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 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.
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.
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 remedies are focused on boosting the body's immune system and detoxifying the body to enable it to better fight illnesses like CFS.
- Ginseng this herb has been used for centuries to increase energy and fight fatigue. This herb is very powerful and should be used with caution. When taking an extract, begin with half the recommended dose and gradually increase it until you are taking the amount suggested on the label. Ginseng should not be used if you have high blood pressure, heart disease or hypoglycemia.
- Echinacea this herb fights infection and protects cells from invading viruses and bacteria. It strengthens the immune system. 15 to 20 drops of tincture can be taken in liquid three times per day for two days, or take 300 to 325 mg capsules three times per day.
- Astragalus this herb aids immune function and strengthens white blood cell production. Astragalus should not be used when you have a fever. The usual dose is 150 to 250 mg to be taken three or four times per day.
- Ginkgo biloba this herb is good for improving the circulation and brain function.
- Burdock root, Red clover, Dandelion these three herbs make teas that help to cleanse the blood and improve the immune system. They may be combined in a tea or alternated. Drink 4 to 6 cups per day for the best results.
- Siberian ginseng this herb helps the body to resist stress, fatigue and disease. It increases mental acuity and is a strong antioxidant. When using a standardized extract, take 100 to 200 mg twice a day.
- Goldenseal this herb helps curb infection. If you feel a sore throat coming on, take a few drops of extract, hold it in your mouth for a short time, then swallow. Use goldenseal with caution. Do not use it for more than one week at a time.
- St. John's wort this herb is antiviral and is good for the mild depression that so often accompanies chronic fatigue syndrome. Take 300 mg three times a day.
- Cat's claw this anti-inflammatory herb also boosts the immune system. Please consult a herbalist for dosage.
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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