Using Coconut Oil for Fibromyalgia: Natural Cure or Scam?
Virgin coconut oil has many benefits.
It can be used as a natural conditioning ingredient for many skin, hair and body care products and you can also cook and fry with it.
One of the most controversial is using coconut oil for fibromyalgia.
Here we’ll take a closer look at how it could help reduce some symptoms, possible ways to use it and additional resources from online communities and forums.
When I did research on the coconut-oil-fibromyalgia connection, I found this was a highly-debated topic among some people that suffered from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
I also learned that diagnosing fibromyalgia can be difficult as there’s no definitive diagnostic test.
The Mayo Clinic states that the symptoms can often mimic other conditions which could make diagnosis more difficult.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
According to the Mayo Clinic, you may experience a variety of symptoms:
pain and swelling in your joints and muscles
difficulty maintaining restful sleep
headaches or migraines
difficulty concentrating or memory issues
tingling or numbness in hands or feet
increased pain sensitivity
How Does Coconut Oil affect Fibromyalgia?
Some natural health websites claim coconut oil contains a special blend of natural substances that may help lessen symptoms of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome:
1. It may enhance energy levels:
Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids (MCFA). These are healthy saturated fats that are digested differently than ‘regular’ longer chain saturated fats found in fatty meat and dairy products. Studies show medium chain triglycerides can boost fat burning which may provide your body with increased energy.
2. Coconut oil may boost the immune system:
Coconut oil also contains a special fatty acid called lauric acid. It actually provides the building blocks for a powerful antimicrobial called monolaurin. Numerous studies show Monolaurin can kill virus, bacteria, fungi and parasitic protozoas.
Although reports are unsubstantiated, it’s believed that this substance may boost your immune system by fighting off pathogens. You can learn more about Health Benefits of Lauric Acid from Coconut Oil.
Reported Health Claims from using Coconut Oil for Fibromyalgia
There is currently no published medical research on using coconut oil for fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndromes.
Researching through various natural health forums, I did find anecdotal evidence of people claiming they experienced positive results.
The average reported coconut oil dosage ranged from 1 – 4 tablespoons per day.
However, these results are not scientifically verified and you may not experience the same results.
Additional Information for Treating Fibromyalgia
In the ground-breaking book, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, and Lyme Disease (Alternative Medicine Guides), Dr. Lita Lee, Ph.D., of Lowell, Oregon believes coconut oil can be used to treat chronic fatigue patients by stating:
“Medical research on the use of coconut oil for chronic fatigue patients shows it to have an antiviral effect,” she reports. In addition, it is anti-allergenic and antiseptic, promotes thyroid function, regulates blood sugar, and protects mitochondria (the cells’ “energy factories”) against stress injuries. “Coconut oil has gotten a bad rap,” Dr. Lee adds. “It is actually one of the healthiest saturated fats.”
If you suffer from fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, you may find the information in this book helpful in managing your condition.
This guide uses coconut oil for fibromyalgia, along with other non-medicinal treatments.
Although there are no documented medical studies on coconut oil and fibromyalgia, there is a growing movement of people seeking natural alternative treatments to treat and ultimately reverse this disease.
Breakthrough for Pain May be found in your Spice Cabinet!
I recently came across an interesting ingredient called cetyl myristoleate, which is classified as a cetylated fatty acid.
Cetyl myristoleate is a derivative from some types of nutmeg and its primary ingredient is composed of myristic acid.
Myristic acid is fatty acid that just happens to be found in virgin coconut oil.
Webmd.com’s report on cetylated fatty acid claims they could be used in treatments where the body attacks itself, such as lupus, multiple sclerosis and other auto-immune diseases.
One open-pilot study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Environmental Medicine claims it helped reduce pain and cognitive dysfunction in fibromyalgia patients.
A study by Korean researchers showed a formula containing 62.4% cetyl myristoleate was effective at relieving joint in patients with mild arthritis.
Cetyl myristoleate is packaged and marketed under the trademark name Flexcin with CM8.
The reason you may not have heard about CM8 is because it’s a natural substance.
This means it can’t be granted a product patent, so no drug company could claim exclusive rights to it and make billions of dollars from it.
The manufacturers of CM8 claim there are clinical studies involving over 500 patients with various forms of arthritis.
I was unable to find any specific studies in Pubmed.com database on CM8, but I did locate animal and human studies using cetylated fatty acids.
Another product that contains a combination of cetylated fatty acids, including cetyl myristoleate, is called Celadrin.
Both the Flexcin and Celadrin products claim to help reduce inflammation, improve joint pain and enhance range of motion.
If you are considering using coconut oil for fibromyalgia or another type of nutritional supplement, it’s recommended you consult with your health care provider or doctor for further advice.