Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that includes long-term, body
wide pain in the muscles and connective tissues. This
characteristic pain may be accompanied by fatigue,
headaches, and difficulty with sleep, anxiety, and
depression. Females in the age group 20 to 50 are the
most likely to suffer from fibromyalgia.
A definite cause has not yet been identified but research
shows that those that suffer might have a difference in the
central nervous system that makes them more sensitive to
pain. Some suggest this difference in the CNS could
have been as a result of childhood stress or prolonged
periods of stress. Others suggest that physical or
emotional trauma may trigger the syndrome.
Since there are no definite abnormalities with a physical
exam some physicians consider it controversial to diagnose
the symptoms as fibromyalgia. The National Institutes
of Health and the American College of Rheumatology disagree
and the latter suggests a test involving nine paired tender
points on the body. The points are located:
1. At the back of the neck behind the ear, where the neck
muscles attach to the base of the skull.
2. About halfway
between the base of the neck and the tip of the shoulder.
3. At the spot
where the back muscles attach to the shoulder blade.
4. On the front
of the neck above the collarbone.
5. Just to the
right and left of the breastbone (sternum) about 2 in. below
6. On each
forearm just below and to the outside of the crease of the
7. Just above and
to the outside of each buttock.
8. On the outer
upper leg just behind the bony part of the hip (this point
is easier to find when standing).
9. On the inside
of each knee.
The guidelines are that when these tender points are
pressed and if eleven or more have pain it is a clear
diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
Is Fibromyalgia an autoimmune
Although some suggest fibromyalgia is an autoimmune
disease many experts say that it is not. Here is an
opinion given by Anne Hillebrand (11/8/2006) on
"An autoimmune disease is one in which the immune system
mistakes its own tissues for non-self tissue and makes an
inappropriate attack. These diseases can affect the tissue
which bind body tissues and organs together, nerves,
muscles, endocrine system (system that directs your body’s
hormones and other chemicals), and digestive system.
From all I can tell, Fibromyalgia is not a case of
the body doing something it should not do. It is a case of
the body failing to do something it should do.
What it is failing to do is produce and control correct
amounts of Hyaluronidase, an enzyme. This enzyme should be
determining the correct viscosity of a chemical called
Hyaluronan (formerly called Hyaluronic Acid).
You think of this as the clear fluids throughout your
body. Saliva, vaginal lubrication, synovial fluid and yes,
the clear fluids that are supposed to be keeping your eyes
moist. It is produced at the end of your arterial
capillaries, should rinse, lubricate and feed all the cells
and then pass into the lymphatic capillaries to be cleaned
and returned. In Fibromyalgia, the clear fluid is not moving
correctly. It is too thick and cannot leave the body tissue
and go out through the lymphatic capillaries."
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
Balance, Citrus Bliss, Deep BlueC, Elevation,
HelichrysumC, Lemon, MelaleucaC,
OreganoC. Serenity, Zendocrine
Essential oils based
products: Life Long Vitality supplements,
GX Assist, PB Assist, Zendocrine Detoxification
Aroma Touch technique, BasilC, LavenderC,
MarjoramC, Peppermint, ThymeEC,
understand the E and C superscript go to Home and
scroll to New Helps.
see also general suggestions for
Here is a summary of the experiences that others have
had. As with many health concerns fibromyalgia is best
helped on multiple levels. Experiences include help
for pain, cleansing, strengthening the immune system,
building nutritional balance, and emotional support.
Couple these with the possibility that many have used
prescription medication and the transition or addition of
oils may require patience to find a proper balance.
PAIN: Deep Blue, AromaTouch and
other specific oils applied topically to specific points of
discomfort. Also using the Aroma Touch Technique on a
frequent and consistent basis.
NUTRITIONAL BALANCE: Almost everyone insists that using
nutritional supplements such as DoTERRA
Life Long Vitality
supplements are a must. Additionally eliminate harmful
foods and habits.
