Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition in which a person experiences extensive muscle and joint pain. It causes musculoskeletal pain, tenderness, headaches, dry eyes, rash, itching, bladder problems, general fatigue, sleep and cognitive disturbances. It can be challenging to treat as the exact cause of Fibromyalgia is not known.
An imbalance in Vata dosha causes Fibromyalgia. When Vata dosha is out of balance, the Pitta (metabolism) and Kapha (immunity) are also out of balance. The main pathogenic factors are initiated by accumulation of Ama due to disturbance in Vata Dosha. These toxins accumulate due to consumption of improper diet. When Ama gets accumulated, they block channels and cause tenderness, pain and hypersensitivity in muscles and joints. This can trigger stress and further cause mental disturbances along with existing physical alignments.
The main line of treatment for Fibromyalgia is by detoxifying the channels within the body. For this, panchakarma procedures are operated that are helpful in eliminating the toxins from the body. Further, internal medications are also provided to balance the vitiated doshas and external application of herbs is given to ease out the toxins in the channels, as they become easy to eliminate.
The persistent pain and tenderness associated with the fibromyalgia illness can be caused by a variety of reasons. These variables aren't always the same for each person. However, according to Ayurveda, the fundamental causes of Fibromyalgia are the aggravation of Vata dosha (owing to margavarodha) and the buildup of Ama (toxins).
Vatavyadhi (diseases produced mostly by vitiated Vata Dosha) is a subtype of disease described in Ayurveda. Vatavyadhi is a chronic, unpredictable, and difficult-to-cure condition that affects primarily the musculoskeletal and neurological systems, but can also impact one or more additional tissues over time. It manifests with a variety of probable and changing symptoms and indications, including pain, stiffness, contracture, weariness, progressive loss of mobility, and mental disorder, according to ancient scriptures. This description is quite similar to the contemporary fibromyalgia diagnosis.
The pathogenesis begins in the gastrointestinal tract (anna vaha srota) and then spreads out through the madhyama rogamarga, the disease's intermediate channels, with a special affinity for shleshma sthana, particularly muscular tissues (mamsa dhatu) and their accompanying channels. A distinct aspect of the condition is the inability to tolerate even light touch in the muscles (sparshasahyata). Malaise, anorexia, heaviness of the body, nausea, and intermittent fever are symptoms that cause patients to become disabled over time.
Due to its intricacy, fibromyalgia has proven to be a challenging disorder to manage. However, at Elite, we provide a successful therapy for Fibromyalgia. At Elite, fibromyalgia, which is predominantly a vatavyadhi condition, is treated by focusing on both Vta samshamana (re-balancing) and samshodhana (purification), which get disturbed owing to ama buildup (toxins). A mix of Panchakarma treatments, studied internal medications, stringent Diet & Lifestyle adjustments, and stress management are used in our therapy for Fibromyalgia.
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