For millions of Americans, it is a daily struggle just to get out of bed in the morning, let alone summon enough energy and drive to fulfill their daily duties and responsibilities. At present, there is essentially no effective treatment offered by conventional medicine for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
And while the individual root causes of chronic fatigue tend to vary from combinations of virus’, bacterial, yeast, parasitic, food intolerances, environmental allergens to name a few; there are a number of holistic approaches that I have. Questions about fatigue are some of the most common that I hear from patients. We all become run-down now and then due to the stresses of everyday life and the demands of our busy schedules. Over extended periods this can overburden our bodies, creating a situation that’s not so easy to bounce back from.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Some of the main symptoms of CFS are:
- Impaired short-term memory of concentration which significantly affects normal activities
- Sore throat
- Tender lymph nodes in the neck or underarms
- Muscle pain
- Pain in multiple joints with no joint swelling or redness
- Headaches of a new type or severity
- Unrefreshing sleep
- General malaise following physical exertion that lasts more than 24 hours
Other common symptoms include: bloating; nausea; diarrhea; night sweats or chills; brain fogginess; dizziness; shortness of breath; chronic cough; visual disturbances; allergies or sensitivities to foods, alcohol, chemicals; irregular heartbeat or palpitations; jaw pain, or pain in eyes or mouth. A qualified naturopathic doctor can usually devise a protocol that will be effective in treating the symptoms, as well as creating health and well-being for the totality of the patient.
Effective Naturopathic Treatments
Vitamin B12 and B complex vitamins
REQUEST AN INITIAL CONSULTATION WITH DR. DIANA JOY OSTROFFB vitamins play a critical role in beating chronic fatigue because the body uses them to metabolize energy. And since many people today suffer from B vitamin deficiency anemia, supplementing with B complex vitamins, and vitamin B12 in particular, can make all the difference in alleviating tiredness and sustaining high energy levels.
Trace minerals and concentrated mineral drops
Mineral deficiency is another common cause of chronic fatigue, as a mineral-deficient body lacks the ability to effectively regenerate cells and produce adequate energy. This is why regularly consuming the full spectrum of ionic trace minerals, which includes nutrients like magnesium, chromium, iron, and zinc, is vitally important for treating chronic fatigue.
Considered by many to be the “perfect food,” bee pollen has a unique balance of beneficial enzymes, protein, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. The synchronistic effect of bee pollen’s multitude of nutrients can help alleviate both physical and intellectual tiredness, and provide lasting energy throughout the day.
Research has shown that the three ginsengs —Siberian, American, and Asian — increase energy, stamina, and reduce stress. A recent study demonstrated how ginseng can effectively help to maintain healthy blood sugar levels as well.
Stress management is vital to any treatment. Proper sleep, stress reduction techniques such as deep breathing or meditation, and exercise can all increase the body’s ability to handle stress.
Nutrition/Blood Sugar Regulation
Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes that provides antioxidants and nutrients is essential for your health and well-being. Your body needs a good diet rich in B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, and magnesium. Eating quality protein at each meal allows the body to maintain healthy levels of blood sugar. Treating CFS must address the diet and nutrition of the patient.
Specific Anti-Microbial medicine to eradicate chronic virus, or other infectious antigens.
Hormone Balancing using plant based medicine or bio-identical hormones.
As with any medical treatment you should contact your local naturopathic physician to receive a treatment plan that fits your individual needs.
*Results may vary from person to person.