Fibromyalgia A Journey Toward Healing

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2002-07-29
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
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Fibromyalgia is one of the fastest-growing diagnoses in the country. Yet, it's also one of the most controversial diagnoses; many doctors deny its existence, while others use fibromyalgia as a fallback when they are unable to determine the actual cause of ill health. Fibromyalgia: A Journey Toward Healing offers hope and help to the 6 million people who suffer from this condition. With its holistic approach, it shows how patients can achieve lasting wellness and healing through changes in diet and lifestyle and by using herbs. Numerous self-help remedies as well as advice on exercise, physical therapy, and aromatherapy are presented.

Author Biography

Chanchal Cabrera is a medical herbalist and clinical aromatherapist. She is associate editor of the Medical Herbalism newsletter and the founder and co-owner of the Gaia Garden Herbals, a full-service herbal store and clinic in Vancouver, Canada.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
What is Fibromyalgia?p. 1
Fibromyalgia in Contextp. 3
My Own Experience with Fibromyalgia
The Clinical Features of Fibromyalgiap. 13
Major Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Conditions Commonly Associated with Fibromyalgia
Who Gets Fibromyalgia and Why?p. 43
Genetic Causes
Psychogenic and Social Causes
Nutritional Causes
Toxins and Environmental Stress
Neuroendocrine Causes
The Perception of Pain
Cellular Metabolic Disturbance
Neuromuscular Causes
Physical Trauma as a Causative Agent
Modern Medicine and Fibromyalgiap. 79
Sleeping Agents
Muscle Relaxants
Pain Management
Holistic Approaches to Fibromyalgiap. 95
Using Food as Medicine: Building a Healthy Dietp. 97
The Paleolithic Diet
The Building Blocks of Health
Choosing and Using Nutritional Supplements
Amino Acids
Additional Supplements
Biochemical Individuality
Putting It All Together
Basic Principles of a Healthy Diet
Herbal Approaches to Healing Fibromyalgiap. 155
The History and Philosophy of Western Herbal Medicine
What Is Holistic Medicine?
Building an Herbal Formula
Herbal Therapies for Fibromyalgia
Clinical Approaches to Treating Fibromyalgia
Adjunctive Therapies and Self-Carep. 191
Sleep Management
Light Therapy and the Serotonin/Melatonin Balance
Mind-Body Medicine
Therapeutic Bodywork
A Primer on Herbal Medicinesp. 217
How to Make Herbal Medicines
How to Take Herbal Medicines
Sources and Resourcesp. 225
Web Sites
Herbal Materia Medicap. 235
Indexp. 311
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