What Is Fibromyalgia?
How Many People Have Fibromyalgia?
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
How Is Fibromyalgia Diagnosed?
How Is Fibromyalgia Treated?
What Is The Herb
Imperial Gold Maca?
What Research Is Being Conducted on Fibromyalgia?
Where Can People Get More Information About
Imperial Gold Maca Herb Works
Wonders For Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a
chronic disorder characterized by widespread
musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and multiple tender
points. "Tender points" refers to tenderness that occurs
in precise, localized areas, particularly in the neck,
spine, shoulders, and hips. People with this syndrome
may also experience sleep disturbances, morning
stiffness, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, and other
How Many People Have Fibromyalgia
to the American College of Rheumatology, Fibromyalgia
affects 3 to 6 million Americans. It primarily occurs in
women of childbearing age, but children, the elderly,
and men can also be affected.
What Causes Fibromyalgia
Although the cause of
Fibromyalgia is unknown, researchers have several
theories about causes or triggers of the disorder. Some
scientists believe that the syndrome may be caused by an
injury or trauma. This injury may affect the central
nervous system. Fibromyalgia may be associated with
changes in muscle metabolism, such as decreased blood
flow, causing fatigue and decreased strength. Others
believe the syndrome may be triggered by an infectious
agent such as a virus in susceptible people, but no such
agent has been identified.
How Is Fibromyalgia Diagnosed
difficult to diagnose because many of the symptoms mimic
those of other disorders. The physician reviews the
patient's medical history and makes a diagnosis of
Fibromyalgia based on a history of chronic widespread
pain that persists for more than 3 months. The American
College of Rheumatology (ACR) has developed criteria for
Fibromyalgia that physicians can use in diagnosing the
disorder. According to ACR criteria, a person is
considered to have Fibromyalgia if he or she has
widespread pain in combination with tenderness in at
least 11 of 18 specific tender point sites.
How Is Fibromyalgia Treated
Fibromyalgia requires a comprehensive approach. The
physician, physical therapist, and patient may all play
an active role in the management of Fibromyalgia.
Studies have shown that aerobic exercise, such as
swimming and walking, improves muscle fitness and
reduces muscle pain and tenderness. Heat and massage may
also give short-term relief. Antidepressant medications
may help elevate mood, improve quality of sleep, and
relax muscles. Patients with Fibromyalgia may benefit
from a combination of exercise, medication, physical
therapy, and relaxation.
What Is The Herb Maca
Maca is a
hearty root vegetable plant which grows in
the high Andean plateaus of Peru at
altitudes as high as 14,500 feet above sea
level. Little is known about the origins of
MACA, but the plant is believed to have been
cultivated in the Junin Plateau region of
the Central Highlands in an area called Cerro de Pasco
as far back as 2,000 years ago. The Inca's of Peru were
sophisticated builders and cultivators of the land and
may have been responsible for the cultivation of MACA
which have been found in archaeological sites. Many
legends exist about the nourishing powers of MACA, such
as it's ability to promote a feeling of wellbeing and
increased energy. The only area where this
particular species of MACA is found is a
region of extreme weather conditions such as
freezing, high winds, and intensive
sunlight. No other food plant exists in the
world which will grow at so high an altitude
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of the delicate condition that Fibromyalgia creates,
Imperial Gold Maca can be a very welcome nutrient for
the body. Since it helps to balance the hormonal system
which Fibromyalgia is very much part of since it feeds
the endocrine system so very well.
that Maca improves memory, combats anemia, and fights
depression. Some researchers note that when the body is
well-nourished, libido rises and depression abates; Maca's
nutrient value could explain some of these purported
actions. The root, which tastes like butterscotch when it's
roasted like a potato, can also be prepared into jam, broth,
puddings, and juices, and contains five times more protein
than a potato, four times more fiber, and substantially far less fat. It
contains linoleic and oleic oils (two types of essential
fatty acids) and essential amino acids.
There is no one treatment for Fibromyalgia.
An all encompassing treatment protocol must
be used in order to effectively reduce the
pain associated with Fibromyalgia. The ideal
treatment would involve the following:
Chiropractic adjustments - to restore
normal nervous function
Nutritional Supplements - to increase
the oxygen supply to muscle and help
restore normal muscle metabolism
Aerobic Exercise - to increase oxygen
supply to muscle
massage and stretches
usage of Imperial Gold Maca to help
restore hormonal balance and reduce the
pain and discomfort
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Acupuncture - helps reduce pain. Aspirin
and other pain relievers offer no long
term relief of pain
Muscular Stress - this would involve the
use of back supports, modifying some
What Research Is Being Conducted on Fibromyalgia
The NIAMS is sponsoring
research that will increase understanding of the
specific abnormalities that cause and accompany
Fibromyalgia with the hope of developing better ways to
diagnose, treat, and prevent this disorder.
Recent NIAMS studies
show that abnormally low levels of the hormone cortisol
may be associated with Fibromyalgia. At Brigham and
Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and at the
University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor,
researchers are studying regulation of the function of
the adrenal gland (which makes cortisol) in
Fibromyalgia. People whose bodies make inadequate
amounts of cortisol experience many of the same symptoms
as people with Fibromyalgia. It is hoped that these
studies will increase understanding about Fibromyalgia
and may suggest new ways to treat the disorder.
