Fibromyalgia is a syndrome, rather than a disease with a definite cause, which means that it is a condition characterised by a collection of symptoms which may or may not be related. Fibromyalgia means literally pain (algia) in the fibres (fibro) of the muscles (myos). The pain occurs in distinct areas, unlike the generalised aching muscles that you find with chronic fatigue syndrome or calcium deficiency.


These are my suggestions to manage my muscle pain:


Good things to eat include turmeric, ginger, chicken broth and marrowbone soup.
Avoid citrus or acidic fruit, including oranges, grapefruits, lemons, pineapples, kiwis, mangoes and excessive amounts of summer berries: they slow the healing of inflammation and the pain actually increases.
Control stomach acid by avoiding hot, spicy and deep-fried foods, nuts, white wine, champagne, brandy, neat spirits, vinegar, canned products using citric acid as a preservative, and more than 500g vitamin C daily.
It is important to avoid being constipated as it impairs calcium absorption in the colon: calcium deficiency can cause muscular spasm and subsequent pain. Drink one and a half to two litres of still, pure water daily, and if constipation is a problem, take Qurs Mullayan : one at bedtime for two months.


Ease inflammation with my formulation of herbal oils, Joint Oil. Find the sore spots and massage them with a little oil until it is absorbed. Do this daily for a month. lf you can’t reach the area, ask a partner or friend to do it.


Practise therapeutic Iyengar yoga, to stretch the muscles and relax you. The most useful postures for the spine, where the pain is usually located, are the cobra, semi bridge and boat. If you are practising at home, always remember to warm up first.