Sharing tips for herbal medication to treat Fibromyalgia.

Having a chronic illness often means you spend your life searching for a wonder cure to ease the symptoms of chronic pain. We absorb snippets of advice from many sources online via, blogs, social media and forums regarding what medication and products other people use.

When people are ill, in pain they are very vulnerable and if a GP has prescribed them a new medication and they suddenly read how ineffective this was for one person it instantly creates a negative feeling for that person.

What may be a miracle drug for one person may be the worst experience ever for someone else.

I often have to remove myself from forums, group pages about pain and fibromyalgia based upon this. Often you always get the same batch of people that have tried every medicine and have a negative opinion on them all, their GP and the whole medical department in general.

All too often I have read the wrong advice given to people. They are given a name of a natural product and told to go online to Amazon or Ebay to purchase it. It really does make my blood boil as people are literally taking their life into their own hands. I am all for being a patient advocate but how can you even consider putting medicine (herbal or not) into your body without knowing the strength and correct dosage? Without knowing how it has been produced, manufactured or stored? Has it met with EU regulations?

One thing I could not ignore recently was a comment that was said on a Fibromyalgia advice page

“I manage all my Fibromyalgia with kratom it has given me my life back”

A lot of people in the UK are unaware what Kratom is may read this and search for this wonder drug. The first thing most people do is consult doctor google. They will discover how easy it is to purchase and that it appears to be a natural herbal thing so “must be” safe.

Mitragyna Speciosa, also Known as Kratom is tree native to Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Thailand, the Malaysian Floristic Region and several surrounding regions. The leaf of this tree is typically ground up and ingested orally and used for several medicinal purposes. These include, but are not limited to Pain Relief, Decreased Anxiety, Mood Enhancement, Decreased Hypertension, Decreased Fatigue, Increased Focus, Relief of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Increased Energy and many others.

This leaf has been used for centuries by the indigenous people to these regions for increased energy in low doses, sedation in higher doses, dysentery and pain relief. The leaf was chewed, crushed into a powder and ingested, made into a paste extract or boiled for tea and consumed.

Kratom affects the brain's opioid receptors similarly to an opiate, although not classified as an opiate, which is responsible for the successful treatment of chronic pain sufferers.

The easy availability of online herbal medication is worrying, people online are not face to face herbalists. Many people are unaware of their bodies, the medication, drug interactions, dosage etc.

I am not going to point a finger and tut as many people use herbs such as this for medicinal use with great success.

Sadly a man called David Daniels died in 2014 following large amounts of Kratom. It is thought to be the first time in the UK that the substance has been named as the sole contributor to someone’s death. Many in camp Kratom claim one death is hardly substantial evidence to claim a herb used for thousands of years is not safe.

CBD oil is the substance many people are talking about within the Fibromyalgia community. So many people rush to buy this amazing product. But, If you buy the bottle from an online shop how do you know it is actually what it says it is?

As I said I am not here to judge. As a qualified complementary and alternative therapist my only advice on the subject of herbal medication would be:

1. Don’t take as fact what people claim to be a wonder drug. We are all individuals and one prescription never suits all. Plus everyone's severity of fibro at any given time is very different and complex in what symptoms they experience.

2. Know your body. Know your medication. Know your herbs.

3. Always be cautious of herbal drugs you are unsure of, seek advice from a qualified herbalist. Buy only from reputable companies.

4. People who comment on facebook, forums or blogs are NOT experts.

5. Herbal medication can interact with conventional medication always seek advice first.

6. Don’t always assume that because things are herbs, plants, part of nature that they are safe and legal.

Never allow complacency because a plant has been used for thousands of years in another country.
The opium poppy was cultivated in lower Mesopotamia as long ago as 3400 BC. When you consider the damage that the beautiful poppy has done with Heroin abuse then nature speaks for herself.

Nature produces many cures and many poisons.

 Love and gentle hugs to you all


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