Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, as the name suggests, refers to a constant feeling of being tired physically and mentally, almost like the body’s vital systems are switched off or are working on a low battery. It is also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis. Recently a new term has been introduced to denote this syndrome called Systemic Exertional Intolerance Disease (SEID). It is diagnosed when extreme tiredness remains for minimum six months that decreases the ability to do daily routine activities and is unexplained by any underlying medical condition.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be very effectively treated with natural homeopathic remedies. Homeopathic medicines are completely safe with zero side effects. Sourced from natural substances, homeopathic medicines help the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients by increasing their body stamina and threshold for bearing fatigue against a particular level of exertion. They also help in energising the body’s immune system to come out of extreme physical or mental weakness and rejuvenate the person.
Top Homeopathic Remedies for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
1. Kali Phos – Top Remedy For CFS
Kali Phos leads the chart of homeopathic medicines for treating cases of CFS. It is recommended to manage multiple concerns in persons having this syndrome. To begin with, it is marvellous medicine to manage fatigue. It can be given when the slightest mental or physical exertion leads to extreme fatigue. Even a little work seems like a Herculean task. The person feels worn out with no energy. Secondly, it can be given to manage sleep issues. It is very effective to manage sleeplessness and restless sleep. Its use is indicated to manage weak memory, forgetfulness and impaired memory. Forgetfulness is noticeable while speaking or writing. Lastly, it can be used for persons having stressed mind, worries, sadness and depression.
When and How to use Kali Phos?
Kali Phos can be used as a first remedy in CFS cases. It works wonders in managing tiredness, sleep issues, memory problems and depressive feeling in such cases. Though Kali Phos can be used in different potencies, the best results have been witnessed from 6X potency that comes in tablet form. Kali Phos can be taken in 6X potency three to four times a day (4 tablets at a time makes one dose of this medicine).
2. Arsenic Album – For Extreme Tiredness
Arsenic Album is highly effective to manage extreme tiredness. It suits well those who feel like lying down all the time due to excessive fatigue. Even a little exertion leads to utmost lack of strength and weakness. Standing, walking and the slightest exertion result in fatigue. Such persons also hesitate to do anything due to fear of exertion because they anticipate exhaustion. Apart from disabling fatigue, Arsenic Album can also treat extreme anxiety.
When and How to use Arsenic Album?
Arsenic Album is an ideal choice of remedy to manage extreme tiredness in cases of CFS. It is available in different potenices from low (like 30C) to high (like 200C, 1M). To begin with it is advised to take this medicine in 30C potency once or twice a day. Kindly consult a homeopathic doctor to use its high potencies.
3. Coffea Cruda – For Sleep Issues
Coffea Cruda is a natural medicine to manage sleep issues. It is a top remedy to manage sleeplessness. Persons needing it have a lot of thoughts and ideas in mind at night that keeps them awake. It is also indicated for restless sleep and frequent waking from sleep. Its use is also considered when a person is able to sleep only specifically till 3:00 am after which no sleep occurs.
When and How to use Coffea Cruda?
Coffea Cruda can be used in cases of sleeplessness and restless sleep. This medicine works wonders in 30C potency. Coffea Cruda 30C can be taken two times a day.
4. Gelsemium – For Weakness, Dizziness, Muscle Pain, Poor Concentration
Gelsemium is a herbal medicine to manage weakness and dizziness. Persons needing Gelsemium have marked weakness and sleepiness throughout the day. Heaviness in head may also be felt. Dizziness and vertigo are also marked. It gets worse when walking and from head movement. Muscle weakness and pain also show their impact on them. The muscle pain is mostly present in neck, shoulders, back, hips and legs. The patient may also experience trembling and weakness in limbs. Besides above indications, it is also useful when there is dullness of mind and poor concentration.
When and How to use Gelsemium?
A person having weakness, dizziness, muscle pain, concentration issues can find this medicine highly effective. Its use is usually recommended in 30C power that can be taken twice a day.
5. Rhus Tox – For Muscle Or Joint Pain
Rhus Tox is the most widely used homeopathic medicine for muscle or joint pain. It is usually the first choice of medicine of most physicians to manage muscle or joint pain. The key indication for its use is worsening of pains from rest and relief from movement. There may also occur relief in joint pain from massage or warm applications.
When and How to use Rhus Tox?
Rhus Tox can be given in any case of muscle or joint pain in any of the body part. It brings tremendous relief in pains in a very effective manner. This medicine can be used in different potencies like 30C, 200C, 1M. In the beginning, Rhus Tox 30C can be used two to three times a day. When pain decreases, its dosage can be reduced. Do not self – medicate with its high potencies like 200C, 1M.
6. Belladonna – To Manage Headaches
To treat headaches though there are numerous medicines in homeopathy, but Belladonna tops the list. It is most commonly used medicine for managing headache. In most cases that need it, headache is throbbing, pulsating type. It may get worse from noise and light exposure. Binding head tightly brings relief.
When and How to use Belladonna?
Use of Belladonna should be preferred to manage headache in cases of CFS. It is usually used in 30C potency. This medicine can be taken in 30C potency two to three times a day as per severity of complaint.
7. Ignatia – For Managing Depression
Ignatia is a prominent natural homeopathic remedy to deal with depression in chronic fatigue syndrome. It is best suited when there is sadness along with weeping spells. Consolation worsens the complaint. Next there may be desire to remain alone, aversion to meet people and go out of home. At times there are mood swings.
When and How to use Ignatia?
This medicine can be given to persons who feel sad and depressed from CFS. This medicine can be used in 30C potency twice a day.
What Are The Symptoms Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
1. Fatigue: It is the main symptom. Fatigue is marked to such an extent that it hinders daily routine work and taking resting does not bring much relief. It gets worse from activity, either physical or mental.
2. Sleep issues: Sleeplessness or unrefreshing sleep
3. Pain:There may occur pain in muscles or joints. Headache can also occur
4. Poor memory, difficulty thinking, indecisiveness, confusion or poor and difficult concentrating power
5. Sore throat
6. Depressed feelings and mood swings
8. Enlarged lymph nodes in neck or axillae (armpits)
What Are Causes/ Contributory Factors Behind It?
The exact cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is not clear, but various factors have been linked to it though not confirmed. These contributory factors include:
1. Viral infection (Epstein Barr virus, herpes simplex virus1 and 2, human herpes virus 6, measles virus, cytomegalovirus)
2. Dysfunction of immune system
3. Genetic predisposition toward Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
4. Hormonal imbalance: Imbalance of hormones produced by pituitary glands, adrenal glands is suspected
5. Stress: It may include either mental stress or physical stress as caused by some injury or surgery
Some complications of CFS include depression, anxiety, social isolation and restricted lifestyle.