Best Natural Treatments for Fibromyalgia

By Kim Crawford, M.D. Last updated: September 6, 2018
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Want to reduce the pain you have with Fibromyalgia?

natural treatments for fibromyalgiaThen what you REALLY need are the best natural treatments for fibromyalgia -not drugs like Lyrica! First of all, as much as Big Pharma wants you to remain unaware of this, the answer lies in natural treatments for fibromyalgia, not drugs. I’ll share all.

Meanwhile, I have treated tons of patients with “fibro” over the years and think it is just nuts when I hear OTHER DOCTORS, despite the evidence, say “fibro” is “in someone’s head.”

Good grief!

Yes, if you have FMS, you are thinking, “What, are you crazy? Of course, I want to reduce the pain!”

More so, you likely would PREFER natural treatments for fibromyalgia over drugs. That is, I am hoping.

If you are taking pharmaceuticals, you probably know they can cause side effects and can help a little with the pain. However, they don’t give you back your life. Am I right?

Fatigue is such a large component of this problem. To emphasize, I have better answers for you than the Pharmaceutical companies do so just read on.

What is Fibromyalgia and why does it cause pain?

no skin appeal here!Per the American College of Rheumatology guidelines:

Patients must have aching pain throughout the body for at least three months.

Also, they must have at least 11 parts of the body (out of a total possible of 18) that are unusually sensitive when mild-to-firm pressure is applied.

The tender-point sites include: fibrous tissue or muscles of the arms (elbows), buttocks, chest, knees, lower back, neck, rib cage, shoulders, and thighs.

You can view these tender points also known as trigger points on the diagram above.

It is important to realize blood tests will not confirm/rule out this disorder which can be absolutely debilitating for those who suffer with it. Patients routinely report they have pain which is caused by physical stress and that increases cortisol. Uniquely, when cortisol is high, it eventually impacts the immune system, a person’s sleep quality, and energy levels. Therefore, my natural treatments for fibromyalgia take all of this into consideration. I’ll discuss the remedies in a bit.

Causes of Fibromyalgia:

The causes of fibromyalgia are not definitively known. Fibromyalgia is likely the result of central nervous system pain center malfunctioning. To point out, the process that occurs is there is a big increase in pain transmission and self-detection. Patients with fibromyalgia may have a lower pain threshold (the point at which pain begins to be felt) because of increased sensitivity in the brain to pain signals.

Possibles causes include abnormally high levels of certain chemicals in the brain that signal pain and/ or an increased sensitivity of the brain to pain signals. Several factors, including sleep disturbances, infection, stress, injury, family history of fibromyalgia, abnormalities in the nervous system, and changes in muscle metabolism, may lead to the development of fibromyalgia.

Symptoms :

Patients with fibromyalgia often describe their symptoms as a flu-like infection that just doesn’t clear up. It is describable as something that plagues people with exhaustion. For this reason, many come in with complaints of pain and state verbatim  “I have no energy.” Similarly, many just plain can’t think clearly and complain of short term memory loss. Sleep disturbances are common, and many wake up feeling fatigue. As a result, they are unable to begin their day.

With fibromyalgia, one has trouble sleeping and wakes up stiff and achy. Other symptoms include irritable bowel, TMJ (more in men), migraines and itchy, burning skin. It’s misery. I have seen it firsthand. As a doctor, I have treated quite a number of patients with- you guessed it- natural fibromyalgia treatments. There is no cure, but the majority of those who have come to me completely have the situation “under control”. Please keep reading to discover how.

Best natural treatments for fibromyalgia :


Eating an anti-inflammatory diet and avoiding caffeine will help. Toxic ingredients in non-whole food diets inflame all painful conditions. Hence, take the diet thing seriously. This is the first step to natural treatments for fibromyalgia. This may not make sense, but it all adds up. I promise!

bcaa for weight loss needed hereExercise/physical therapy:

Studies show aerobic exercise can calm fibromyalgia symptoms.

So, get medical clearance and get moving!

Specific exercises may help restore muscle balance and reduce pain. In fact, strength training and increasing lean body mass help with pain if not overdone. Similarly, using bcaa bodybuilding power or acetyl-l-carnitine muscle building supplements will certainly help the cause.

Stretching warm muscles is a very helpful pain reliever. After recent studies, researchers suggest “warm yoga” routines work well too. Perhaps, you can get a personal trainer to give you a good routine or even ask your doctor to Rx Physical therapy for a few visits. Also, “cold laser” done in P.T. might be helpful.

