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What benefits are fish oil pills when a person has fibromyalzia

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What benefits are fish oil pills when a person has fibromyalzia . Also how much should a person take daily. Also have you heard or done studies on Kava , it comes in a liquid, pill or powder form. I understand it is made from a root and is very popular in Hawaii for pain. Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX XXX@XXXXXX.XXX
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Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 2 years ago.

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Dr. Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., a naturopathic doctor and author of "The Clinician's Handbook of Natural medicine has shown that Siberian ginseng and licorice root are helpful in fibromyalgia.

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Boswella is good for joint pain and stiffness and wintergreen oil, applied to the skin, can soothe muscle aches and pains.

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While fish oil has not been specifically indicated in fibromyalgia as a dietary supplement it is good for your heart and skin and can help to reduce swelling and inflammation in some cases.

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There is no specific dosage for fish oil but 1 to 2 capsules (or tbsp) should be good. Dosages up to 3 grams a day have been found to be safe.

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Kava is very helpful in promoting mental relaxation, decreasing anxiety and insomnia and, as such, has been found to be useful in fibromyalgia I would recommend kava as an adjunct to your other natural treatments.

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What other vitamins should a person take after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia

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Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 2 years ago.
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A regular multivitamin is a good idea. I like Centrum Silver.

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Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 2 years ago.

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There is indeed evidence that fish oil helps in fibromyalgia, and it is preliminary.

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20090445

 

There are no specific citations really showing siberian ginseng to be helpful or licorice root as far as studies. The amounts of licorice root to have anti-inflamatory effect also create the danger of hyper adrenalism.

 

Inflammtory cytokines that are elevated in FM patients [http://ebm.rsmjournals.com/content/234/2/232.short} are supressed by fish oil, ginger and turmeric.

 

Kava can not safely be recommended, it has liver toxic alkaloids in it and several health individuals have had liver failure from it. Only under professional supervision with this one.

While the final word is out, there are known toxins demonstrated.

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22441424

http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/tc/kava-topic-overview

 

This type of treatment is really not just self help. And there are now doctors trained in the evidence based application of such therapies.

You can find them in various locations.

Here for example.

www.functionalmedicine.org

www.holisticmedicine.com

 

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