CELLULAR SUPPORT & HEALING: 8 drops or 1
capsule of DDR Prime 2 times per day. 2
-3 drops of Frankincense 2 - 4 times daily under the tongue
or internally with a spoonful of honey or in a capsule.
STRENGTHENING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM: A major component
of the AromaTouch Technique mentioned previously is the application of essential
oils and blends to assist in building strength in the body’s
immune system. Beyond this commonly recommended is the doTerra product,
PB Assist (ProBiotics), designed to support
healthy digestive functions and immunities.
CLEANSING: Both a liver and Candida
Cleanse are mentioned.
Liver - DoTERRA
Zendocrine Detoxification Complex and
addresses the liver, kidneys, bowels and skin. see
Gastrointestinal - The theory that a root cause of
autoimmune disorders is Candida is detailed in autoimmune
disorders. To address Candida use the GX Assist cleanse
Detoxification. Note that some with autoimmune disorders
are particularly sensitive and should start this cleanse
with 1 GX capsule daily for 2 days, if no skin or digestive
reactions increase to 2 capsules for 2 days and then if no
reactions to the prescribed 3 per day.
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT: These types of health concerns
can take an emotional toll on folks so using essential oils
and blends to relieve depression,
stress, anger and/or to calm nerves is
also very helpful.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
EverythingEssential Google Group.
Our thanks to:
- I just want to share that since
using doTERRA products (LLV, GX/PB Assist
multiple times, Terrazyme, plus various
oils) for the last 8 months I have
essentially been brain fog free. Yahoo!
I have had fibromyalgia for about 11 years,
and have been plagued with the nasty fog for
most of those years, despite spending
millions on all sorts of herbs and potions
from my Naturopath. (Those other
products definitely did help, but nothing
has been able to shift it like doTERRA has!)
At times the fog was debilitating, agonizing
just being awake, but of course no one can
sleep 24/7. At my worst I had scary
episodes like the time I couldn't remember
how to spell my own son's name (four letters
long!), and the time I had a near miss in
the car when I couldn't remember which
peddle was the brake and which was the
accelerator - and not just for an instant,
but repeatedly all the way home for 10 very
But I am happy to say those days are behind
me! It only took about 10 days for the
shift, and it's now been 8 months of clear
thinking! I feel like I have "ME"
back, and am now able to focus and
concentrate for long hours without a
problem, and no headaches! For
example, I did 17 hours work on the computer
over the last 2 days and my head stayed
clear and pain free the entire time - a
miracle! This would have been
impossible in times past.
Along with this, doTERRA has also given me
relief from terrible digestion, which I had
suffered with for years. For months
before starting doTERRA I had gut
pain/bloating 24/7 from everything I ate
(despite taking enzymes and HCL from my
Naturopath), so couldn't enjoy eating at
all, yet had to eat due to being
hypoglycemic. Now I have had 8 months
of great digestion! Yippee!
Which is kind of not surprising, as I have
since learned that digestion and brain fog
are usually linked.
Needless to say I am so grateful for doTERRA
and for my wonderful doctor who introduced
me to the products. Happy days
Sally - Hi Belinda, Please post or
attach the protocol here. That would be a help to many. I
think many people are experiencing what you have
experienced. What a powerful testimony.
(Editorial note: plus lots of other requests to see the
Belinda – Hi, I've attached the protocol
given to me by my doctor. Helen, his name is Dr Ismail,
but I live in Perth Australia so I'm guessing he is
probably a little too far away for you? Hope it helps.
DoTERRA Supplement Usage Recommendations
Days 1-10 *
• Lifelong Vitality Pack (LLV) - as
directed (i.e. Alpha CRS, xEO Mega and Microplex – 2 caps of
each with breakfast, and 2 caps of each with dinner. Best to
take mid-meal instead of at the end of the meal (to avoid
the possibility of caps repeating on you).
