Homeopathic remedies for chronic fatigue syndrome
by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR
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Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a poorly understood chronic disorder. Signs and symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome include:
•Severe fatigue that comes on suddenly
•Low-grade fever (100.4oF) and chills
•Sore throat and swollen glands
•Muscle and joint aches
•Feeling of being in a fog and unable to concentrate or remember
Although the cause is unknown, some speculate that a virus may be responsible. Risk factors include extreme stress or anxiety, and poor eating habits.
It's important to undergo an extensive workup to exclude other conditions that can mimic CFS.
It is important to get emotional support. Treatment for symptoms includes antidepressants and drugs to boost the immune system. Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs help relieve muscle and joint aches. Support groups and stress-management techniques can help you to cope with the disease.
Medications that are sometimes prescribed include:
•Antidepressants can reduce fatigue, muscle tension, or insomnia;
•Benzodiazepines—help reduce anxiety;
•Immune system boosters—to activate or enhance the immune system;
Herbs and homeopathic remedies have been touted to alleviate the debilitating symptoms of CFS and improve overall vitality. Counseling, support groups, meditation, yoga, and progressive muscle relaxation are stress-management techniques that may help as well.
Recommendations by some include avoiding refined foods, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, saturated fats, dairy products, and gluten-containing grains. Foods that may help are fresh vegetables, legumes, whole grains (non-gluten), protein, and essential fatty acids (found in nuts, seeds, and cold-water fish).
Although not proven, the following supplements may help reduce symptoms of CFS.
•Beta-carotene (50,000 IU per day) to strengthen immune function.
•Vitamin C (250 to 500 mg two times per day) to increase endurance.
•B-complex (50 to 100 mg per day or 2 ml by injection one to two times per week) with additional B6 (100 mg per day) and B5 (100 to 250 mg per day) to reduce the effects of stress.
•Pantothenic acid (4 to 7 mg per day).
•Magnesium aspartate (400 to 1,000 mg per day) to support energy production.
•L-carnitine (330 mg one to three times per day) to support energy production in the cells.
Herbs may be used as dried extracts (capsules, powders, teas), glycerine extracts, or tinctures.
A tincture of Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus), schizandra berry (Schizandra chinensis), ashwaganda root (Withania somnifera), gotu kola (Centella asiatica), and astragalus root (Astragalus membranaceus) has been used by some.
Herbs that support overall vitality and relieve exhaustion include licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra), lomatium root (Lomatium dissectum), skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora), passionflower (Passiflora incarnata), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), and rosemary leaf (Rosmarinus officinalis).
Essential oils of jasmine, peppermint, and rosemary are calming and restorative and may be used in aromatherapy.
The appropriate homeopathic treatment for CFS depends on the individual's constitutional type.
Some remedies commonly used by professional homeopaths to treat CFS include:
•Arsenicum -- for restlessness and fatigue
•Gelsemium -- for mental exhaustion
•Pulsatilla -- for emotional lability
•Sulphur -- for fatigue
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