Cayce Health Database
OVERVIEW OF 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 symptoms.
According 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
From a medical perspective, the cause of fibromyalgia
is unknown, researchers have several theories about causes or triggers
of the disease. 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.
Fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose because many
of the symptoms mimic those of other diseases. 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 disease. 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.
Treatment of 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. Fibromyalgia patients may benefit
from a combination of exercise, medication, physical therapy, and relaxation.
(National Institutes of Health)
EDGAR CAYCE'S PERSPECTIVE ON FIBROMYALGIA
According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders,
Inc.(NORD), a division of the National Institutes of Health, the syndrome
presently called fibromyalgia has been known by many names over the years.
During Edgar Cayce's era it was commonly called muscular rheumatism. Several
individuals with this diagnosis received readings on their condition.
For example, reading 5233-1 was given for a seventy-nine-year-old
man who was suffering from muscular rheumatism:
(Q) What can be done for muscular rheumatism?
(A) We have just been describing what should be done for the
general system and this includes those activities also. Do these
things indicated and the conditions where there is the effect to heart,
liver, lungs and kidneys will be improved; which all are a part of the
general conditions here. (5233-1)
Note the references to the heart, liver, lungs, and
kidneys. Edgar Cayce often referred to these vital organs as the
"hepatic system." Thus the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia
were linked to the functioning of these organs.
The liver and kidneys are primary detoxifiers of the
body. Systemic toxicity usually involve these organs.
Systemic toxicity is one of the most frequently cited causative factors
in the Cayce readings for persons suffering from muscle and joint pain.
Treatment recommendation for this man included colonic
irrigations, fume baths and massage, and mild laxatives. The emphasis
was clearly on internal cleansing to decrease the toxicity of the body.
Reading 3255-1 was given for a sixty-four-year-old
woman suffering from fibromyalgia. Systemic toxicity and hepatic
system involvement were also noted in her reading:
This is what might ordinarily be called a condition
wherein the general taxation has run down the battery for the body; that
is, the toxic forces in the body have become excessive. Thus there
are pains in the arms, or shoulders at times, in the back, through the
lower limbs and through the abdominal area. All of these come and
go, dependent upon how well and how thoroughly the eliminations are in
the body, and as to whether in the diet the body keeps the general physical
forces alkaline or allows the greater portion to become acid. Then
we have those reflexes that cause some disturbance with the heart, with
the kidneys and with the liver. These all arise from toxic forces
that affect naturally (for, as the body battery is) heart, liver, lungs
and kidneys. These must coordinate. When they do not, some
portion of it is going to revert. (3255-1)
The Edgar Cayce readings consistently maintain that
the liver and kidneys serve as the "batteries of the body." The
liver is said to be the positive pole of the battery, the kidneys the
negative. Thus, when the liver and kidneys are deficient in their
functioning, the body's battery may be said to have run down. Fatigue
and low vitality are the result. These features are common in people
Note the emphasis on maintaining a proper alkaline/acid
balance. Keeping the system slightly alkaline was encouraged by
Edgar Cayce. The standard diet recommended by Cayce is helpful in
this direction. This woman was told to obtain colonic irrigations,
fume baths and massage, and to use a mild laxative. Thus, internal
cleansing was a major emphasis in the treatment plan for this person.
Readings 1655-1 and 1655-2 provide further documentation
on the causes and treatment of fibromyalgia. Most likely, fibromyalgia
can be produced by a variety of factors. One pattern is that the
individuals suffer a prolonged episode of the flu or other infectious
disorder from which they never fully recover. Edgar Cayce described
this pattern in reading 1655-1:
Some time back there were those conditions produced
by an intestinal flu; and the condition produced in the ascending colon,
and in the areas of the caecum as well as those farther up - or as related
to the emptying of the duodenum; and also from inflammatory conditions
- the right ovary.
All of these have produced and do produce the conditions
where a neuritic, rheumatic effect has existed; and the effects of the
poison, and the pressures upon the tissue through the area and the activity
of same upon the organs of assimilation, are the seat and the cause of
All of these are the disturbances through the activities
for this body. While, through care and attention, these do not produce
so much disturbance, we find that at times - with the lack of proper eliminations,
and overactivity mentally OR physically - the body tends to tire easily.
Also a reaction is caused from the lack of the full eliminations; as does
cold or congestion of any nature; upsetting the digestive system as well
as the activities of the organs of the pelvis during Periods; and the
general tired and headachey feeling, with an aching all over when there
are disturbances. (1655-1)
The mental/emotional aspects of the condition were
addressed in the second reading for this woman:
(Q) Is part of my seeming illness mental?
(A) The attitude, of course, has much to do; but it is rather
the physical condition creating the mental. But make for more hopeful,
more helpful, more constructive thinking - and this would improve the
general condition much. (1655-2)
The treatment plan for this person recommended moderate
outdoor exercise and a basic diet with emphasis on fruits and vegetables.
Manual therapy (spinal manipulations) was suggested relieve pressures
along the spine and improve functioning of the hepatic and digestive systems.
Castor oil packs were recommended to assist with eliminations and relax
the body. A ginseng tonic to assist with digestion and eliminations
was prescribed. Minute dosages of beef juice was recommended to
OVERVIEW OF THERAPEUTIC REGIMEN
The treatments recommended in the Cayce readings on
fibromyalgia are mainly directed toward improving the digestive, circulatory,
nervous, and eliminating systems. Diet, moderate exercise, a mild
form of energy medicine (Radial Appliance), spinal manipulations and general
massage, colon irrigation, and castor oil packs are therapies intended
to improve these vital systemic functions. As was typical of Cayce's
holistic approach, the mental and spiritual aspects of therapy were emphasized.
Here are the basic therapies recommended for the treatment
of fibromyalgia based on the Cayce information on this disorder:
- INTERNAL CLEANSING: Hydrotherapy includes drinking six to
eight glasses of pure water daily, colonic irrigations (preferably)
or enemas, and a cleansing diet of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Castor oil packs across the abdomen are recommended
to improve eliminations through the liver and colon. Mild laxatives
may be helpful if constipation is a problem. Fume baths assist
with elimination of toxins through the skin.
- MANUAL THERAPY (SPINAL MANIPULATION AND MASSAGE): Osteopathic or
chiropractic treatment is recommended to relieve any pressures that
may be hindering circulation and decreasing eliminations. Gentle
massage is suggested to relax the body and improve circulation and
- DIET: The Basic Cayce Diet is intended to improve assimilation
and elimination. The diet focuses heavily on keeping a proper
alkaline/acid balance while avoiding foods which produce toxicity
and drain the system. Essentially, the diet consists mainly
of fruits and vegetables while avoiding fried foods and refined carbohydrates
("junk food"). Certain food combinations are emphasized.
- ENERGY MEDICINE: In addition to the above therapies which will
tend to improve circulation, the Radial Appliance is recommended to
further assist in increasing relaxation and nervous system coordination.
Edgar Cayce said that this appliance would be helpful for anyone having
problems with disturbed sleep and fatigue.
- MEDICINE: A ginseng tonic is recommended to improve digestion and
eliminations. Small dosages of beef juice are recommended for
persons who experience significant fatigue and lack of vitality.
- MODERATE EXERCISE: Walking or other moderate
exercise is recommended. Be outdoors in the open as much as
- ATTITUDES AND EMOTIONS: The mental and emotional aspects of healing
are frequently discussed in the Cayce readings. Particularly,
an attitude of desiring and expecting to be healed is important.
A positive mental and emotional attitude and can be created and maintained
by focusing on a high purpose (ideal) for being healed.
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health