Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is characterized by pain in the muscles and bones, trouble sleeping, and multiple tender points on the body. Physically, tender points are almost always a point of FMS although the degree of tenderness, location and number of these points may vary from day to day.  This often makes FMS difficult to diagnose. Pressure applied to these points produces severe pain, which may radiate to surrounding or unrelated areas. FMS sufferers experience moderate to extreme muscle fatigue that may be intermittent or continuous. Almost everyone has experienced this type of pain for short periods, for instance after exercising, when under stress, or when sleep-deprived. For the FMS sufferer, this pain never fully goes away. FMS can develop after a physical injury, or it may arise for no apparent reason. When it follows an injury, the original muscle pain becomes generalized and spreads to the surrounding areas and throughout the body. FMS, while different for everyone who has it, tends to come and go throughout life.  It is not deforming, degenerative, life threatening, or imaginary. Since several other diseases have symptoms similar to FMS, it is important that a physician who is knowledgeable and understands the unique problems surrounding this disease performs a complete medical evaluation.

Stachys Officinalis (Wood Betony) relaxes skeletal muscle and has a tropism for the muscles of the upper back, shoulders, neck. It is useful in the treatment of headaches secondary to muscle tension and/or hypertension that is worsened by anxiety. The historical use of Stachys was as a panacea of all afflictions of the head including hysteria, headaches located at the top of the skull, protection from fearful visions and nightmares. It is also used daily to prevent migraine headaches. Stachys gently tonifies and strengthens the nervous system while exerting its overall relaxing effect. Stachys has astringent and alterative actions, giving it usefulness in treating rheumatism and toxic conditions. A bitter astringent, sedative herb improves digestion and cerebral circulation.

Glyceryl Guaiacolate (Guaifenesin) many years ago, quite by accident, Dr. R Paul St. Armand discovered that Glyceryl Guaiacolate (Guaifenesin) also works for Fibromayalgia. Dr. R Paul St. Armand believes that FMS is caused by an abnormality in phosphate excretion, which may be due to a genetic defect. Excess phosphates build up in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons of Fibromyalgia sufferers, making them ache and feel tired. Retention of phosphates eventually interferes with energy formation in affected cells. Guaifenesin flushes metabolic debris out of the body, and while this occurs, pain will probably increase temporarily. His treatment is designed to restore energy production by releasing the body from a biochemical blockade. He believes FMS is caused by the retention of a biochemical substance in the cells themselves a metabolic malfunction that results in an inability to produce energy. Dr. St. Armand believes when patients are being treated with Guaifenesin, they cannot take salicylates, which are contained in aspirin and herbal medications, including aloe. Castor oil, Listerin, Ben Gay, and razors with aloe strips are among the many culprits that block the action of Guaifenesin.

Magnesium is critical to many cellular functions, including energy production, protein formation, and cellular replication. Magnesium participates in more than 300 enzymatic reactions in the body, in particular those processes involved in energy production. Magnesium is also required for the activation of the sodium and potassium pump that pumps sodium out of, and potassium into, the cells. Therefore, magnesium deficiency results in decreased intracellular potassium. As a result of lower magnesium and potassium within the cell, cell function is greatly disrupted. Magnesium has been referred to as “nature’s calcium channel-blocker” because of its ability to block the entry of calcium into vascular smooth-muscle cells and heart muscle cells. As a result, magnesium supplementation can help reduce vascular resistance, lower blood pressure, and lead to more efficient heart function. Magnesium also helps regulate proper calcium metabolism through its actions on several hormones including parathyroid hormone and calcitonin.

In addition to functioning as an electrolyte, potassium is essential for conversion of blood sugar into glycogen, the storage from of blood sugar in the muscles and liver. A potassium shortage results in lower levels of stored glycogen. Because exercising muscles use glycogen for energy, a potassium deficiency produces great fatigue and muscle weakness, the first signs of potassium deficiency.
Malic acid has the ability to increase the utilization of substances needed for ATP (Andenosine Triphosphate) syntheses. It has as oxygen-sparing effect because of its ability to generate ATP efficiently, using sugar as fuel even under low oxygen conditions. The increased ATP production under hypoxic conditions reverses the spasms of the blood vessels and increases the amount of oxygen and food substances available to muscles and other tissues. There are no known contraindications in the use of Malic acid, according to scientific literature.
Thiamin may also be helpful in easing Fibromyalgia symptoms, since some studies have found Fibromyalgia patients to have low thiamin status. However, the exact role that this vitamin might have in Fibromyalgia remains unclear. Thiamin also plays a role in the respiratory chain. In addition, thiamin deficiency symptoms are strikingly similar to many of the symptoms experienced by Fibromyalgia patients. These include apathy, confusion, fatigue, insomnia, depression, paresthesia, low blood pressure low metabolism, and shortness of breath.
*These comments have not been approved by the FDA. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose, or address disease. All of the products in the Jernigan Nutraceutical product line, work to enhance and support the restoration of structure and function of the body’s crystalline matrix. Always consult with your health care professional before beginning this or any other dietary supplement. 

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