A persistent inflammatory muscle disease that causes weakness of the skeletal muscles, which control movement, polymyositis (pronounced pol-e-mi-si-tis) is classified as a chronic inflammatory myopathy. It is one of only three such diseases and can occur at any age, but mostly affects adults in their 30s, 40s or 50s. Signs and symptoms of the illness usually develop gradually, over weeks or months, and remissions (periods during which symptoms disappear spontaneously) are rare in polymyositis.
A disease which affects the whole body, muscle weakness and tenderness can be signs of polymyositis and a rash is a sign of a similar condition, dermatomyositis.
Common symptoms of polymyositis include the following:
- Muscle/joint pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Muscle weakness in the shoulders and hips, which can make it difficult to raise arms over the head, or climb stairs
- Shortness of breath and problems with the voice (as a result of weak throat muscles)
- Loss of appetite/weight loss
- Morning stiffness
While the exact cause of polymyositis is unknown, the disease shares many characteristics with autoimmune disorders, in which your immune system attacks normal body components. Normally, your immune system works to protect your healthy cells from attacks by foreign substances, such as bacteria and viruses. However, if you suffer from polymyositis, an unknown cause may act as a trigger for your immune system to begin producing autoimmune antibodies (autoantibodies) that attack your body’s own tissues. Many people with polymyositis show a detectable level of autoantibodies in their blood, which is believed to be a resulting factor of the illness.
Minimize physical activity if climbing the stairs and raising hands and arms is becoming too painful; speak to your health practitioner for more tailored advice.
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.
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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- 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.
An anti-inflammatory diet is believed to be beneficial, say some health practitioners, and according to Phyllis A.Blanch, a certified nutritional consultant and author of ‘Prescription for Nutritional Healing’, an anti-inflammatory diet includes eliminating certain foods from your diet, such as soft drinks, white flour products, sugar, junk foods, and foods rich in omega-6 fatty acids.
Instead, patients should enjoy a diet which includes blueberries, spinach, strawberries, herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines, papaya and pineapple, it is thought.
Spinach is also believed to be a useful food in treating the illness as it’s a great source of flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory properties.
It is 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 polymyositis, your health practitioner may recommend bone protecting supplements like vitamin D and calcium.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day 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:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
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.
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- 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 the website www.evaidyaji.com, “Muscles make our body intact and maintain the body-movements and structure both. Ayurveda has detailed the muscular system as Mamsa Dhatu. Dhatu means – which nourishes and holds the body and Mamsa stands for the muscles/flash. All the muscles work in close association with bones and nervous system- because all the muscles are attached and held by the bones and nerves maintain the tone of the muscles as well as control the movements of the muscles. This trio is told as- Mamsa-Asthi-Majja as per Ayurveda. Mamsa is muscles, Asthi- the bones and cartilages and Majja represents the nervous system.
Diseases occurring in these two- Mamsa and Asthi along with joints are told to be hard to cure for all physicians and Ayurveda says that a patient who is undergoing the treatment of these parts should be patience enough to wait the results. This is an important factor when we discuss about the treatment parts according to Ayurveda. Everybody, even a patient of simple fever, will wish to know about the prognosis and time involved in the treatment, and we get the same queries regularly online. But the basic true answer to this question is- NONE KNOWS! There are different aspects, which are involved in the treatment of a disease- Patient’s individuality and personal characters (Ayurvedic Body Type); quality of the medicines prescribed to the patient; psychological level of the patient; regularity of the patient with treatment-medicines and follow up and none of the physicians has tools to control on all these aspects so none should claim that how much time a disease will take to be cured.
About Mamsa Dhatu- All the three Doshas maintain the muscles by their controls on the muscles. Kapha provides the base to the muscles (the fluid in between the muscle fibres) without Kapha there will be a strong friction between the muscle fibres and every muscle will be inflamed and will face severe damage- even on walking for a few second. Second aspect of the Kapha is- it gives nourishment to the muscles, if the nourishment will be stopped- muscles will start decaying day by day- what happens in case of the Muscular Dystrophy. Whatever may be the cause but one thing is clear that Kapha part of the muscles will be reduced and it makes the muscles week and decaying.
