About 5 million people in the United States suffer from a debilitating pain condition called fibromyalgia. Conventional medicine doesn’t have any clue concerning the cause and cure of the painful, exhausting, and stressful condition. Most individuals with fibromyalgia, 90% of which is women, can’t sleep at night due to the pain and discomfort.
On the other hand, naturopaths who have some hint are missing the other element of fibromyalgia contributor or cause: the fibrosis part. You see, fibromyalgia is an acronym of two words: fibro and myalgia. Fibro is short for fibrosis while myalgia simply means muscle strain. Fibromyalgia could also be categorized as a member of the myofascial pain syndromes. By how, a syndrome is a collection of clinical signs and symptoms of a disorder that doesn’t fit into any clinical routine or true identification. Fibromyalgia falls into this respect.
Now everybody is talking about the muscle strain and its own trigger points that’s the myalgia component; and nobody is talking about the first part or fibrosis that’s creating and sparking the pain in the fist place.
Borrowing a leaf out of cellular injury and repair, we know that wherever there is pain, there’s always inflammation in 95% of cases. Therefore, anything that kills pain should kill inflammation. Acute inflammation is characterized by pain, swelling, redness, and fibrin deposition. However, we are referring to chronic low-grade inflammation that’s the seed-bed for many pains. Pain is initiated by free radical generation, which then lead to oxidative stress resulting in severe and chronic inflammation well pass the time of the insult or injury. Inflammation of any type provokes fibrosis that is a form of repair mechanism pass the time of this hurt. Systemic enzymes come in to break this cycle by eating away the fibrin that produce fibrosis responsible for the pain of fibromyalgia.
First any insult or stress releases circulating immune complexes differently called prostaglandins. Because of checks and balances there are great (anti-inflammatory) and poor (pro-inflammatory) prostaglandins. COX inhibitors (such as aspirin, ibuprofen, cerebrex) often halt the pro-inflammatory prostaglandins and dull the pain. The problem is that the side effect of also inhibiting the prostaglandins which is responsible for regenerating the linings of the intestines, fix the kidneys and the liver. This is why these group of medications have nasty side effects such as gastric erosion, ulcers, gastritis, liver and kidney compromise aside from sparking unusual bleeding because they deplete the platelets (a type of white blood cells) that prevent bleeding.
The secure, and efficient alternative to those pain killers (NSAIDs) is systemic enzymes such as nattokinase, serrapeptase that are newer ones. The older ones are bromelain and papain. Systemic enzymes are so named because they operate throughout the body’s organs and systems; besides localized function of toxin and food digestion. Systemic enzymes are proteolytic or protein consumption enzymes which goes into the systemic circulation where it combats inflammation, eats away fibrin (inducing fibrosis in fibromyalgia) and cleaning the blood of contaminated immune system.
Remember the muscles and its covering fascia get their oxygen and nutrient supply from the blood flow. So, systemic enzymes tackle the origin of the imbalance in fibromyalgia since fibrosis cuts off the micro-circulation inside the muscle and make starvation, stagnation and ischemic pain also. Because those enzymes are proteolytic (protein consumption enzymes), they consume away the fibrin (inducing fibrosis) and pain in fibromyalgia. Once the origin of the pain is assaulted, the symptoms of fibromyalgia improves.
Systemic enzymes also addresses another symptom of fibromyalgia that’s the chronic fatigue by cleaning the contaminated blood flow, eliminating toxins and protecting the mitochondria, the power house of the cell that generate cellular energy. Don’t overlook that toxins deplete energy by clogging the immune system and un-coupling oxidative phosphorylation responsible for the electron transport chain. When electrons aren’t transferred, the body can’t make enough ATP which provides energy for cellular metabolism. As a negative note, CoQ10 is a significant participant in electron transport chain and energy creation and is also required in fibromyalgia to tackle tiredness.
Remember the immune system forces the train which initiates tissue repair in the body. Driving this train is the enzymes system of which proteolytic enzymes such as nattokinase is a synergist that make other enzymes, minerals and vitamins to get the job done. In fact, without systemic enzymes, minerals and vitamins do not work that well. That’s why vitamins are known as co-enzymes and trace minerals such as magnesium or zinc are called co-factors. By the manner magnesium is quite necessary in fibromyalgia for combating inflammation and pain, also
Do you now see why vitamins, herbs, amino acids and vital nutrients utilized to cure fibromyalgia work partly or do not work at all due to lack of enzymes particularly proteolytic enzymes. Most of the issues with humans are brought on by allergic proteins called antigens because they provoke immune reaction of which auto-inflammation and auto-immunity would be the rule rather than the exceptions. List of natural treatment for fibromyalgia such as Chinese scullcap, acacia, SAMe, MSM, melatonin, D-ribose, tryptophan, and vitamin D only give partial relief in the absence of systemic enzymes.
Systemic enzyme blend, therefore is the missing link in the pain management of fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndromes and other types of back pain causes.