A condition that causes pain, stiffness and inflammation in the muscles around the shoulders, neck and hips, it is estimated that each year 1,200 new people develop Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) in the UK alone.
The following are some of the more common symptoms associated with PMR:
- Pain and stiffness in the shoulder muscles that develops quickly over a few days or weeks
- A mild temperature (fever)
- Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
The cause of PMR is unclear, but it is thought that a combination of genetic and environmental factors is responsible.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
If you’ve been diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica, avoiding foods that are associated with inflammatory reactions may help in the first instance.
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
- Try an Enerhealth Botanicals cleanse. Click here to discover more
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
Try an anti-inflammatory diet if you’re suffering from PMR. This involves avoiding processed food, junk food and fast food as much as possible; instead replacing those items with fresh food, according to physician Andrew Weil.
Also, try to reduce your white flour and white sugar intake, and don’t eat products made with high fructose corn syrup.
Dr. Weil also recommends reducing your consumption of animal protein, except for fish, poultry without the skin and low-fat dairy products. Also avoid butter, cream, ice cream, whole milk, whole milk cheese and whole milk yogurt. Additional healthy fats can be obtained with nuts and avocados.
You can also benefit from avoiding certain types of fats and oils, including partially-hydrogenated oils found in some types of margarine and in shortening. Other oils to avoid are coconut oil, palm oil, palm kernel oil and regular safflower, sunflower, corn and cottonseed oils. Choose olive oil instead.
In some cases, food intolerances are linked to some inflammatory conditions, and as dairy and gluten are relatively common food sensitivities, it may be worth eliminating all foods containing gluten from your diet. This means avoiding wheat products, as well as any foods with rye or barley, as well as dairy products.
You may find some relief from your symptoms by avoiding drinking alcohol and coffee, too.
On top of this, it’s important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
If you’re suffering from PMR, your health practitioner may recommend daily doses of calcium and vitamin D supplements, which will help prevent osteoporosis developing.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day nc.vitaminstrength.com for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Krill oil – www.krilldoctor.com
Fish oil – www.shoporganic.com
Cod liver oil – www.drrons.com
Vegetarian – www.sunfood.com
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
Vital Balancing. Find out more by clicking here.
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
According to an article on ezinearticles.com, the Ayurvedic treatment of PMR is aimed at reducing the symptoms and treating the inflammation in the muscles. Medicines like Yograj-Guggulu, Triphala-Guggulu, Kaishor-Guggulu and Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu are used to treat inflammation of the muscles. Medicines like Trayodashang-Guggulu and Vish-Tinduk-Vati can be used to reduce stiffness in the muscles. Maha-Rasnadi-Guggulu, Maha-Vat-Vidhwans-Ras, Vat-Gajankush-Ras, Bruhat-Vat-Chintamani, Sarpagandha (Rauwolfia serpentina) and Khurasani ova (Hyoscyamus niger) are used to control pain. Herbal medicines which can be used in this condition are: Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Tagar (Valeriana wallichii), Nirgundi (Vitex negundo), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata), Vishwa (Zinziber officinalis), Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica), Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Erandmool (Ricinus communis), Deodar (Cedrus deodara), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Shalparni (Desmodium gangeticum) and Prushnaparni (Uraria picta).
Local applications on the affected areas are made using medicines like Vishgarbha oil, Mahanarayan oil, Mahamash oil and Mahasaindhav oil. This is followed by localized steam fomentation using medicines like Nirgundi-Qadha and Dashmool-Qadha. It is also important to boost the immune status of the body, more so since this condition predominantly affects the elderly. Medicines used for this purpose include Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Kapikacchu (Mucuna pruriens), Bala (Sida cordifolia), Naagbala (Grewia hirsuta), Trivang-Bhasma, Agnitundi-Vati, Abhrak-Bhasma, Suvarna-Bhasma and Suvarna-Malini-Vasant.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
In an article on the telegraph.co.uk – the site of the UK’s Telegraph newspaper – John Tsagaris, a doctor of Chinese medicine suggests polymyalgia should be treated with adaptogenic herbs. He says adaptogens modulate our response to stress and help regulate the immune and nervous systems. He also says to avoid inflammatory foods – sugar, dairy, gluten and alcohol. Liquorice root, he says, contains an active ingredient called glycyrrhizin, which prolongs the time that cortisol, one of the adrenal hormones, circulates through the body, reducing inflammation.
Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment of the condition involves several modalities, such as herbs, acupuncture and moxibustion, acupussure and tuina-massage, with Duhuo Jisheng Tang, Mahuang Fuzi Xixin Tang being the commonly used recipe.