• GX Assist - Take 1 capsule with a
meal on Day 1, then build to 3 caps a day (one at each meal)
over the following day or two (continue taking 3 caps a day
till Day 10).
• Terrazyme - 1 capsule 3 x per day
with food – at start of meal or mid meal.
• Lemon Oil – minimum of 2-3 drops
in a glass of water 3 x daily (can drink more lemon oil and
water than this if you wish – 10-12 drops lemon oil a day is
good). Remember to use a glass, ceramic or stainless steel
container to drink your lemon water from – NO PLASTIC!
• Frankincense – 4 drops under
tongue 2 x daily
• Balance Blend – rub 1-2 drops
under soles of feet each morning
* Please note that you may experience nausea, tiredness,
headaches etc. during the first 10 days. This is normal and
• Lifelong Vitality Pack (LLV) as
• PB Assist – Take 1 capsule 3 x
daily for 5 days, then stay on 1 – 2 caps a day
• Terrazyme – 1 cap 3 x daily with
• Lemon Oil – minimum 3 drops in
water 3 x daily (up to 12 drops a day)
• Frankincense – 4 drops under
tongue 2 x daily
• Balance Blend – rub 1-2 drops
under soles of feet each morning
Repeat Month 1 as above and add:
• Zendocrine Caps – 1 cap with
breakfast, 1 cap with dinner
• Slim and Sassy Metabolic Blend –
start with 3 drops 3 x daily (in glass of water, or can shot
glass it or take drops under tongue and wash down with
water). Build up to 3-5 drops 3-5 x daily (maximum 25 drops
* Highly beneficial to also use Calming Oils/Blends for
stress throughout the day... such as Lavender, Serenity,
Whisper, Balance etc.
Jessica - I have a
friend who was just diagnosed with a condition in which the
body starts to produce antibodies that actually attack the
body. I don't know what it is called but it sounds bad. Is
anyone familiar with what I am describing? From what she
described, I recommended the lifelong vitality pack to start
along with a couple of oils for the symptoms. Any info would
Diane - Is there a particular part of
her body being attacked, or is it her entire body?Either
way, it's an autoimmune disorder. One of the best ways she
can try to stop this is to stop eating dairy foods, grains
and legumes as these have lectins (a particular type of
protein) that can bind with almost any type of tissue in our
body, and we can't digest them and break them down. Because
of this, they increase intestinal permeability (leaky gut
syndrome), allowing partially digested food proteins and
fragments of gut bacteria to get into our bloodstream, some
of which are very similar in composition to our body's
cells. Our immune system tries to attack the invaders, but
attacks the other cells as well because it gets confused by
the similarities. Using citrus oils and some of our other
protocols might also help, but diet is going to be key in
Kathy - There is a group of illnesses
called "autoimmune disorders" where the immune system
attacks the body’s own organs and tissues. They include
multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and
other less common ones such as scleroderma. I would
treat for candida…GX Assist followed by PB Assist to start.
I would also look at my diet and eliminate vinegar and malt
(which includes barley malt and maltodextrin) to start.
Cory - Oils high in monoterpenes would
be good because they will re-progam the cells so that they
stop fighting each other - Grapefruit, Frankincense, Cypress
are at the top of the list.
Gin (a separate comment) - I take PB
Assist daily. I've taken a probiotic daily for years. My doc
recommends it to all her fibromyalgia patients. Most
autoimmune disease sufferers and those with chronic candida
benefit from taking it daily. The nice thing is that it
can't hurt. For kids, one a day.
Lisa - Has
anyone had success with doTERRA Essential Oils and
Fibromyalgia? If so, please share the details. Thanks!
Pat - I have seen great success
using essential oils for Fibromyalgia. [The main one that
should assist in this condition is the Candida Cleanse.
Dr. Hill stated that auto immune disease's can be helped
by taking the following blend:
5 drops of Lemon
· 5 drops of
· 3 drops on
Put into a gel cap and take internally once a day for
thirty days, rest two weeks and repeat the procedure.]
