Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Wanda
Posted on: May 8, 2000

I have Polymyalgia Rheumatic and if you have a herb to help me and I really want to know what that is called.

Polymyalgia rheumatica is an autoimmune disease of unknown cause. Symptoms can include tender, stiff shoulders and buttocks, headache, scalp tenderness, weight loss and vision impairment. Artery inflammation may be a feature.

Herbs are used to improve circulation and decrease inflammation: yarrow improves circulation and decreases inflammation; Hawthorn supports the heart to improve circulation; Meadowsweet is antiinflammatory and white Willow Bark is antiinflammatory and pain relieving.

Diet changes are usually necessary. Meat encourages inflammation. Oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and herring, and freshly ground ground flax seeds help to decrease inflammation. Plenty of fresh raw fruit and vegetables provide the vitamins and minerals necessary to improve immune function and help rid the body of toxins. A healing diet includes whole grains and legumes and excludes refined flour, sugar and junk foods.

In order to ensure good absorption of healing vitamins and minerals from your food, it is important that your digestive system and bowels are functioning well.

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