By Tara Heath.
Editor’s Note: For people who have fibromyalgia–finding treatment tactics that work often involve experimentation in alternative therapies in addition to traditional treatment. Tara Heath shared the following with us which we thought was worthy of sharing with you.
We all know how challenging of a condition Fibromyalgia can be, especially when our friends and family don’t truly understand the chronic pain and shifting symptoms. It can be tiring to be optimistic when we feel widespread pain and tenderness in our joints and muscles which severely impact our sleep schedules and day-to-day routines. If the pain management isn’t difficult enough, we also tend to experience feelings of depression, isolation, and even confusion as we try to manage our condition.
Treating fibromyalgia is complex and often requires an approach that includes nutrition, physical, and emotional support. This happens, because so many of our symptoms have been plaguing us long before we were ever diagnosed, which can lead to a set of imbalances within our bodies and minds. For many of us, we often find that we need to try a balanced approach to managing fibromyalgia using a combination of traditional and alternative medicine with exercise to treat the layers of our condition.
Even though there hasn’t been very many formal studies on how effective alternative treatments are when it comes to fibromyalgia, there is some reassuring news. Many doctors and patients believe they can resolve flare-ups and fibromyalgia symptoms by using a varied and diverse approach which includes alternative treatments. When combined with traditional medicine, these types of therapy can help alleviate fatigue, pain, and other symptoms. One area that is showing positive outcomes for relief is the use of flower essences to treat fibromyalgia.
How Flowers Impact Your Health
When we consider the role flowers have on our health, many of us immediately consider allergies and the sneezing and coughing that come with seasonal or pollen allergies. While flowers definitely can cause allergies, we need to step back and look at research that shows flowers can impact our health and wellbeing in some surprising ways. Today, we have numerous studies that show viewing flowers can relieve pain, reduce stress in people, and even influence overall feelings of happiness. While that doesn’t appear too significant, for people with fibromyalgia, it can be a glimmer of hope to add another layer to our treatment options.
In addition to viewing flowers, we can also tap into their natural qualities to relieve our symptoms. For instance, there are a variety of herbal and flower remedies that have been known for centuries to relieve pain, inflammation, and skin irritation. We can’t rule out using this wealth of knowledge, because the use of herbs and plants for medicine were actually the precursor to today’s medicinal advancements. This fact has led many flower essences and herbal remedies to become a popular alternative fibromyalgia treatment which are being used to reduce common symptoms of fibromyalgia, such as chronic pain and fatigue.
Ways to Use Flower Essences to Ease Fibromyalgia
Flower essence theory is based on the belief that we can use positive energy from plants to diminish negative energy in the body. Users rely on flowers to address emotional and mental aspects that are affecting us. Flower essences rely on using the flowering part of a plant to make herbal infusions or decoctions that can be taken on their own or prepared in combinations or mixtures. Often, they are sold in liquid form and require dilution.
Specific healing properties can be found in different flower essences which can be used to create a variety of treatments. Their main use, however, is how flower essences work to reduce stress and psychological factors that contribute to illnesses or conditions. These factors help flower essences treat fibromyalgia, because they might offer relief from the emotional and mental problems that often accompany our diagnoses.
Listed below is just a small sampling of the symptoms of fibromyalgia that can be treated with flower essences:
- chronic pain
Types of Flower Essences to Help Treat Fibromyalgia
There are a variety of flower essences that can be used to treat fibromyalgia. To help you make sense of this treatment option, scroll through a small sampling of possible ways to use flower essences to relieve flares and symptoms:
- Red chestnut can combat anxiety
- Olive helps treat fibromyalgia by minimizing physical and emotional exhaustion
- Centuary is often used to rebuild overall strength
- Cherry plum is known to promote mental health
- Mimulus builds courage while providing positive energy which can be a blessing when dealing with common symptoms of fibromyalgia
- Aspen wards off panic and anxiety attacks
- Rock rose can reduce anxiety while restoring our body’s balance
- Gentian can reduce depression
However, like any new program or supplement, it is recommended that we consult a physician before using any new treatment products. Have you used flower essences to treat fibromyalgia? Did it work for you? What were your thoughts?
Tara Heath is a 37 year old health professional and works as a freelancer writer in the evenings. Her writing focuses mainly on health, such as skincare and how to live a healthy lifestyle overall. She lives in Burbank, Ca. with her husband and two beautiful daughters ages eight and twelve.