Fibromyalgia is a long-term or chronic disorder associated with widespread pain in the muscles and bones, areas of tenderness, and general fatigue. Celafen isn’t a fibromyalgia cure but it can help ease the pain as it contains certain fatty acids that studies show have a particular anti-inflammatory effect on swollen joints (*1-5).
Celafen contains the ingredient celadrin, a group of cetylated fatty acids (CFA’s), which are naturally occurring fats. They include cetyl myristoleate, cetyl myristate, cetyl palmitoleate, cetyl laureate, cetyl palmitate, and cetyl oleate.
Many recent studies have proved that applying creams containing these cetylated fatty acids directly to painful and swollen joints can have an anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effect.
There is some evidence to suggest that cetylated fatty acids, may help inhibit platelet aggregation via aspirin-like effects as well as inhibition of ADP receptor.
If combined with menthol, which is another ingredient in Celafen, the effects are faster and more profound.
Treatments for Fibromyalgia are rarely limited to just one and there’s no single ‘wonder’ cure. It often requires a period of trial and error and a combination of treatments to manage the pain.
However, many sufferers do not feel comfortable and suffer unpleasant side effects from the complex combinations of medicated pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications prescribed for the condition. Looking for alternatives to at least reduce the amount of medications needed to cope with the pain is a principle aim for most fibromyalgia sufferers.
Famous fibromyalgia sufferers are the singer and song writer Lady Gaga, the acclaimed actor Morgan Freeman and the Irish singer Sinead O’Connor.
Celafen is helpful for fibromyalgia sufferers who are looking for non-mediated means to help managed their pain and reduce their reliance on painkillers. Its not the answer to all the problems experienced by fibromyalgia sufferers, but the vast majority of people using it for the condition find that it helps significantly ease the pain and allows them to reduce their medicated pain killers to some degree.
Topical application of celadrin has been shown to be very fast acting on pain and inflammation. Studies have proved positive effects within 30 minutes of application to effected areas.
UK charity Arthritis UK says” The exact ways that CFAs work in treating musculoskeletal conditions haven’t been formally studied. It’s been proposed that they may have a lubricant effect on joints. They may improve your body’s production of prostaglandins (hormone-like substances that regulate your immune system and fight joint inflammation).”
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July 2011 Volume 15, Issue 3, Pages 363–374Deepak Sharan, MS (Ortho.), DNB (Ortho.), M Sc (Ortho. Eng), Dip (Ortho. & Rehab.)’Correspondence information about the author MS (Ortho.), DNB (Ortho.), M Sc (Ortho. Eng), Dip (Ortho. & Rehab.) Deepak SharanEmail the author MS (Ortho.), DNB (Ortho.), M Sc (Ortho. Eng), Dip (Ortho. & Rehab.) Deepak Sharan, Biju Nirmal Jacob, BPT, MPT (Ortho.), P.S. Ajeesh, BPT, MPT (Ort