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  • Writer's pictureJulie Miller

Fibromyalgia and Alternative Therapies

Updated: Jan 17

This post is focusing on fibromyalgia. I have been prompted to write on this topic as number of my friends suffer with the condition or have been recently diagnosed.


For those that don’t know fibromyalgia is a syndrome that is composed of many different symptoms. The primary symptom is pain and tenderness in multiple areas of the body. This is often linked to fatigue, sleep disorders, digestive problems, and depression. Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are considered to be overlapping disorders which many consider to actually be the same illness.


Using alternative and complementary therapies have been successfully used in the last decades for improving and correcting the major symptoms of the disorder. Although alternative therapies and remedies can’t be a substitute for modern medicine and can neither completely overcome fibromyalgia, it is a healthier, better way of improving one’s physical and mental health. Some drugs prescribed in modern medicine to patients with fibromyalgia have secondary effects and sometimes can even cause more harm rather than good. Considering the fact that fibromyalgia is a chronic neurological disorder, the symptoms reoccur on a regular time basis and ongoing treatment is necessary. By using alternative therapies, people who suffer from the disorder may quickly begin to feel better and with time may see an improvement of their symptoms. 


Alternative therapies are a healthier, safer way of dealing with the destructive effects of the disorder. Therapies and remedies are based on the knowledge and wisdom from our ancestors and consist of many practices. Alternative therapies are known to considerably improve the health of patients with neurological disorders such, helping them to regain control over their bodies and lives by achieving mental and physical balance. Most remedies used in alternative medicine have been used in treating all kinds of diseases for thousands of years. They have considerably less side-effects than synthetic drugs and sometimes they are even more efficient. 


Some alternative therapies are more popular than others. However, these ancient complementary medicine practices all have various benefits. Popular fibromyalgia alternative therapies are acupuncture, acupressure, Reiki, aromatherapy and hydrotherapy.


A very effective form of alternative therapy is Reiki. Reiki is a holistic treatment that plays an effective role in fibromyalgia treatment and in helping to alleviate many fibromyalgia symptoms. In fact, the benefits of reiki healing are particularly effective for treating common symptoms such as fatigue and pain.  Reiki is not a cure for any disease, including fibromyalgia, but it can boost overall health, particularly when practiced in addition to a healthy lifestyle. It also reduces muscle pain, anxiety and depression. One central principle to reiki is that the patient takes responsibility for their own health, thereby giving them active participation in their own healing.


Another interesting alternative therapy is aromatherapy. To help refresh and stimulate the body and it can also help in easing the symptoms of fibromyalgia. My suggested oils would be:


Deep Blue® 

dōTERRA’s soothing blend contains Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, Helichrysum and Osmanthus work together to provide a cooling effect and can be a comforting part of a massage. Apply topicalically to affect area. Dilute for sensitive or young skin


DDR Prime® Softgels 

DDR Prime® Softgels provide the benefits of DDR Prime in a convenient vegetarian softgel. DDR Prime is a proprietary blend of Therapeutic Grade essential oils that can help protect the body against oxidative stress to cellular DNA. The essential oils in DDR Prime provide antioxidant protection and support a healthy response to cellular stressors.


Zendocrine® Detoxification Complex 

The body’s filtering and waste management system is tasked with managing the body’s exposure to toxic influencers. dōTERRA Zendocrine® Detoxification Complex is a proprietary blend of whole-food extracts in a patented enzyme delivery system that supports healthy cleansing and filtering functions of the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs, and skin.



Most modern consumers are familiar with the aroma and flavour of Wintergreen due to its popularity in candy and chewing gum. Wintergreen essential oil, however, has much more to offer, such as its use in a warming, soothing massage after exercise. Its top properties are anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-rheumatic. For aromatic or topical use. 



Lavender has been cherished for its unmistakable aroma and its beneficial properties for thousands of years. Lavender is widely used and accepted for its calming and relaxing qualities. For aromatic, topical, or dietary use.



Many essential oils have been recognised for their digestive health benefits. DigestZen® takes advantage of these well-established healthy compounds in a proprietary blend of pure essential oils. Ginger, Peppermint, Tarragon, Fennel, Caraway, Coriander and Anise each have specific attributes which add to the overall efficacy of this potent blend. When used internally, dōTERRA’s DigestZen helps reduce bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion. For aromatic, topical, or dietary use.



Elevation is the perfect blend for those moments when you need to be revitalised. This exciting blend provides an invigorating combination of essential oils that can elevate your mood and increase your energy. Elevation is a blend of Lavandin, Lavender, Tangerine, Elemi, Lemon, Myrtle, Melissa, Ylang Ylang, Osmanthus and Sandalwood blended flawlessly for an immediate and dramatic effect. For aromatic or topical use. 


These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


By incorporating alternative therapies, people confronted with the disorder are able to improve their constant pain, fatigue and discomfort. They are very good means of relaxation, helping people to achieve physical and mental balance.

You can book in a reiki session with me either at my practice or if you not local to me, I can offer distance healing (  All the essential oils mentioned in this post can be purchased from me at 

If you are a regular essential oil user and want to find out how you can get 25% off all your purchase plus other benefits, please do give me a call to discuss on 07872 633903.

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