carefully extracted from the Commiphora mukul tree is pale yellow in color and aromatic. It quickly solidifies and the dried resin has a bitter aromatic taste. The odor, then, is of balsam.
Health Disclaimer: Ayurveda is a whole science unto itself so for best results with ayurvedic medicine, be sure to follow all instructions on dosage carefully. herbal or ayurvedic fibromyalgia remedies are not a replacement for medical attention. The Ayurvedic Herbals to address fibromyalgia, discussed on this page, should not be taken if pregnant.