Natural Treatments for Fibromyalgia

Discover natural treatments for fibromyalgia through herbal remedies, eating certain types of food, lifestyle adjustments, and more.

| January 2019

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Fibromyalgia usually affects women and is characterized by chronic pain and fatigue. The cause is uncertain, but it may be linked to an excess of certain brain chemicals or a fault with the transmission of pain signals. Symptoms include muscle stiffness, sleep disturbances, gastrointestinal discomfort, anxiety, and depression.


Tonic herbs are the main natural remedy for fibromyalgia, with the focus on herbs to improve circulation to the head and central nervous system. Herbs also help relax muscles, calm the mind, and relieve pain. Star with low doses and build up gradually.

Gotu kola is a relaxing tonic for the brain and nerves. It enhances cognitive function and rebuilds connective tissues. See box, opposite. Avoid in pregnancy and with epilepsy. May cause skin sensitivity. Take 1-1/2 – 2-1/2 milliliters of 1:2 extract in a little water 3 times daily.

Wild oats are restorative and a tonic for the nerves, making them useful for treating a state of debility. Take 1 – 2-1/2 milliliters of the green milky seed extract in a little water 3 times daily.

Licorice interacts with the body’s adrenal function, balancing hormones and restoring vitality, to help treat fibromyalgia. Avoid with hypertension and during pregnancy, and large doses over long periods. Make a decoction with 1/2-1 teaspoon dried liquorice root per 9 fluid ounces (250 milliliters) boiling water, and drink 4-1/2 -9 fluid ounces (130-250 milliliters) 3 times daily. 

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