Meet 3 medicinal plants for fibromyalgia that are beneficial for the treatment of symptoms of chronic musculoskeletal pain that affects people with this disease.
Find out the properties of herbs such as marigold and passionflower and a new herb for fibromyalgia, when used in the correct doses.
Learn also what are the contraindications that you should consider if you decide to use these medicinal herbs and how to acquire them.
According to the Institute of Science and Technology, the name derives from Latin and means health and comes from Europe, Asia, and North America. It is a grass 1.5 m high, contains short roots and leaves with white flowers. Rhizomes and roots are used.
1.1. Properties for Fibromyalgia
According to the Ohlone Center for Herbal Studies, valerian is a mild relaxing herb for fibromyalgia. Valerian helps reduce the impact of stress and anxiety on the body.
This herb decreases both nervous and muscular tension.
According to another study conducted by the European Medicines Agency, valerian reduces anxiety measured as a reduction in heart rate.
It is also useful for improving sleep and can be taken at night for this purpose.
This is thanks to the fact that it has hypnotic properties due to the presence of volatile acids and alkaloid compounds that induce sleep in patients with fibromyalgia.
Valerian is contraindicated in patients who have a sensitivity to the herb in which it causes a skin rash.
Apart from this, Valerian is safe and appropriate even for children over 12 years of age and older.
As a side effect we can mention that it produces drowsiness, during the day it can alter the dangerous judgment for example when driving, it is advisable to take it at night.
Adverse effects of the use of valerian have not been observed in the recommended doses. In high quantities some patients had headache and hangover feeling in the morning.
Other people reported gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, nausea, indigestion, stomach upset and bitter taste in the mouth.
1.3. The recommended dose and how to get it
According to the study conducted at the Ohlone Center for Herbal Studies, it is recommended to take a valerian infusion at night.
Specifically in another study at the European Medicines Agency, it is advised to take as an infusion an amount of dried valerian herb between 2 to 3 gr half an hour to an hour before bedtime.
This favors sleep, relieves nervousness and prevents sleep disturbance, if a single infusion is not enough, an extra infusion may be added a while before it is taken at bedtime.
In addition to as an infusion and juice, it can be used externally by taking a dip with valerian that increases well-being, reduces sensitivity and relaxes the body.
The recommendation is the use of 100 gr of valerian herb for a full bath with warm water, once a day, which relieves nervousness, headaches, and sleep disorders.
2. Passion Flower
According to a study conducted at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, the passionflower has flowers of red, violet and provides a yellow fruit. It is found in tropical and warm regions of North and South America.
2.1. Properties for Fibromyalgia
Like valerian, the passionflower is an herb that restores deep and healthy sleep in patients with fibromyalgia due to its strong hypnotic effect.
One of the flavonoids you have is called apigenin and has anti-inflammatory effects.
The passionflower also relieves muscle tension that occurs in fibromyalgia as a result of chronic pain. This herb also decreases pain sensitivity.
Also, according to another study conducted at Regis University, the passionflower is one of the herbs highlighted by its power to detoxify the body.
In addition, the passionflower improves gastrointestinal problems that occur in people with fibromyalgia.
The passionflower is not recommended during pregnancy or lactation or in patients taking anticoagulant medications, aspirin or antiplatelets, because they increase the risk of bleeding.
Like Valerian, the indication is to take it at night, because during the day it can cause sedation or drowsiness and a slowdown in mental functions.
The passionflower can cause allergies such as skin irritation, asthma, and inflammation of the blood vessels. The quality of this plant should be considered because impurities are usually responsible for the reactions.
Other side effects that have been reported to a lesser extent are gastrointestinal such as nausea and vomiting.
The passionflower increases the effects of antidepressant and analgesic medications, which is favorable if these drugs were already used for the relief of depression and pain.
This herb increases the effects of medications to reduce pressure and diuretics.
2.3. The recommended dose and how to get it
The flower of passion can also be found in natural stores with the name of passionflower.
To this dose of passionflower, boiling water is added and allowed to stand for 5 to 10 minutes and then drunk daily.
It is important to take the precaution of acquiring the pure and natural herb because the mixture of the passionflower with other herbs in addition to allergy can also cause liver failure and death.
The marigold is a plant between 30 and 60 cm high, native to the Mediterranean countries, contains bright yellow leaves pulling orange 10-20 cm long and 1-4 cm wide. It has a strong aroma and mild flavor when consumed.
3.1. Properties for Fibromyalgia
According to a study conducted at Ohlone Center for Herbal Studies, calendula has antioxidant, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.
This means that it protects the body against the adverse effects of mental and physical stress and relieves pain. It also collaborates in the management of insomnia.
According to Panjab University, calendula also contains flavonoids, carotenoids, and polysaccharides, which act by inhibiting the central nervous system and producing a sedative effect.
In addition, according to the study conducted at Regis university to the aforementioned medicinal virtues, its immunostimulatory capacity is added.
This means that it favors the excretion of wastes from the body, preventing them from accumulating, preventing the body from functioning properly and identifying foreign substances. This is how it strengthens the defenses to deal with fibromyalgia.
According to the study mentioned above, the toxicity of marigold flowers is rare.
Cases of anaphylactic shock were reported in allergic people who gargle with a calendula infusion, which is a serious allergic reaction.
The components of marigold flowers act on the central nervous system and can lead to a decrease in blood pressure.
3.3. Recommended dose and how to get it
The beneficial part of the calendula for fibromyalgia is its leaves.
Calendula can be used as an infusion to relieve tension caused by muscle pain and improve digestive symptoms.
To prepare the infusion of marigold dry flower petals are used and to reverse the effects of fibromyalgia 2 to 3 cups a day is recommended.
Topically, the skin has an anti-inflammatory action mainly, that is, it relieves pain considerably.
Encourage integrating these herbs in the form of juice or infusion into your specialized fibromyalgia plan to control your pain and other discomforts.
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