Pitta, brings energy by churning the food/fuel. Muscles do a lot of activity all the day. Even you are sitting or just typing something on a key board- all the muscles of your body are toned and these need a lot of energy to maintain this tone. So muscles have their own metabolic setup as well as their own energy production unit. Once Pitta gets low in its activity- there will be lack of energy in the muscles and it will result in lethargic and malaise like conditions.
Third one the most important among all three for muscles is Vata. Muscles are related to the movement and the main principle of the movement and controller of all the movements in the body is- Vata, thus Vata hold on the muscles. When there is no proper supply from the nerves (Vata) to the muscles- muscles will be flaccid, as they will lose their tone. Once a nerve is hyperactive with certain muscles, it will cause the stiffness in the muscle- so there will be a problem when nerves won’t be normal with the body.
All the Ayurvedic treatments are based on the normal working of the three Doshas and same is applicable with the muscles. Our Vaidyas have got tremendous results with the cases of muscular dystrophy and other muscular problems like Body stiffness, Cervical and Lumbar pains, sciatica (where muscles were involved) by doing Panchakarma treatments along with the Ayurvedic medicines. If you are looking for a complete treatment of any of these conditions, please mail us for online consultation, or speak with our Ayurvedic Physicians via phone or on internet and we will try to assist you in the best possible way.
PLEASE NOTE: Always speak to your health practitioner first before embarking on a new treatment and to discuss tailored options.
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:
Ganoderma lucidum, known as reishi, comes from a tree fungus used in China and Japan for treatment of autoimmune diseases. It is believed to affect the immune system, but it is not known if it strengthens it. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is an antioxidant. The Lahey Clinic reports, however, that at this date there have been no reliable double-blind placebo-controlled studies done to verify this, according to livestrong.com.
The best general-purpose oils for muscle pain include marjoram and peppermint, to befollowed by Balsam Fir, Basil, Birch, Cypress, Ginger, Lavender, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Silver Fir, Spanish Sage, Vetiver, White Fir, and Wintergreen.
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:
According to the jasminfoundation.org, homeopathy can be beneficial to patients with the illness. It works in harmony with the immune system and has proved its efficacy for the treatment of structural pathology. Always speak to your homeopathic practitioner before starting any new treatment. Homeopathic treatments are designed to assist your specific needs; remedies will be affected by the exact condition that you are experiencing and your specific circumstances.
If you’re suffering from polymyositis, take a look at any of the following herbs but do speak to your health practitioner before starting any new treatment:
- Herba tarazaci
- Radix isatidis
- Fructus forsythia
- Rhizoma spargannii
- Radix rehmanniae praeparata
- Fructus corni
- Herba epimedii
- Radix scutellariae
- Cortex cinnamomi
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) http://www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
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
Foods that help heal polymyositis www.youtube.com/watch?v=AViyqt2FrK4
Strengthen your immune system with this home remedy www.homeveda.com/other-conditions/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-weak-immune-system.html
Healing the body meditation /www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFh-Km4AXeE&feature=related
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Best essential oils for pain www.experience-essential-oils.com/essential-oils-for-pain.html
Homeopathy for polymyositis www.thejasminfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=154%3Apolymyositis&catid=31&Itemid=58
Natural therapy for polymyositis www.livestrong.com/article/539795-natural-therapy-for-polymyositis
Diet for polymyositis sufferers www.livestrong.com/article/493104-polymyositis-diet
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
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
Whole food supplement, Pure Synergy
www.thesynergycompany.com (800) 723-0277
E3 Live, Green Superfoods
Omega-3s, Cod Liver oil
www.drrons.com (877) 472-8701
St. John’s Wort
Sunlight Therapy, Solar Healing
EMF Chaos Elimination, Q-Link
www.toolsforwellness.com (800) 456-9887
Living Freedom, Emotional Release Work
www.totalintegrationinstitute.com (520) 615-9811
Callahan Technique, Thought Field Therapy
www.tftrx.com (760) 564-1008
Dianetics, Dianetics Technology
www.dianetics.com (800) 367-8788
Neuro Emotional Technique
www.netmindbody.com (800) 888-4638
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Andrea Butje | Aromahead email@example.com – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt firstname.lastname@example.org – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA email@example.com – meditation, stress
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