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Are there natural treatments for fibromyalgia?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

There are many natural treatments for fibromyalgia. Common natural treatments for fibromyalgia include acupuncture, biofeedback, chiropractic, hypnosis, magnesium supplements, magnet therapy, massage therapy, SAMe (S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine), and tai chi, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Talk with your doctor before taking any supplements if you have fibromyalgia.

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Some practitioners of alternative medicine recommend various natural treatments, such as herbs and nutritional supplements, for treating fibromyalgia symptoms. Some of these natural products may hold promise. For instance, there is some evidence that herbs commonly prescribed by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine may be effective for relieving fibromyalgia symptoms. However, these and other natural treatments require closer study before their true effects are known.

Check with your doctor before taking any herb or supplement. Even natural medicines can have unwanted side effects, and they may interact with medications you're taking.

Dr. Jennifer N. Caudle, DO
Family Practitioner

There are many natural treatments for fibromyalgia, including getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, minimizing stress, exercising, and counseling or therapy. Watch family medicine physician Jennifer Caudle, DO, discuss these treatment options.

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