16 doctors weighed in:
Is it possible for fibromyalgia to be healed holistically?
16 doctors weighed in

Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Possibly
Anything that reduces stress or the effect of stress or that produces deep (dreaming) sleep may help.

In brief: Possibly
Anything that reduces stress or the effect of stress or that produces deep (dreaming) sleep may help.
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: I believe so
If by holistic you mean integrating the body, mind and spirit to overcome fibromyalgia then the answer is a wholehearted yes.

In brief: I believe so
If by holistic you mean integrating the body, mind and spirit to overcome fibromyalgia then the answer is a wholehearted yes.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Dr. Maiysha Clairborne
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Nutrition
Absolutely, there are many "holistic" or alternative treatments for fibromyalgia.
Acupuncture is proven by research to improve fibromyalgia symptoms and specific dietary modification can also be helpful in lowering inflammation that can increase symptoms. Autoimmune disorders, candida, and hormone imbalance are also thought to be contributing factors that when manage can alleviate the condition.

In brief: Nutrition
Absolutely, there are many "holistic" or alternative treatments for fibromyalgia.
Acupuncture is proven by research to improve fibromyalgia symptoms and specific dietary modification can also be helpful in lowering inflammation that can increase symptoms. Autoimmune disorders, candida, and hormone imbalance are also thought to be contributing factors that when manage can alleviate the condition.
Dr. Maiysha Clairborne
Dr. Maiysha Clairborne
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Dr. Syed H. Sajid
Getting enough restful sleep; Hydrotherapy; walking; treating depression through CBT; relaxation techniques; mind and body control; aerobic exercises; keep on moving, despite pain; meditation; deep breathing relaxation techniques; decreasing stress, if possible.
Dr. Maiysha Clairborne
Thanks for adding that in!
Dr. Stanley Himes
Integrative Medicine
In brief: Yes.
Functional medicine can bring you back to wellness.
I would look at your GI tract and check your stool for bad bacteria , leaky gut syndrome and food sensitivities. There are several other tests i would do also.

In brief: Yes.
Functional medicine can bring you back to wellness.
I would look at your GI tract and check your stool for bad bacteria , leaky gut syndrome and food sensitivities. There are several other tests i would do also.
Dr. Stanley Himes
Dr. Stanley Himes
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice
In brief: POSSIBLY
Several doctors and laypersons have written books supporting assertions that fibromyalgia can be healed with natural approaches.
Find through amazon. Several clinical reports tout aquatherapy. If doctors readily admit cause is unknown, assertions that certain natural practices (based on age-old therapies; worthy empirical evidence) are "not possible" derives from unseemly medical doctor hubris.

In brief: POSSIBLY
Several doctors and laypersons have written books supporting assertions that fibromyalgia can be healed with natural approaches.
Find through amazon. Several clinical reports tout aquatherapy. If doctors readily admit cause is unknown, assertions that certain natural practices (based on age-old therapies; worthy empirical evidence) are "not possible" derives from unseemly medical doctor hubris.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
The reason for a "spectrum of disorder" for fibromyalgia is that the cause, pelvic girdle instability due to pelvic ligament laxity, manifests differently in individuals & genders.  The body musculoskeletal tower is constantly stressed by gravity & a body tilted above an unstable pelvis incurs widely ranging chronic muscle spasm leading to varying densities of painful trigger points. The delicate female pelvis is more easily injured & women have an higher incidence of Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (inherited trait) that contributes to pelvis instability.  Female pelvices are subject to varying intensities of permanent injury related to frequency of childbirth.  In both sexes, severity of symptoms is a function of musculoskeletal deconditioning & upper body mass borne by an unstable pelvis.  On a Pain Board at Quora.com a medical researcher discusses these dynamics, which are the true cause of fibromyalgia. 
Dr. Ronald Krauser
There are several new studies that support the neurologic origin of FM. There is no data to support your theories of hypermobility and pelvic instability.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
In brief: Absolutely not
There is no controlled data to suport any benefit from holistic approaches in the treatment of fibromyalgia.

In brief: Absolutely not
There is no controlled data to suport any benefit from holistic approaches in the treatment of fibromyalgia.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
It is not technically possible to apply blinded controlled studies to system therapeutic approaches to treatment of a disorder that is caused by system wide failure that has multiple etiologic co-factors. The age-old methods of empiricism and case studies must be relied upon to demonstrate therapeutic efficacy. Fibromyalgia does not fit into the "one disorder - one cause" model.
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