By Neepa Sevak
The term Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) refers to a disorder portrayed by profound fatigue with normal activities that comes on suddenly with no obvious cause. With CFS, you feel so worn out that you are unable to do even half of your normal daily activities. CFS is also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, post viral fatigue syndrome, chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome.
Of all chronic illnesses, CFS is one of the most mysterious. For many people, CFS initiates after an attack of cold, bronchitis, hepatitis, an intestinal bug, infectious mononucleosis, or during a period of high stress. In others, CFS develops more steadily, with no apparent illness. CFS is diagnosed two to four times more often in women than in men, possibly because of biological, psychological, and social influences. Although CFS is most common in people 25 to 45 years old, it can affect people of all ages.
Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
CFS is a stressful disease to have. CFS shows signs and symptoms similar to those of most common viral infections that can exhaust your energy and can last for months or years. They may come and go recurrently with no particular pattern making it difficult to diagnose.
In addition to constant fatigue and weakness, CFS has other most significant symptoms like:
- Low grade fever (100.4°F)
- Extreme exhaustion after normal exercise or exertion
- Muscle and joint aches
- Pain that moves from one joint to another without swelling or redness
- Inability to concentrate
- Loss of memory
- Sore throat
- Painful and mildly enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or armpits
- Sleep disturbances
Causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The actual cause of CFS is not known. Several possible causes have been described:
- Iron deficiency anemia
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Normal allergies
- Yeast infection (candidiasis)
- Infections such as mononucleosis
- Dysfunction in the immune system
- Changes in the levels of hormones produced in the hypothalamus, pituitary glands or adrenal glands
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
Complications of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Since the complaint is chronic in nature, the following complications may occur:
- Depression, related both to symptoms and lack of diagnosis
- Work inefficiency can occur
- Chronic Immobility
- Social isolation caused by fatigue
Homeopathic Approach to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
At present, conventional medicine has no effective treatment for CFS. All it can offer is nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Ibuprofen, to get rid of any body aches or fever, and antihistamines to relieve any allergic symptoms, such as runny nose. Homeopathy is one of the only forms of treatment that can be of help in this condition. Homeopathic medicines treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome not by exterminating viruses, but by strengthening our vital force which is an intelligent energy principle in our body, that balances many functions and provides protection from illness. In case of an illness, the symptoms are the signals or the outcry of the Vital Force for the help. A homeopathic medicine decodes them with its natural and holistic remedial powers and attains CURE.
Homeopathic medicines have shown an overwhelming positive response in treating CFS by producing the best results. Based on the hypothesis of "like cures like" and a deep emphasis on the principles of holistic medicine (treat the whole person), Homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the body's own healing power by introducing tiny doses of natural substances that stimulates a person's immune system and defense system to correct itself naturally. Due to the individualized approach of homeopathy a remedy which matches all of your symptoms will stimulate your vital force to restore balance and health.
The appropriate homeopathic treatment for CFS depends on the individual's constitutional type. A constitutional type is defined as a person's physical, emotional, and psychological makeup. An experienced homeopath assesses all of these factors when determining the most appropriate remedy for each individual.
Self Help Along With Homeopathic Treatment
Along with constitutional homeopathic treatment learning how to manage your fatigue may help you to maintain good health by:
- A well balanced nutritious diet with plenty of fluids should be taken. Avoid refined foods, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, saturated fats, dairy products, and gluten-containing grains. Eat more fresh vegetables, legumes, whole grains (non-gluten), protein, and essential fatty acids (found in nuts, seeds, and cold-water fish).
- Avoid mental and physical exertion during an acute illness. Get adequate rest.
- Deep breathing and walking in fresh air can increase the energy levels.
- Exercising regularly but without causing more fatigue.
- Lifestyle changes - you can slow down and avoid excessive physical and psychological stress. This may save your energy for essential activities at home or work and help you cut back on less important activities.
- Emotional support can help you and your loved ones deal with the uncertain outlook and the ups and downs of this illness.
Hence, every person suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome must consider homeopathy to provide relief and lifetime cure.