Homeopathy is a system of treatment that has been around since the late 1700’s. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in Germany is the father of homeopathy. Homeopaths are doctors who go to medical school for years. They treat illness is a very different way than standard medicine. How homeopathy works is hard for most people to understand. Homeopathic remedies are made from plants such as aconite or dandelion; minerals such as iron phosphate; and from animals. These substances are diluted to certain strengths so that the strength of the remedy fits the severity of the ailment. These remedies are closely regulated by the FDA. Even though homeopathic remedies can be purchased at the health food store, you need the expertise of a homeopathic doctor to correctly implement them.
To use the correct homeopathic medicine, the homeopathic doctor will do an intensive patient history that sometimes involves an hour or more. He assesses the patient on a physical, mental, and spiritual level so that he can prescribe the precise, individual homeopathic medicine or medicines in the proper dosage.
The Homeopathic protocol for each patient is based on several levels: person’s physical symptoms, personality traits, spiritual and mental state. . Emotions like grief, sadness, anger, resentment, fear, panic all have an negative influence on how the body functions which lead to imbalances and to disease. Personality traits that hold in emotions and anger, have more health problems than people who can better express their feelings. Alternative medicine treats the whole body not just symptoms to achieve healing that comes from cell level. All of this is considered in homeopathic medicine.
The following homeopathic medicines may help Fibromyalgia but the assessment on which remedies and their proper dosage needs to be assessed by a homeopathic physician.
Homeopathic Natural Remedies that help in Fibromyalgia:
Kali Carbonicum or Kali Carb: Usually prescribed to aid in sleep problems where you wake up between 3 and 5 am. You feel anxiety upon waking up and during the day. The anxiety manifests itself in stomach upset or chest palpitations. You may crave salt, sweets, and fats and have difficulty expressing your feelings.
Kali Phosphoricum or Kali Phos: You go to sleep easily but wake up between 3am and 5am. You may have mental fog and disorientation when you first wake up, be sensitive to everything one around you, and feel jumpy. You crave cold drinks, especially cold milk. This formulation is often used where there in nervous exhaustion.
Calms Forte: Used best with people who have trouble falling asleep. This formula is mild but very effective. Take one dose right before bed and another 30 min later if you have not fallen asleep. If after 3 doses you cannot sleep, this formulation probably will not work for you.
Lycopodium: For fatigue between 4pm and 8 pm. You may crave sweets, be insecure, have a fear of failure, digestive disturbances, and gas. There is a strong intellectual bent to your personality and a need to prove yourself to others.
Sulfur: This personality type needing this remedy is very responsible, confident in work and business, living a fast paced life style. You crave spicy foods, sweet and fatty foods. At times you may not feel thirst but then need to drink large amounts of a cold water or milk. Your favorite sleep position is with your feet or a leg outside the covers even when its cold. You like the cold side of the pillow and fresh, cool air coming in the window.
Arnica: Helpful for pain when you feel bruised and sore. It is used after an injury or fall to prevent inflammation and bruising. Is also used on Fibromyalgia pain that feels like you have had a fall, you hurt so badly. Usually taken in lower strengths (6x,12x, or 30x).
Phosphoric Acid: Helps with the brain fatigue and mental fogginess that comes with Fibromyalgia attacks. This remedy really helps people who are sensitive and intuitive. This kind of personality takes in everything in their environment around them and often feels washed out and exhausted.
This just gives you an idea of homeopathic remedies that may help you manage your Fibromyalgia. There are books on the subject but these remedies really need the expertise of a homeopathic doctor to receive the benefits for your special needs and personality. It is hard to assess your own personality and feelings correctly especially when you are sick.
New Hope for People With Fibromyalgia, Theresa Foy DiGeronimo, M. Ed., Prima Publishing, 2001, pages 192 through 198