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Soap-scented oil skin patch in the treatment of fibromyalgia: A case series

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Published 8 September 2008 Volume 2008:1 Pages 59—62


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Yon Doo Ough

Department of Anesthesiology, Beloit Memorial Hospital, Beloit, WI, USA

Abstract: Treatment for fibromyalgia is largely empiric and supportive, and favors a multidisciplinary approach. Despite treatment, symptomatic relief is often inadequate and temporary. Over 90% of fibromyalgia patients seek alternative medical care. There is much anecdotal evidence that applying a bar of soap to the skin can relieve leg cramps. Expanding on this idea, I created a skin patch from soap-scented oil, which was used to treat muscular pain and spasms. After receiving positive feedback from several patients, I hypothesized that the scent of the oil itself, applied directly to the skin, is responsible for the pain-relieving and muscle-relaxant properties of the skin patch. Furthermore, I hypothesize that this soap-scented oil skin patch is an effective treatment for the pain associated with fibromyalgia.

Keywords: fibromyalgia, headache, soap-scented oil skin patch

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