Ginger has been used for years to relieve arthritis pain: Again, 2 to 4 grams daily. Ginger oil (available in health food stores) and fresh ginger may also be rubbed into a painful joint. A warm poultice can be made with fresh or powdered ginger. Mix enough ginger (several tablespoons) with very hot water to make a paste, spread on a gauze and allow it to soak in. Apply, ginger side to skin, to painful areas for a few minutes.
10 Ways to Manage Frustration, Fatigue and Pain March 01, 2009 9:56 AM
BREATHE. When Fibromyalgia frustration and anxiety are running high, use this simple breathing technique to calm your jitters: Slowly inhale into your belly, hold a few seconds, slowly exhale. Repeat 10 times or until you feel more relaxed. KEEP IT SIMPLE. When you keep your lifestyle simple you'll experience less stress and fewer flare ups. Let go of non-essential activities and things you don't need that could be draining your energy. TAKE CARE. Take care of YOU! Take good of yourself before serving others. Focus on your own self care by providing yourself with nurturing and restorative activities on a daily basis. You will be no help to others when exhausted and cranky! SLOW DOWN. Take a break from the fast lane, the multitasking and your frenetic life! You will enjoy less frustration and greater calm when you slow the pace. BE STILL. Take 10 minutes and sit still with no distractions. Observe your breathing. Observe your thoughts but let them pass. You'll feel less stress and pain and enjoy a sense of calm and rejuvenation if you do this several times a day. RELEASE RESISTANCE. Notice what you may be resisting. Let go of resistance and worry by allowing the universe to handle the details. This can result in less frustration, fear and pain for you! ENJOY THE JOURNEY. Much of our pain comes from worrying about the future and regretting the past. Enjoy the present moment by hitting your pause button and living for right now. FOLLOW YOUR HEART. When you express your deepest passions you will experience joy that can help ease pain, calm anxiety and contribute to greater balance and peace in your daily life. PRACTICE GRATITUDE. When you are grateful for the good things in your life it helps you see the blessings you enjoy despite your symptoms and frustrations. Accept what you can't resolve at this moment and focus on the positive aspects of your life. LOVE THYSELF. Can you accept yourself for who you are? This can be life's greatest challenge! Can you see how your illness has changed or transformed you in some way? You possess unique gifts. Explore how you can love your gifts and find the positive qualities you have to offe
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The white willow was introduced into the United States form Europe and can be found next to rivers and streams throughout the country. The bark is the part of the willow used, and is easily removed in the spring when the sap begins to flow.
Willows have been used for centuries for pain relief and reduction of fever. The leaves can be chewed, and contain salicylic acid. This compound has been synthesized into acetylsalicylic acid, otherwise known as aspirin.
Natural salicylic acid is nearly as potent as aspirin, however, the compound salicin from willow does not cause gastric or intestinal upset or bleeding as aspirin can, This is because willow does not block prostaglandins in the stomach or intestines.
Very helpful info. Thank you for posting. Instead of gel packs, try rice buddies. They keep the heat a lot longer and don't concentrate it all on one spot like the gel packs. My granddaughter made me a bunch of them and I heat them all in the microwave and just about swim in them. You can make them yourself real easy. Just get some soft material (we used brushed cotton), cut 2 squares or any other shape you want, sew 3 sides together, fill about 2/3 of the way with rice and I also throw in a cinnamon stick for a nice smell, then sew the other end together and you have a rice buddy. I got big ones for my back and small ones for my hands and long ones for my legs, etc. They work great for fibro. Microwave anywhere from 2 - 5 minutes depending on the size and how hot you want them. Can be used over and over.
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Valerian is used against sleeping disorders, restlessness and anxiety, and as a muscle relaxant. Valerian seems only to work when taken over longer periods (several weeks), though many users find that it takes effect immediately. Some studies have demonstrated that valerian extracts interact with the GABA and benzodiazepine receptors. Valerian is also used traditionally to treat gastrointestinal pain and spastic colitis. Long term safety studies are missing. As valepotriates may be potential mutagens, valerian should only be used after consultation with a physician.
Valerian medication is sometimes recommended as a first line when benefit-risk analysis dictates. Valerian is often indicated as transition medication during discontinuation processes involving bromazepan, clonazepam and diazepam, among others.
