Although chronic fatigue is thought to be a modern condition, illnesses with similar symptoms have been described as far back as the eighteenth century. In the 1800’s this condition was referred to as neurasthenia. In 1938, the name changed to myalgic encephalomyelitis, a term which is still used in Europe. In the U.S. in the 1980’s, the name was changed again to chronic fatigue syndrome. Whatever the name, this syndrome has a profound effect on the lives of the people who have it. Here is what you need to know to treat chronic fatigue naturally.
People looking for answers as to the source of their fatigue too often leave their doctor’s office rejected and disappointed. Since chronic fatigue symptoms tend to be vague, there are too many instances where patients are not taken seriously and are even told their symptoms are “all in their head.” However, chronic fatigue syndrome is a very real and serious condition. It has been linked to fibromyalgia and the Epstein-Barr virus, and it is interesting to note that more women than men are affected by it. Chronic fatigue usually surfaces when people are in their 30’s.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a complicated illness affecting the brain and different parts of the body. A person with the syndrome suffers debilitating fatigue that is not relieved by bed rest or sleep. Other symptoms which may be present are:
- Impaired memory/brain fog
- Tender lymph nodes
- Muscle pain
- Pain in joints
- Shortness of breath
- Chronic cough
- Poor quality of sleep
- Night sweats and/or chills
- Stomach discomfort such as bloating, diarrhea and nausea
- Visual disturbances
- Allergies and/or food sensitivities
- Irregular heartbeat and/or palpitations
- Jaw pain
There are no lab tests that can diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome. Diagnosis is made by determining the presence of at least four of the conditions listed above, the main complaint always being incapacitating fatigue. Chronic fatigue syndrome may have multiple causes which include viral infections, stress, nutritional deficiency, toxic overload, hormonal imbalances, immune system impairment, nervous system dysfunction, and low blood pressure.
Although medications may be prescribed to address the individual symptoms of this disorder, there are no conventional treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome. Additionally, these medications come with side effects that can add to the person’s suffering. The best way is natural treatment for chronic fatigue focusing on nutrition and nature’s remedies. In fact, the answer may be as simple as correcting nutritional deficiencies. Treat chronic fatigue naturally with the following remedies:
- Colloidal silver, nature’s antibiotic, eliminates all types of pathogens, even those that are becoming resistant to conventional antibiotics. Colloidal silver strengthens the immune system and helps the body to heal.
- Ginseng increases energy and combats fatigue. A survey of 155 people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome conducted by theUniversity ofIowa found that ginseng was one of the more effective treatments. 56% of the people surveyed indicated that ginseng helped them alleviate fatigue. Additionally, researchers inCalifornia found that Panax ginseng significantly enhances cellular immune function.
- Vitamin B3 (niacin) contains a naturally occurring molecule, Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NADH), that is essential for cellular energy production. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study using 26 people diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome determined the effectiveness of NADH. In a 4 week period, participants received either 1 mg of NADH or the placebo. At the end of the study, 31% had a favorable response to the NADH as opposed to 8% who responded favorably to the placebo.
- L-Carnitine levels have been shown to be low in people with chronic fatigue syndrome according to the results of some studies. These low levels have been associated with muscle fatigue, pain, and low levels of exercise tolerance. Carnitine is found in nearly all the cells of the body and is responsible for transporting long-chain fatty acids into mitochondria for the generation of metabolic energy.
- Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a natural compound found in the energy-producing centers of cells. CoQ10 plays a role in the production of ATP, which is responsible for 95% of the body’s energy. Levels begin to decrease in your 30′s.
- Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, ovaries, testes, and brain. DHEA can be converted into estrogen and testosterone and is also responsible for proper memory, mood, and sleep patterns. This hormone begins to decrease between the ages of 25 to 30 and people with chronic fatigue syndrome have been found to have low levels.
- Essential fatty acids (EFAs) aid in cellular function, improve mood disorders, and help to reduce inflammation.
- Magnesium deficiency alone can result in chronic fatigue syndrome. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include fatigue, weakness, irritability, mental confusion, muscle cramps, and insomnia. Low levels of magnesium have also been found in people suffering from chronic fatigue.
Lastly, supplying your body with proper nutrition is an essential natural treatment for chronic fatigue. Including plenty of fiber, omega 3’s and healthy liquids in your diet may help to relieve symptoms of chronic fatigue. Suggested foods include: flaxseeds, salmon, broccoli, asparagus, peas, romaine lettuce, walnuts, almonds, cashews, peanuts, spinach, oatmeal, baked potatoes with the skin, bananas, oranges, and poultry.