Chronic Fatigue Syndrome • Natural home remedies
Any syndrome is a collection of symptoms that consistently occur together. If a diagnosis cannot connect extreme fatigue to any underlying medical condition, it becomes a candidate for the designation of CFS.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
In order to be called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, four or more of the following symptoms must be present:
- Enlarged lymph nodes in neck or armpits
- Exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after exercise
- Loss of memory or concentration
- Poor quality of sleep
- Sore throat
- Unexplained muscle or joint pain
The NCBI reports 71.34 per 1000,000 persons with this condition.
Your doctor would develop an individual plan to treat your symptoms. Possibilities include drug therapy, stress reduction, lifestyle changes, vitamin supplementation.
There are things you can try at home to improve your condition.
A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against disease and inflammation. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, and quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent nutrition plan.
FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING
- Bone Broth
- Raw garlic
FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID
- All inflammatory foods
- Processed foods of any kind
- Processed sugars
- Trans fats
TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS
While teas with caffeine have useful compounds for the CFS sufferer, it is best to consume them early in the day so they do not interfere with a good night’s sleep. Try two cups a day and see if that helps. More might help some of your symptoms but then you might have other problems from too much caffeine.
- Black tea
- California poppy
- Dang Shen
- Green tea
- Licorice root
- Saw palmetto
- White tea
HERBS AND SPICES
- Lemon Balm
- Pau d’arco
- Reishi tincture
- St. John’s Wort
Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil, or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath.
- Black Pepper
- Clary sage
- Roman Chamomile
- Sweet Marjoram
- Ylang Ylang
OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS
The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.
- Check for iodine deficiency and supplement if necessary. Test can be with urine or a patch test
- Colloidal silver
- CoQ 10 (deficiencies made worse by statin drugs and others)
- Iron supplements (before taking any iron supplements, check for deficiency, because iron overload is very common)
- Probiotics can improve digestion which is frequently deficient in people with chronic fatigue.
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½ ounce to 1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.
That exercise is beneficial is undisputed. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can do without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.
Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health and may play a big role in CFS. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend, join a support group. Do what works for you to stay mellow.
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO
- Check for adrenal fatigue (can be done with a urine test).
- Check for food sensitivities.
- Check for narcolepsy.
- Consider a sleep test for Apnea if you snore or stop breathing many times while sleeping.
- Either don’t watch TV or work on a computer an hour before bed, or at the very least use blue light filtering. You can use blue light filtering sunglasses or a screen protector.
- Go to bed when you are sleepy.
- Practice relaxation exercises, like Yoga, Tai Chi and Meditation, to minimize stress or depression.
- Rule out possible allergens.
- Acupressure (https://www.herbalshop.com/fatigued/acupressure-points-for-relieving-chronic-fatigue-syndrome/)
- Chinese Medicine
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Homeopathy (https://www.britishhomeopathic.org/charity/how-we-can-help/articles/conditions/c/an-overpowering-tiredness/)
- Phototherapy (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12423324)
- A wholesome, balanced diet
- Regular exercise
- Low stress levels
- Quality sleep