Valerian has uses in herbal medicine as a sedative. The main current use of valerian is as a remedy for insomnia, with a recent meta-analysis providing some evidence of effectiveness. It has been recommended for epilepsy but that is not supported by research (although its analogue valproic acid is used as an anticonvulsant and mood-stabilizing drug). Valerian root generally does not lose effectiveness over time.
While shown to be an effective remedy for the reduction of anxiety, it has also been reported to cause headaches and night terrors in some individuals. This may be due to the fact that some people lack a digestive conversion property necessary to effectively break down Valerian. In these individuals, Valerian can cause agitation. One study found that valerian tends to sedate the agitated person and stimulate the fatigued person, bringing about a balancing effect on the system.[9
2. GET PLENTY OF SUNLIGHT (or daylight) -- If you work indoors, go outside for breaks. If you are at home during the day, open the curtains and turn on the lights. It's worth a few cents of electricity to create a cheerful environment and feel less depressed and achy. If you live in a cold, dark climate, you may want to visit a tanning salon occasionally for the concentrated light and warmth, but don't overdo it-- you don't want to get skin cancer. Full spectrum lighting can also be helpful if you are prone to S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder)--biochemical depression caused by insufficient light on dark, gloomy days.
Diane I havent done your first remedy in over 4 years (good thing I have a understanding fiancee) too much pain for that and no pleasure. but your second rememdy I use every day, I rescued 10 ferrets , a dog and a cat (many before I hurt my back) and they do help they give me unconditioonal love and the ferrets love to make me laugh, even in severe pain they can bring a smile to my face. I also know that animals help people with bi polar, they can have a calming effect during manic eppisodes, they also help with depression, and of cource they give us so much love and devotion that you cant help but love them
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Natural remedies--no plants required October 21, 2007 9:02 PM
No one has mentioned it, but I think one of the best ways to relieve pain is sexual release. I know that some times, the pain is just too great for any strenuous activity, but regular sexual relations, especially with a loving long term partner, eases stress and releases natural narcotic chemicals like dopamine into your system.
And my second favorite natural relief is my dog and cat. Caressing an animal also lowers stress and releases brain chemicals into your system. They call them pets for a reason--you should pet them!
Skullcap is a Native N. American perennial herb, found from New York to West Virginia and southward to South Carolina, Alabama and Missouri. Growing in rich woods, thickets, bluffs and along roadsides. Cultivation: Skullcap is easy in a sunny position and any ordinary garden soil. Sow seed in early spring after danger of frost is past. The root is a creeping short rhizome, which sends up hairy, square stems, 6 to 18 inches high, branched, or, in small specimens, nearly simple, with opposite downy leaves, heart-shaped at the base, 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches long, scalloped or toothed edges. The blue to lavender flowers are in racemes and grow from the leaf axils of the upper plant. They are hooded, tube shaped, and two lipped the upper lip being the hood and the lower lip having two shallow lobes. Flowers bloom from May to August, gather above ground parts, in the summer as flowers bloom, dry and store for later herb use.
Properties Skullcap is a powerful medicinal herb, it is used in alternative medicine as an anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, slightly astringent, emmenagogue, febrifuge, nervine, sedative and strongly tonic. Some valuable constituents found in the plant are Scutellarin, Catalpol, other Volatile oils, bitter iridoids and Tannins. Scientific studies are proving this to be a valuable plant in many areas for mental disorders. Skullcap is used in the treatment of a wide range of nervous conditions including epilepsy, insomnia, hysteria, anxiety, delerium tremens, withdrawal from barbiturates and tranquilisers. A medicinal infusion of the plant is used to promote menstruation, it should not be given to pregnant women since it can induce a miscarriage, the infusion is also used in the treatment of throat infections. The infusion is given for nervous headaches, neuralgia and in headache arising from incessant coughing, pain, and inducing sleep when necessary, without any unpleasant symptoms following. Skullcap is currently being used as an alternative medicine to treat ADD and a number of nerve disorders. Should be used with some caution since in overdose it causes giddiness, stupor, confusion and twitching.
rub St. John's wort oil, scented with essential oil of lavender, liberally onto any part of me, or anyone else, that hurts. This simple remedy is especially helpful for the relief of any kind of muscular or neurological pain.
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Natural Remedies October 17, 2007 4:05 AM
Please place any 'natural' remedies which may be beneficial to chronic pain sufferers here...