It is one of the most renowned traditional systems of medicine that has survived and flourished since the 2nd Century BC and yes it does have treatments for fibromyalgia! (scroll down to see these)
Ayurveda has its foundations laid by the ancient schools of Hinduism. The information about the healing properties of the herbs was composed in the form of poems, called “Shlokas”. These were used by sages to describe the use of medicinal plants and passed down through oral tradition.
IMAGE: From Brief history of ayurveda by Assistant Professor
at Govt. Pharmacy College, Sajong East Sikkim
Ayurveda places great emphasis on prevention and encourages the maintenance of health through close attention to balance in one’s life, right thinking, diet, lifestyle and the use of herbs. Just as everyone has a unique fingerprint, each person has a particular pattern of energy—an individual combination of physical, mental and emotional characteristics—which comprises their own constitution. This constitution is determined at conception by a number of factors and remains the same throughout one’s life. THE AYURVEDIC INSTITUTEAyurveda is an ancient and complex system but here are some of the basics explained:
- The entire universe is composed of 5 elements: Vayu (Air), Jala (Water), Aakash (Space or ether), Prithvi (Earth) and Teja (Fire).
- These 5 elements form the three basic humors of human body in varying combinations. The three humors; Vata dosha, Pitta dosha and Kapha dosha and these control the basic functions of the body.
- Vata dosha maintains the cellular transport, electrolyte balance, elimination of waste products and its effect is increased by dryness. (I have only mentioned vata here as it concerns fibromyalgia)
FIBROMYALGIA and AYURVEDA
In Ayurveda, Fibromyalgia is seen as an imbalance of Vata and accumulated toxins. When Vata is out of balance it creates hypersensitivity that causes tenderness and pain. Vata deals with the nervous system and with movement. The five senses are used to treat conditions in the Ayurvedic system. For fibromyalgia treatment this means warm colours and aromas and foods, calming music, and soothing body activities such as yoga, meditation and massage.
The aggravation of Vata dosha and accumulation of Ama (toxins) are the primary causes and should be treated mainly. Associated weak digestion, constipation, and effects of chronic stress should also be tackled. AYURVEDA FOR YOU
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FIBROMYALGIA
When treating a Vata disturbance special daily massages are prescribed with specific oils.
Meditation,Yoga, especially stretching and Pranayama (breathing exercises) are all recommended for healing and relaxation of the mind.
Also certain foods are suggested to eat to re-balance the body such as cooked vegetables and soups and foods to avoid such as tea, coffee and alcohol. Herbs are also recommended such as cumin, ginger, tumeric and garlic. Also recommended to eat are:
- Coconut water and Coconut milk
- Carrot, Cucumber, and Beetroot juice
- Cooked vegetables
- Green salad with a dressing of lemon juice and a little salt
See the food guidelines for Vata
You might enjoy my recommended online class of Seated Breath-Focused Yoga for Fibromyalgia Class by my friend Melissa. It is a 6 minute video which I personally do sitting in a chair.
THANKYOU avidads for the photo of the script