A warming acupuncture needle therapy combined with moxibustion can be used, and Acupressure and Tuina-massage can be worked as an assisting method to the above therapies.
Lavender is the most famous essential oil for pain relief, as it’s anti-inflammatory and has cell regenerating properties. It can be applied neat, or undiluted to the skin. It’s also antimicrobial, anti-infectious and antiseptic, as well as being a tonic to the cardiovascular and digestive systems.
Lavender is indicated for muscle spasm, sprain, strain, cramp, contracture and rheumatic pain.
Chamomile is also highly effective as an anti-inflammatory, easing pain.
Clary sage (not to be confused with sage, Salvia officinalis) is considered mildly intoxicating and euphoric, and should be used in small quantities and preferably not before an evening of cocktails, as it augments the effects of alcohol. Apart from this, the ability of Clary sage to relieve spasm, muscle ache and cramping makes it extremely useful in massage. Speak to an aromatherapist for tailored essential oil blends for you, and do talk with your health practitioner before embarking on any new treatment.
Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
If you suffer back pain, try using Arnica. Arnica is available as a topical cream, a lotion, and in pill and droplet forms. It is considered one of the best remedies for first aid back pain relief.
Nux vomica is also a good choice for back pain, especially at night when it may interfere with sleep.
For those with shooting neck pain, belladonna is the choice. Guaiacum is also a great remedy for stiff neck due to cold or draft. And for those with chronic neck pain due to spondylosis, Calc Carb is the best choice. And Newton’s ‘Muscle Ease’ is a simple remedy for those who have muscle tension, due to stress and overexertion.
For those with tearing burning stiffness and shoulder pain, it is best to use Rhus Tox. With shoulder pain radiating to the whole arm with weakness, choose Chelkidonium. Of course, Newton’s ‘Aches and Pains Relief Complex’ can be used for general shoulder and neck pain.
You may want to try any of the following herbs to help alleviate symptoms of your condition:
Devil’s Claw – An herbal remedy which may benefit symptoms of PMR, Devil’s Claw, also calledHarpagophytum procumbens, has been used to help treat a range of health problems. With a bitter taste, the plant’s secondary storage roots are used medicinally. Devil’s Claw is described as an anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and analgesic in herbalist Ed Smith’s book ‘Therapeutic Herb Manual’. Be sure to consult your health practitioner regarding proper proper dosage and potential side effects before taking Devil’s Claw.
Comfrey – Also known as Symphytum officinalis, comfrey is a herb that is believed to help treat PMR. Comfrey is a perennial shrub native to Europe and the temperate parts of Asia, thriving in moist soil and with a nutritious taste. It possesses cooling and moistening tendencies and its root is often uses for medicinal purposes. Naturopathic physician Dr Sharol Tilgner and author of the book ‘Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Earth’ says that comfrey can be used externally to help treat various musculoskeletal problems, including PMR. Meet with your health practitioner to discuss dosage and possible side effects before taking this herb.
Valerian – Also known as Valeriana officinalis, Valerian is an herbal remedy that may effectively treat polymyalgia rheumatica. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, it’s a plant native to Europe and Asia and it now grows throughout North America. A member of the valerianaceae family, the herb has a sweet, spicy and aromatic taste with slightly warming properties. Dr. William A. Mitchell Jr., a naturopathic physician and author of the book “Plant Medicine in Practice,” states that valerian is a nervine, sedative and antispasmodic. He states that valerian may be used topically on sore muscles to help reduce pain and discomfort. Before taking valerian to help treat polymyalgia rheumatica, talk with your health practitioner.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Colloidal Silver NC_Newsletter_09-08.pdf
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Fatigue remedy via Homeveda www.homeveda.com/other-conditions/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-fatigue.html
Try this simple home remedy to alleviate the symptoms of depression brought on by PMR www.homeveda.com/mental-and-neurological/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-depression.html
Home remedy for the treatment of fever associated with PMR www.homeveda.com/infections-and-allergies/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-fever.html
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Essential oils for pain relief www.massagetoday.com/mpacms/mt/article.php?id=13161
Ayurvedic treatment for PMR ezinearticles.com/?Polymyalgia-Rheumatica—Ayurvedic-Herbal-Treatment&id=2106486
Foods to avoid with PMR www.livestrong.com/article/70106-foods-avoid-polymyalgia-rheumatica/
Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics by John McKenna
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative by Zane Baranowski
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
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