NIAMS research studies
are looking at different aspects of the disorder. At the
University of Alabama in Birmingham, researchers are
concentrating on how specific brain structures are
involved in the painful symptoms of Fibromyalgia. At
George Washington University in Washington, DC,
scientists are investigating the causes of a post-Lyme
disease syndrome as a model for Fibromyalgia. Some
patients develop a Fibromyalgia-like condition following
Lyme disease, an infectious disorder associated with
arthritis and other symptoms.
research on Fibromyalgia also includes several projects
at the Institute's Multipurpose Arthritis and
Musculoskeletal Diseases Centers. Researchers at these
centers are studying individuals who do not seek medical
care, but who meet the criteria for Fibromyalgia.
(Potential subjects are located through advertisements
in local newspapers asking for volunteers with
widespread pain or aching.) Other studies at the Centers
are attempting to uncover better ways to manage the pain
associated with the disorder through behavioral
interventions such as relaxation training.
In March 1998, NIAMS
and several other NIH institutes and offices issued a
Request for Proposals to promote research studies of
Fibromyalgia. As a result of this request, NIAMS and its
partners recently funded 15 new Fibromyalgia projects
totaling more than $3.6 million.
The NIAMS supports and
encourages outstanding basic and clinical research that
increases the understanding of Fibromyalgia. However,
much more research needs to be done before Fibromyalgia
can be successfully treated or prevented.
The Federal Government,
in collaboration with researchers, physicians, and
private voluntary health organizations, is committed to
research efforts that are directed at significantly
improving the health of all Americans afflicted with
Where Can People Get More Information About Fibromyalgia
1330 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
800/283-7800 or call your local chapter (listed in
the telephone directory)
World Wide Web address:
is the main voluntary organization devoted to all forms
of arthritis. The Foundation publishes a pamphlet on
fibrositis. Single copies are free with a self-addressed
stamped envelope. The Foundation also can provide
P.O. Box 31750
Tucson, AZ 85751-1750
Contact: Ms. Kristin Thorson
(formerly Fibromyalgia Association of Greater
140 Zinn Way
Linden, VA 22642-5609
(toll free) 866/725-4404
World Wide Web address:
Fibromyalgia Awareness Campaign (NFAC)
2415 N. River Trail Road, Suite 200
Orange, CA 92865
These are the main
organizations devoted to Fibromyalgia. They publish
newsletters and provide pamphlets on the disease.
The National Institute of Arthritis and
Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information
Clearinghouse is a public service sponsored by
the NIAMS that provides health information and
information sources. The NIAMS, a component
the National Institutes of Health, leads and
coordinates the Federal medical effort in
arthritis, musculoskeletal, bone, muscle, and
skin diseases by conducting and supporting
research projects, research training, clinical
trials, and epidemiological studies, and by
disseminating information on research
initiatives and research results.
A medication or treatment that relieves
Literally means joint inflammation, but is
often used to indicate a group of more than
100 rheumatic diseases. These diseases
affect not only the joints but also other
connective tissues of the body, including
important supporting structures such as
muscles, tendons, and ligaments, as well as
the protective covering of internal organs.
One in which the immune system destroys or
attacks the patient's own body tissue.
A tough, resilient tissue that covers and
cushions the ends of the bones and absorbs
An illness that lasts for a long time.
The main structural protein of skin, tendon,
bone cartilage, and connective tissues.
The supporting framework of the body and its
Sometimes called fibrositis, a chronic
disorder that causes pain and stiffness
throughout the tissues that support and move
the bones and joints. Pain and localized
tender points occur in the muscles,
particularly those that support the neck,
spine, shoulders, and hips. The disorder
includes widespread pain, fatigue, and sleep
A tough wrapping of tendons and ligaments
that surrounds the joint.
A period in which disease symptoms reappear
or become worse.
A specific tissue type or gene, similar to a
blood type, that is passed on from parents
to their children. Some genetic markers are
linked to certain rheumatic diseases.
The reaction of the immune system against
foreign substances. When this reaction
occurs against substances or tissues within
the body, it is called an autoimmune
A complex system that normally protects the
body from infections. It combines groups of
cells, the chemicals that control them, and
the chemicals they release.
A characteristic reaction of tissues to
injury or disease. It is marked by four
signs: swelling, redness, heat, and pain.
A junction where two bones meet. Most joints
are composed of cartilage, joint space,
fibrous capsule, synovium, and ligaments.
The volume enclosed within the fibrous
capsule and synovium.
Bands of cordlike tissue that connect bone
A structure composed of bundles of
specialized cells that, when stimulated by
nerve impulses, contract and produce
Inflammatory and non inflammatory diseases
Inflammation of a muscle.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs):
A group of drugs, such as aspirin and
aspirin-like drugs, used to reduce
inflammation that causes joint pain,
stiffness, and swelling.
A circulatory condition associated with
spasms in the blood vessels of the fingers
and toes causing them to change color. After
exposure to cold, these areas turn white,
then blue, and finally red.
A period during which symptoms of disease
are reduced (partial remission) or disappear
A condition manifested by dry eyes and dry
One in which a person has difficulty
achieving restful, restorative sleep. In
addition to other symptoms, patients with
fibromyalgia usually have a sleep disorder.
A tissue that surrounds and protects the
joints. It produces synovial fluid that
nourishes and lubricates the joints.
Specific locations on the body that are
painful, especially when pressed.
Fibrous cords that connect muscle to bone.
Inflammation in the blood vessels. It may
occur throughout the body.