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Natural Stimulant and Sleep Aide for Fibromyalgia

A typical issue for anyone suffering from Fibromyalgia is feeling fatigued all day, and then wide awake once it comes time to go to bed. While there are a host of pharmaceutical options, for those hoping to manage these symptoms with natural supplements, there are a few options that can work with the body to ease fatigue during the day, and others that can aide in falling (and staying) asleep at night. Even from a natural supplement standpoint, there are many options, with Melatonin and Chamomile being common sleep aides, and of course caffeine being the most common stimulant. But there are a few that can be just as helpful that are a little less common (and yet still easy to find in most local drug stores or natural health food stores).

Rhodiola (Stimulant)

Rhodiola, also known as golden root, roseroot or queens crown, is a known non-caffeine based stimulant providing benefits towards anxiety, fatigue, headaches, and depression, all known factors for Fibromyalgia patients. Rhodiola can either be taken as a supplement or in tea form to obtain the benefits. While as is typical of most herbs, Rhodiola has not been specifically tested for Fibromyalgia, it has been studied for effectiveness against common symptoms of fibromyalgia. The generalized studies of Rhodiola display a high level of effectiveness combined with a low instance of side effects, lending itself as a relatively safe supplement to use for symptom treatments.

Valerian Root (Sedative)

Valerian root is commonly referenced as a sleep aid for patients with Fibromyalgia, relating to its non-habit forming tendencies. As with pharmaceutical remedies for sleep, Valerian can impact cognition and alertness, which provide the key risk factors in use, especially for individuals who need to drive and or operate dangerous equipment. Valerian is a plant native to both Europe and Asia and as with most herbal remedies, has a long history of use. It is the roots and rhizomes that are used from the Valerian plant to produce remedies, and are typically made into pills or capsules, liquid extracts or teas. Valerian is not used topically. Valerian is commonly classified as one of the six primary plant based sleep therapeutics; included in this group are caffeine, chamomile, cherries, kava kava, L-Tryptophan, marijuana, and Valerian. As with comfrey and white willow bark, Valerian is readily available in over the counter forms for use in all forms, and the key side effects relate to short term issues with tiredness the following day, headaches, dizziness, or upset stomach. All side effect symptoms are short lived for Valerian. There are no known adverse side effects for long term use of Valerian as a sleep aid.

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