Editorial note: this is not replaced with the GX
Assist/PB Assist cleanse, see
Also go on the Life Long Wellness pack and be prepared
for some wonderful changes. The PB Assist will also help
to build your immune system.
Pat - Mix one 15 ml bottle each of
Lemon and Melaleuca and 2/3rd of a 15ml bottle of
Oregano in a 2 oz amber glass bottle with a dripper top.
Add one squeeze (about 20-25 drops) of the dripper into
a size 00 capsule and take each morning until bottle is
gone. Also take the nutrition and stay away from "bad"
Nicole - I have had several people
start taking the Lifelong Wellness Pack that have
Fibromyalgia and they have had great results. I would
suggest also taking the supplements for sure!
Anonymous - When you
are doing the Candida Cleanse, are you supposed to take
the capsules at a different time than the
Wellness capsules or is it okay to take them at the same
Pat - You can take them together.
They suggest that if you are taking the PB Assist that
you do not take them at the same time as the Candida
Cleanse. You can do it the same day just at different
times. As for the LLW and Candida, it seems to be fine.
I however did my LLW and then a couple hours later I
would take the Candida Cleanse blend. Some say it
doesn't matter, but I do not have enough knowledge to
make that decision so I space it a couple of hours.
Kathy - Because Fibromyalgia may be
linked to a deficiency of trace minerals and natural
supplements; I would get on the LW supplements right
away. Deep Blue will help with pain issues as well
as Aroma Touch – place wherever there is pain or
discomfort. You can add additional Marjoram to
enhance the analgesic benefits. I would personally
make a salve using VCO, or you can use another carrier
to facilitate the massage.
A weekly, intense, stimulating, aligning massage to
the spine has been effective for some folks with
Fibromyalgia. Consider for oils Balance and
Elevation for aligning and depression.
I would also search for a blend or oil for relieving
stress and anger, bringing peace and contentment.
Consider Peppermint and Frankincense using cup and
Finally, help her find someone with a sympathetic
hand and loving, understanding touch to be consistent in
Rob - People who are consistently on
the lifetime wellness and have fibromyalgia or other
chronic pain are beginning to recognize that their
symptoms are dissipating. I would for sure consider
AromaTouch, Deep Blue, Marjoram, Frankincense and others
essential oils depending on specific symptoms. The
axiom that rings most true for people with fibromyalgia
is; "essential oils, everyday in every way"
Consider DigestZen, Peppermint or Ginger to control
nausea. Use your intuition, and let your body tell you
what oils is best for you.
Mysti - What
oils work the best for Fibromyalgia? I'm thinking a
combo of AromaTouch, Deep Blue and Balance. Any
Julie Ann - I have seen success by
starting off on the liver cleanse...1 drop Peppermint,
1drop Lemon in 1 Tbsp of fresh Lemon juice with
approximately 2-3 ozs of water every morning FIRST
thing. Your liver is capable of 732 functions daily and
with Fibromyalgia a toxic liver is a sign of a toxic
body. ASAP the LLW program with the Aroma
Touch oils and technique. I then add a 40-minute
detoxification bath using Lavender, Wild Orange or
Serenity for the soothing aspect they bring. If they
will get the acidity out and alkalinity in, their
problems will ease and over time go away.
Chris - I have not heard of this cleanse
before. How long do you do this?
Julie Ann - I have been doing it for
years. I had a very toxic liver with a pain in my upper
back which was not a backache. Come to find out it
was the pressure point for the liver. I had a test
done which showed my liver was extremely toxic with
numbers off the charts. I started on the liver cleanse
and within 3 months my liver had improved over 700%.
