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Nature’s Remedy for Fibromyalgia

From the desk of Robert Levert

Roughly three to four percent of women have muscle pain and tenderness over much of their bodies, a condition called fibromyalgia (FM). For reasons still unknown, this condition is more common in females than in males. Only about one-half of one percent of men experiences this syndrome.

To think there was a time when doctors thought that FM was a problem in their patients’ head is challenging to the mind. Fortunately, times have changed and FM is now recognized as a disease by the WHO since 1992. new diagnostic standards call for doctors to ask about chronic pain and check for tenderness at eighteen different points on the body. Some experts believe that the cause of the problem might not be in the painful muscles themselves, but in a nervous system that reacts to normal sensations in unusual ways. Others speculate that FM develops in response to a physical stress – an injury, an infection, or exposure to certain chemicals in the environment. Finally, more and more experts believe that this condition is closely linked to an emotional shock.

According to Dr. Terry Willard, one of North America’s leading clinical herbalists, FM people often internalize a large amount of emotional and mental data, creating circular arguments in their minds. The circular argument mental pattern seems to tighten up muscle tissue, creating a stagnation of both fluid and what the Chinese call qi. The best supplement found for relaxing the internalization of circular arguments is reishi mushroom. Fortunately, reishi mushroom is one of the key tonic herbs in NSP’s Chinese Mineral-Chi Tonic. I have learned lately that Brigitte Verreault, an NSP Manager from the south shore of Montreal, has had very positive results using Chinese Mineral-Chi Tonic with FM people, complemented with Garden Essence, Stress Formula, AD-C, and a liver program. Chinese Mineral-Chi Tonic supports the adrenal glands and, in turn, the adrenal glands produce natural cortisone which acts as a natural anti-inflammatory. It also supports the adrenal glands in helping to alleviate physical and emotional stress. According to Chinese medical doctrine, FM occurs because a person’s life energy, or qi, is too weak. To treat FM, Chinese medical practitioners prescribe herbs to strengthen the qi. Chinese Mineral-Chi Tonic contains those herbs which promote circulation of the qi throughout the body.

One should also give serious consideration to an elimination diet. Some FM sufferers are particularly sensitive to sulfites (preservatives used in salad bars, shellfish, wines, and many other products), dairy products, cranberries, melons, corn, and certain drugs. Eliminating any product that they may be sensitive to for a period of 8 weeks could help alleviate their FM symptoms.

Exercise activates the body’s endorphins, natural chemicals that are part of our internal pain-control system. Exercise also improves sleep, which, in turn, reduces pain sensitivity, according to Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D., president of the Physician’s committee for Responsible Medicine. Many FM symptoms could be explained by a lack of serotonin, a brain chemical that suppresses pain. Serotonin is also essential for regulating moods and plays a role in sleep, which is also often disturbed in FM. Serotonin is made from tryptophan, which is one of the amino acid building blocks of protein. When researchers test the blood of people with FM, they often find low levels of tryptophan. According to Dr. Barnard, foods that are high in carbohydrates, such as breads, pasta, potatoes, or fruits, can increase the amount of serotonin to the brains. Serotonin has trouble getting from the bloodstream into the brain because it has to compete with many other amino acids also trying to enter the brain. High-carbohydrate meals cause the body to release insulin, which, among other things, drives competing amino acids from the blood into the cells of the body. With these competitors gone, tryptophan can easily get into the brain, where it is quickly converted into serotonin.

I’m not an expert on health issues, but those who have experienced health challenges and have recovered from them are the most knowledgeable persons to guide us in the way of health. Now that scientists have spoken, here’s in a nutshell the regimen Helen Janzen from Saskatoon has followed to recover from FM and help several people do likewise.

I’m truly grateful to those two Managers who have so generously shared their experiences with me so I could share them with you.

Lastly, I know you are all immensely grateful to NSP for its continuous support and its ongoing efforts to provide you with products of the highest quality. Now it’s up to you to incorporate them in your own life and help others with their personal health challenges.

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