Fibromyalgia is a complex and surprising health condition that is reaching epidemic proportions in the United States and Canada. An estimated 5 million Americans suffer from this condition. Because traditional medicine has many less effective alternatives to fur at this point, people with this condition are often referred to as hypochondriacs and are said to have their problem in their brain.
Many people with fibromyalgia experience severe and debilitating pain that revolves around the body. In addition, people with this condition often exhibit neurological problems that can manifest as memory loss, difficulty concentrating, anxiety, and depression. Since this condition has a neurological component, it is very convenient to discount the symptoms of these people as signs of neurosis.
This condition is very real and it terribly disables and weakens people experiencing symptoms. Lack of medical help, family support and social support can be incredibly different for people with this condition. This exacerbates the suffering of those who are already in deep physical and mental pain.
There is a building block of research that points to the possibility that fibromyalgia is not an “autoimmune” disorder, but rather caused by many different infectious pathogens. Some of the germs that can cause the symptoms of fibromyalgia are mycoplasmas and various mer filling bacteria that are carried by insects. These pathogens are not easily detected because they live inside our cells instead of in the bloodstream. Special testing methods are needed to detect specific pathogens that may provoke symptoms for a person with fibromyalgia.
It also appears that the severity of symptoms in a person may be related to the number of different pathogens in the person. A person may experience pain and other symptoms that are highly resistant to traditional methods of treatment, as the pain persists until the pathogenic load is reduced. Simply suppressing symptoms such as pain does not work very well for people with this condition or does not work for very long.
One of the most effective ways to manage fibromyalgia is through the use of essential oils. Essential oils can help people with fibromyalgia in many different ways. First of all, they can relieve fibro pain. The pain relief people experience is often marked and accelerated, even when the pain does not respond to heavy duty steroids or opiates. This in itself is a wonderful thing because pain can be noticed naturally, reducing the risk of unwanted side effects and reducing the risk of addiction to painkillers.
Another advantage of using essential oils is that oils can have a clear effect on one’s mental and emotional state. This is partly due to the fact that the molecules that compose oils have the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, and have a positive effect on the brain. The effects of oils can range from relieving anxiety to improving sleep, increasing concentration, and relieving depression. The use of essential oils can relieve many of the neuropsychiatric and emotional problems associated with this condition that most disrespect the patient and those around him.
Essential oils are also very effective in improving the immune response. This improves the body’s ability to fight off any infectious processes that have taken hold.
Many essential oils are also antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral, and are active against mycoplasmas. Oils directly kill pathogens that can disrupt a person’s health and well-being. People with fibromyalgia often respond very quickly to the treatment of essential oils because the oil quickly reduces the pathogenic load on the body. Each essential oil is often active against a wide spectrum of pathogens, and when these oils are used interchangeably, their ability to deal with a wide range of bacteria, fungi, and viruses increases.
Essential oil treatments can result in increased energy, significant pain reduction, improved concentration, better memory, metabolism, better sleep, decreased anxiety, decreased depression, better range of motion, improved blood circulation and significantly better quality of life.
Because pathogens that may be responsible for fibromyalgia are often quite resistant to treatment, essential oils must be used at higher concentrations than conventional aromatherapy. Some of the oils I have seen include eucalyptus, frankincense, lemon and lavender, to which people have responded well.
People with fibromyalgia are often embarrassed by aromatherapy as an alternative because many of them are chemically sensitive and have a strong reaction to odors. Essential oils are natural plant extracts that have no resemblance to toxic chemical perfumes. While there is a temporary increase in symptoms such as headaches in people with fibromyalgia, when the essential oil is exposed, it is not as a result of chemical sensitization, it is a detoxification reaction and a healing emergency response. The difference is that the person may experience temporary discomfort, but then they experience significant improvement. On the other side of the question, when a person is exposed to an artificial chemical scent, the person will spiral downwards, as the chemical has increased, not decreased, the toxic load on the body.
Essential oils are powerful multifaceted natural herbs that are extremely beneficial when considering the complexity and variety of symptoms experienced by fibromyalgia. These powerful substances can provide hope for people who may be frustrated by their surprising and cunning illness, if they are open to a natural alternative.