The doctor was astounded. He said he had never
seen such an improvement and asked what was I doing? It
was just this simple liver cleanse. I have been in the
natural field for 27 years and sometimes the simple
things are the most potent. The detoxification
baths are absolutely vital if someone is going to get
well. The sicker they are the more baths they
take. I tell others to take one every day if they have
serious issues. I myself did away with a breast tumor
that was 3 inches long, 2 inches wide, and 2 1/2 inches
deep in 8 weeks to the day I started the daily
detoxification baths and using the essential oils on it.
Brooke - I have
a good friend whose husband (about 37) has been in a ton
of pain for about 2 years. Many times his feet
hurt so bad he cannot go to work. His overall
health has really been suffering as well. He has
had multiple tests - everything from Diabetes, Gout,
Lupus, Crones, etc. to try to figure out what is wrong -
and has tried several different drugs to help, but so
far - nothing has. It has really taken its toll on
him and his family.
I have talked briefly about
essential oils with them, but they are skeptical, since
'nothing else' has really worked - and money for them is
really tight. I keep thinking if he did a cleanse,
and used some specific oils, we could really help him,
but I want to be able to go to them with other people's
testimonials - so he can see it's not just coming from
Any suggestions or testimonials
would be appreciated. Thank you so much!
Julie Ann - Go and give him an Aroma
Touch Massage just on the feet. Let him feel
the difference for himself. This ALWAYS works for
me.....skeptics no more!
Pat - I agree with Julie Ann,
showing is better than talking about essential oils.
Annie - I spent 10 years with
varying kinds of "issues" from kidneys trying to shut
down, to tests for Lupus (negative), unexplained weight
gain, then finally a diagnosis of "Fibromyalgia".
The problem was it didn't STOP at fibromyalgia, I broke
my arm and it wouldn't heal etc..... At one point
a Dr. looked me right in the eye and told me I was a
hypochondriac!!! Thankfully, I had the support of
my family, however, living in chronic pain for sooooo
long and trying to raise 4 children and participate in
their lives and not being able to be who I was finally
took its toll. I was prompted by the spirit to
call a Naturopathic Doctor I had seen off and on for
many, many years and hadn't ever given him a shot at my
situation, I called him in desperation and told them I
was suicidal. He stopped with his patient right
then and there and called me back. We talked for a
bit and he convinced me to come in for another "test", I
was hesitant but agreed. It wasn't cheap, as he
put it "I'm going to cast a very big net and see what
fish we catch" Well, I was sooo deficient in Human
Growth Hormone he was surprised I had made it this far
AND I had plastics poisoning! We began HgH
replacement therapy and began an aggressive detox
program. He wasn't much of a believer in EO's but I
insisted on using them along the way as well. I
don't remember anymore all the ones I used, but I never,
ever drank water without Lemon and there was an oil for
liver support that I rubbed over my liver 3 times a day.
I used multiple oils from another company (this was
before doTerra) for hormone balancing, on my feet every
morning and every night. I used our home sauna
(which we invested in after my husband had a heart
attack and 5 way by-pass) every other day and stayed in
it until I sweated profusely having drank a very large
glass of water with Lemon and taking 1000 grams of
Vitamin C and 5 or 6 essential fatty acid caps first.
The Doctor had me on various Thorne brand supplements
for detoxing as well.
I won't say it was a quick fix, it's been 4 years and
we're still at it (with far less aggression to be sure)
AND I am healthier than I can remember being in a very,
very long time. I have no more fibromyalgia
symptoms, unless I am exposed to some kind of chemical
or automotive fumes etc. And then all I do is ramp
it up with my supplements/oils and get in the sauna.
