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Benefits to Using Reflexology for Fibromyalgia

Reflexology can have many medicinal values for numerous illnesses and conditions. With its chronic symptoms, overall pain factor, and relentless fatigue, fibromyalgia is one condition that can greatly benefit from reflexology. Here are a few benefits to using reflexology to treat Fibromyalgia.

  • Improved Circulation – Reflexology has a proven history of improving circulation. With improved circulation, the overall pain that many fibromyalgia sufferers may decrease in intensity.
  • Release of toxins from the system – Using reflexology can help the body to eliminate toxins from body tissues. Toxins can sometimes be the cause of chronic inflammation in muscles, joints, and tissues. Using reflexology to detox the system will naturally decrease inflammation.
  • Release of muscle tension – One of the main effects of reflexology is a release of muscle tension. Using pressure points in muscles releases tension and subsequently eliminate pain that muscle tiredness that is often associated with fibromyalgia.
  • Energy flow and balance – Reflexology is often used to stimulate energy and balance throughout the body. One of the biggest complaints of fibromyalgia sufferers is fatigue and overwhelming tiredness. Utilizing reflexology can bring natural energy to the body and help re-establish balance to an otherwise unbalanced body system.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic and debilitating disorder that can have long-term physical and mental repercussions. However, incorporating reflexology into a treatment care plan may help to lower pain, improve circulation, detox, release tension, and increase energy. Together with proper nutrition and fitness planning, fibromyalgia symptoms could be eliminated altogether.



Naturopathic Medicine Week

Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution designating Oct. 7 – Oct. 13 Naturopathic Medicine Week. It recognizes the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective, and affordable health care and encourages Americans to learn about the role of naturopathic physicians in preventing chronic and debilitating conditions.

The web site, produced the infographic below, which does seem ironic, but none the less, it’s a nice infographic.

Naturopathic Medicine Week


Get Fat for Great Skin

Fat gets such a bad rap, and most of the fat-bashing misinformation out there is a direct result of the mass marketing efforts of fad diet companies and of course our friends at Big Pharma. So much time has been spent telling people that “fat makes you fat,” and causes heart disease and other health conditions; which, thankfully is starting to change.

Now research is showing that all fat isn’t the enemy–it’s mostly manufactured fats like trans-and hydrogenated fats (shortening, margarine, etc.) that cause these health issues. Integrative, functional, and other holistically-minded doctors and researchers even place less blame now on saturated fats (butter, whole milk, fat found in red meat), which, of course used to be the devil.

People need fat.

Fat serves many purposes. It provides support to the skeletal system and cushioning/protection to vital internal organs, it helps to lubricate joints and other connective tissue (like the skin), it helps to build strong cellular membranes to prevent water loss and maintain overall cellular health, regulates body temperature, and also (along with carbohydrates–the other devil) provides energy.


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Yoga for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that involves widespread muscle pain that appears to be a result of the tightening and thickening of the myofascia, which is the thin tissue that holds the muscles together. Symptoms of fibromyalgia include fatigue, muscle and joint pain, trouble sleeping, and digestive problems. One way to holistically manage fibromyalgia is with yoga.

Yoga is one of the oldest known health practices in the world. It teaches mind and body unity through physical postures, breathing exercises and meditation to help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, regulate the heart rate and even slow the aging process.

A main symptom of fibromyalgia is chronic muscle pain and tightness. Yoga increases muscle endurance and flexibility through simple poses and focused breathing that gently stretch the muscles and create a condition of ease throughout the body.

While yoga may involve little movement, the mind is connected to every pose, which provides discipline, awareness and a relaxed openness, all of which help regulate functions like the heartbeat and the breath. Physical tensions in the body, such as the pain and tightness of fibromyalgia, then ease into a state of relaxation.

Fibromyalgia also can cause fatigue and trouble sleeping. As yoga’s gentle stretching and focused breathing help soothe the pain of tight muscles and create a sense of calm throughout the body, it becomes easier to sleep more soundly. This solid night’s sleep leads to more energy and less fatigue.

People who have fibromyalgia might experience feelings of anxiousness or depression and decreased energy. Yoga helps create a heightened sense of peace and awareness, which may help reduce stress and tension, both physically and emotionally. Yoga breathing practices help get rid of any choppiness in the breath and promote a smoothly flowing breath. The smooth breath results in the smooth flow of thoughts, which calm the restlessness of the mind and create clarity, improved focus and more energy.

Tension or migraine headaches are another symptom of fibromyalgia. Yoga helps ease headache pain because yoga promotes vascular and muscle relaxation. Simple yoga breathing practices such as slow, deep breathing for as little as five minutes can trigger a relaxation response in the muscles throughout the body.

Janet McKenzie, Naturopathic Doctor of Summit Natural Health Centre adds, “Yoga is a fantastic treatment for those with fibromyalgia because it addresses all the areas fibromyalgia impacts: body, mind and spirit.  Because yoga can easily be adapted to a person’s limitations, it is particularly well-suited for those whose pain or fatigue prevents them from engaging in more strenuous activities, while still allowing progress to more physically demanding routines over time.  If you could only use one natural treatment for your fibromyalgia, this would be the one to choose.”

A regular yoga practice can help people with fibromyalgia gain muscle flexibility, feel less pain and tightness, achieve greater focus, gain energy, sleep more soundly and more. The emotional, physical and psychological benefits of engaging in a regular yoga practice are worth exploring for fibromyalgia relief and beyond.



Reviewed by Janet McKenzie, ND

Written by Jessica Braun
Jessica is a writer and an editor at WholesomeONE. She can be reached at jessica.braun[at]wholesomeone[dot]com.

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Symptoms of Celiac Disease

Symptoms of Celiac Disease (a.k.a. celiac sprue) can vary but often include a variety of gastrointestinal issues such as bloating, gas, indigestion, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting and/or unusual stools.

Avoidance of gluten is the only treatment for celiac sprue. What can be eaten and food to avoid can be found on here.

Celiac sprue can also cause other health problems such as fatigue, malnutrition, anemia, joint pain, muscle cramps, mouth ulcers, osteoporosis, depression, irritability and/or unexplained weight loss.

The following infographic with symptoms of celiac disease was produced by the GlutenDude website and found here.

Symptoms of Celiac Disease



The Importance of Vitamin D

I attribute much of our epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency to our sedentary lifestyles lived largely indoors. Dietary sources of Vitamin D such as fatty fish are also consumed infrequently by most Americans and their acidic diets high in sugar, grains, dairy, and grain-fed animal fats. Darker skinned individuals are at greater risk for deficiency as more sunlight is needed to produce healthy levels of Vitamin D.

Much of the negative effects of our diet is that we do not balance it with liberal quantities of vegetables, especially of the green leafy variety which are also dietary sources of calcium!

Even more interesting is that Vitamin D supports much more than bone health and calcium metabolism. Vitamin D actually modulates on the genetic level (influences over 200 genes) and there are vitamin D receptors on every tissue in the human body!


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