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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - (CFS)

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a very complicated illness that affects the brain and several systems in the body. It causes severe fatigue that is not helped by rest. It is thought to be related to the immune system. CFS is sometimes refered to as myalgic encephalitist (ME).

Symptoms

Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome may include overwhelming tiredness unrelated to activity and not relieved by sleep. Impaired concentration or short-term memory, sore throat, muscle pain, tender lymph nodes in the neck and under the arms, joint pain without swelling or redness, headaches that feel different from those you've had before, unrestful sleep, a general malaise after physical activity that may last more than 24 hours, bloating, diarrhea, chills, night sweats, nausea, dizziness, brain fog, chronic cough, visual disturbances, allergies, food, chemical and alcohol sensitivities, palpitations and pain in the jaw, eyes or mouth.

Causes

While the true cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown, there seems to be several triggers that combine in the case of this syndrome, including viral infections, immune dysfunction, hormone imbalances, stress, toxins and nutrient deficiencies.

A close friend of mine who worked shift-work and very irregular hours gradually became more and more tired because of his constantly changing routine. His body simply couldn't cope with the constant changes that it was being asked to adapt to. Evenyually he quit his job and slowly regained his fitness again.

Cautions

This can be such a debilitating illness that herbal treatments alone are probably not going to be sufficient to cure the problem. You should seek medical advice to make sure you do not have a more serious disease.

Herbal Treatments

Herbal remedies are focused on boosting the body's immune system and detoxifying the body to enable it to better fight illnesses like CFS.

Internal Applications

Aromatherapy

Many essential oils can be used either in a relaxing bath, massage or vaporiser. Blends including geranium, lavender, orange, rose and peppermint are particularly popular.

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