I will be taking HgH supplementation the rest of my life
and Vitamin D therapy, as well as B-12 shots. I'm
ok with that. My quality of life has improved
So in closing, I would go into detail about all I
did, but truly, I think this kind of situation needs to
be tailored to the individual. My husband had lead and
mercury poisoning so his detox was very different from
mine the only think that was the same between us is
Lemon water, vitamins, minerals and LOTS OF ESSENTIAL
FATTY ACIDS and the sauna, everything else was tailored
differently. If I was trying to counsel someone in
my shape, who had no way of paying for the tests and
Doctor’s help, I would muscle test, muscle test and pray
and help them to develop their intuition to get things
going. I would get them on the DoTERRA wellness
pack, Lemon water, NO CAFFINE, no fake sugars, and
eliminate as many ingested and exposure toxins as they
are possibly aware of.
I know my body now, if I start to get a little
headache, I stop and look around, what could I be
breathing or smelling that could be toxic? Can I
remove myself? Get some purify on the tip of my
nose and get moving away from the source, because I
know, that's my first signal. It's kind of sad
that my body had to get my attention with soooo much
pain before I was willing to say "Hey, I can take
responsibility for this".
P.S. A positive affirmation I said constantly
was this: I want to feel better, nothing is more
important to me than that I feel good, So it is my
intent to think thoughts, speak words and do things that
harmonize with that which feels good to me!
Heidi - Since
joining dōTERRA and expanding my health horizons, I have
learned that most auto-immune diseases are caused by candida
over-growth. I am wondering where I might find some
research to send to my loved ones with auto-immune diseases
to reinforce this knowledge? RA and Lupus in particular.
Charly - I would be quite careful in
that characterization. I have an autoimmune disease called
mixed connective tissue disease. This autoimmune disease
includes several different diseases including lupus,
rheumatoid arthritis, reynauds, scleroderma, fibromyalgia
and other goodies. It is definitely not caused by Candida,
and is detectable as an actual marker in the blood that is
genetic. While I am sure there are many autoimmune diseases
that can be attributed to Candida in terms of flareups, it
is a little bit broad to say that it is caused by Candida. I
have heard this many times, and it always makes me a bit
Sharon - And while candida is often
promoted as a "cause" it is actually a side effect of a poor
immune system and/or toxicity. We all have candida
bacteria and need it but it is only when it goes out of
balance that there is a problem.
Anne - I heartily agree that it does
dōTERRA a dis-service to make sweeping generalizations about
causes and cures in the definitive. Just as allopathic
medicine really has few definitives on this class of
illnesses and their treatment, alternative therapies have
similar potential for benefit. The huge plus is that EOs
have yet to be shown to have the same long list of negative
side effects that many allopathic treatments have... I've
been thrilled to reduce many and even eliminate daily need
for a couple of my medications, but EOs alone are not enough
for my condition. I wish modern medicine would incorporate
"alternatives" to pharmaceuticals into the standard of care
rather than the two be seen as such opposites in an
Belma - Hi Heidi. While I think it is
wonderful that you want to share doTERRA info with your
loved ones, I have to agree with the other ladies who've
commented. I cringe whenever someone tells me that they have
the cure for my MS, or my daughter's Lupus. I love that you
want to help the people you care about who have auto-immune
disorders. DoTERRA oils and supplements definitely do help
with the symptoms. However our diseases are not caused by
candida. I feel very uncomfortable whenever I see this
brought up. It’s a piece of it and perhaps a
misunderstanding that gets shared. I would agree that
inflammation is an issue with both Lupus and MS. I've had MS
for over 26 years, and my daughter was diagnosed with Lupus
four years ago. My hope would be that you would share with
those you love, that dōTERRA oils and supplements can
possibly improve their quality of life. Frankincense and
Peppermint sure have made an amazing difference for me! Our
bodies are all different and even those of us who have the
same diagnosis, many times do not have the same issues or
symptoms. So the same oils or supplements may not work
exactly in the same way for each of us. But it is so worth
it to explore what might help. I applaud you for
wanting to help those people in your life with auto-immune
disorders! Please do understand that. I suggest that you
present this information to them by saying that inflammation
is commonly caused by candida, and dōTERRA has ways to help
with that. You might also find out what their specific
issues are and then recommend which oils would help.