Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness that chiefly affects the muscles and skeleton. Its main symptom is widespread pain. Other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia include insomnia, fatigue, memory problems and irritability, and that’s why fibromyalgia is very hard to be diagnosed because the symptoms of this syndrome coincide with the ones of many other diseases. It can also be associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), headaches, anxiety, depression and TMJ syndrome. Patients commonly claim that they experience morning stiffness that lasts more than an hour, as well as swelling of the joints and the soft tissues on the palms and on the feet, even though there’s no actual swelling. They also have no quality sleep, so they wake up in the morning feeling even more tired than they were before they went to sleep. As a result of the constant pains, tiredness, and exhaustion, their work efficiency is reduced and they feel depressed and sick.
Is there a cure?
Currently, there is no cure. There are, however, a number of treatments to relieve the symptoms. These can include oral medications. Physical therapy can help in some cases, as can cultivating healthy habits like regular exercise and a good diet.
The story of Barbara Sinclair
Barbara Sinclair developed fibromyalgia in 2002 at the age of 48. She developed it at suffering a fever, and suffered with extremely limited movement for seven years. Even light breezes caused her excruciating pain. She tried a number of conventional Western treatments, including prescription medications, but they proved to be of little help. Doctors prescribed medications for insomnia, anxiety and depression, despite not finding anything wrong with her.
She had somewhat more luck with physical therapy, chiropractic, massages and acupuncture. Her acupuncturist recommended that she take St. John’s Wort rather than Ambien to help her sleep. The new treatment proved successful. While it took two weeks to take effect, Sinclair was soon getting more and better sleep, and her pain and depression had decreased. When a friend at work suggested she try Ayurveda, she did so.
What Is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a system of medicine designed to remove the imbalance of the physical body, while providing the mental clarity needed to change unproductive mindsets. In Ayurvedic medicine, optimal health and even one’s spiritual growth starts with prevention. Prevention is based on a balanced lifestyle that is in harmony with the cycles of nature. Ayurveda recognizes that all living creatures, whether human, plant, or animal, must live in harmony with nature in order to survive. Like the owner’s manual of your car prescribes maintenance schedules for the long-term health of your car, Ayurveda speaks of daily and seasonal routines that ensure maximal health, mental clarity, and longevity. In Ayurvedic medicine, one’s individual nature is mirrored in their body type, or dosha. The doshas reflect three main governing principles of nature, called vata (air), pitta (fire) and kapha (earth-water). Each person is a unique combination of these three principles or doshas, with different proportions of each existing within us. These three basic Ayurvedic principles combine to make ten unique mind-body types.
Based on our Ayurvedic body type, what we eat, how we exercise, when we sleep, and even where we prefer to live, will have its own unique blueprint.
Once you know your body type, Ayurveda provides protocols to align your internal nature with the larger cycles of nature, such as the daily rhythms and seasonal cycles.
In Ayurveda, seasonal and daily routines include proper diet and a balanced lifestyle according to your type. Ayurveda then makes very specific recommendations for resetting digestion, restoring balance and function, and proper detoxification.
– Vata is the winter principle. Generally, vata types tend to be thin, hypermetabolic, and they think and move quickly. Vata types typically have dry skin and cold hands and feet. They do not like cold weather because they already have many of these winter or vata qualities inherent in their nature.
– Pitta is the summer principle. Much like summer, Pitta types are hot, fiery and competitive, with a medium frame. Pitta types prefer cool weather. When out of balance, they may get heartburn, skin rashes, inflammatory diseases, or just burn out.
– Kapha is the spring principle. Kapha types are easygoing and have a slow metabolism. Kapha types will hold on to more weight and water and tend to develop allergies and congestion. Kapha types have more spring-like qualities in the same way that vata and pitta types carry more winter and summer qualities.
Once you know your body type (vata, pitta or kapha), it’s like having a roadmap that points you in the right direction of becoming your best self, so that you can fulfill your potential and experience more joy.