Herbs and Fibromyalgia Treatment
Leon Chaitow, N.D., D.O., M.R.O.
There have been no clinical trials involving herbal treatment of Fibromyalgia however at least one very well researched herb is being used clinically to help circulation to the brain: Ginko biloba. In addition leading herbalists are on record as claiming benefits from an approach which tries to ‘support the nervous system with herbal nerve tonics and adaptogens’ (fibromyalgia herbal treatment substances which help the body cope with stress). Additionally herbal methods try to help the defence mechanisms by using known immune system enhancers such as echinacea, astragalus and ginseng. Various nervine herbal treatments for fibromyalgia would also be included in a combination aimed at helping normalize sleep disturbances. An herbal treatment formula for fibromyalgia is suggested which consists of:
2 parts Panax quinquefolium (American Ginseng)
2 parts Astragalus mongolicus
2 parts Angelica sinensis (Dong quai)
1 part Ginko biloba
1 part Cimicifuga racemosa (Black cohosh)
1/2 part passiflora incarnata (Passion flower)
1/2 part Betonica officinalis (Wood betony)
1/2 part Matricaria chamomila (Chamomile)
1/2 part Zizyphus sativa (Jujube red dates)
This herbal treatment formula for fibromyalgia is claimed to be a tonic which will support people with chronic weakness, anxiety, headaches, sleep disturbances and general fatigue as well as diminished blood flow to the extremities. The person who needs this will probably have a weak pulse, weak digestive system, have headaches and will be fatigued. A dose of between half and one teaspoon (infusion) two or three times daily taken between meals is suggested.
1. Kacera W Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue – a different strain of the same disease? Canadian Journal of Herbalism October 1993 Vol.XlV no lV pp20-29
Dr. Chaitow is a practicing naturopath, osteopath, and acupuncturist in the UK, with over forty years clinical experience. He regularly lectures in the USA and Europe, and has written over 60 books on natural health and alternative medicine.