Trigger point therapy:

There have been several studies that address the therapeutic potential of trigger point therapy. It is the practice of compressing small areas or trigger points in a muscle from which pain is believed to radiate. This is done by a massage therapist trained in this specific technique. Make sure to discuss this before getting such a massage.

The results of higher-quality studies show slight, albeit not significant, improvement of myofascial pain. However, when trigger point therapy is combined with other massage techniques plus aromatherapy the results “go way up.” In my opinion, in the right hands with the right “balm” and aromatherapy, this is one of the best natural treatments for fibromyalgia. Not to mention, it feels great too!


Applying a hot pack to affected trigger areas may help reduce pain, increase blood flow and relax muscles. It may also be an effective treatment before exercise. Another alternative is to simply have a hot shower before exercise to help reduce pain. Hot tubs work magic from what I’ve observed too. Especially, if herbal moorbath (more in a bit) is added.


There is proof from several studies that acupuncture may help with pain relief. Energy meridians are useful in helping patients gain more energy and in reducing pain. Another key point, acupuncture releases endorphins which are natural painkillers. Overall, this makes acupuncture one of the best natural treatments for fibromyalgia.

Stress reduction:

Since physical or emotional trauma may trigger fibromyalgia, reducing stress may also help reduce pain. Some approaches may include using relaxing activities. Correspondingly, useful products are found here in the store, by reading the information about stress relief I just mentioned and finding suitable techniques or products. PharmaGABA is a favorite and is combinable with inositol if needed. Try this and other natural stress relief supplements and methods for anxiety to get toxic cortisol levels down.

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A whole lot of sleep issues occur with FMS patients. Sleep “disorders” are more common and need medical treatment.

Many patients wake up with extreme fatigue and say “I have zero energy” due to just not sleeping. As a result, this sleep issue worsens the pain, energy loss, memory issues and more for all patients.

So, getting your sleep is crucial, yet sleeping pills are not the way to go.

Please go to the blog which discusses the best natural sleep aid which is right for you. Also get a free instant PDF copy of my best selling digital sleep book in the footer of the website. And, I’m on chat often if you have a quick question. Getting sleeping habits in order may simply be a matter of cortisol lowering. In this case, just ask me! Any way you look at it, fixing sleep is certainly on the list of mandatory natural treatments for fibromyalgia.

Your GI tract:

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) management: Symptoms of IBS are found in roughly 40-70% of fibromyalgia patients. Balancing the microbiome is truly essential.

Scientific evidence regarding two neurotransmitter precursors:


5-HTP is the precursor of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Good evidence suggests that 5-HTP may reduce the number of tender points, anxiety, and intensity of pain. Even more, it may improve sleep, fatigue, and morning stiffness.

I have no doubt that this is helpful. Thus, I’ll make it easy. Here’s the link to the product called 5-HTP. You will have no issues unless you are on anti-depressants or are manic depressive. Take 200 mg 3-4x per day and the PM dose will help you sleep.  Add dosages until or unless it causes lower GI cramping or loose stools. If you cannot take this, then Inositol will do you just fine! It isn’t as extensively studied, but it definitely raises serotonin levels so there is no reason why it should not work.


S-adenosyl-methionine (SAMe):

Since fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic pain and depressive symptoms, there is an increased interest in studying SAMe for this indication.

In reality, additional study is needed to confirm findings that SAMe reduces depression and number of tender trigger points.

This next product decreases pain instantly-great stuff!

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This is a FYI, not a “sales pitch.” In the “fibromyalgia” section you will find Moorspa herbal bath.  I have had patients use this with amazing, just amazing results.

Even I use it when I work out too hard because it is great for sore muscles.

In fact, this is paid for by INSURANCE in several European countries who recognize the therapeutic benefits.

In order to achieve best results have a skilled massage therapist do a massage with lotion+moorspa aromatherapy or a moorspa massage balm. This should then be followed by a gentle stretching session. And then a moorbath. This is a great detoxifying bath due to it’s high humic acid contents. That might just be how it works.

There are other products that work amazingly well for fibromyalgia too. The best magnesium supplement, magnesium threonate is helpful. The muscle spasm and pain of FMS is thought to be related to magnesium deficiency.

Aromatherapy is helpful too. And we are discovering that more and more cases of fibromyalgia are caused by mold toxins-that’s right- so mold detoxification is often a major part of the treatment of fibromyalgia.

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