Herbal Remedies for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Energy Boosting Herbs

Reishi: 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of tincture three times a day, or 3 cups of tea sipped throughout the day (simmer 1/3 oz. of dried, chopped reishi in 3 cups of water for thirty minutes).

Astragalus: 1/4 to 1 teaspoon a day three times a day or 3 cups of tea (simmer 1 to 2 tablespoons in 3 cups of water for thirty minutes).

Siberian ginseng: follow manufacturer’s instructions.

Licorice: 1 to 3 cups of tea daily or 1/8 to 1 teaspoon of tincture three times a day.

While qi building and adrenal support form the core of chronic fatigue treatment, they take time to work. Be patient–the effect occurs over months, not days. Meanwhile, other herbal medicines can help alleviate more immediate symptoms.

Three out of four cases of chronic fatigue occur in women between twenty-five and forty-five, but it’s found in all age and ethnic groups.

Lois Johnson, M.D., has a busy primary-care holistic practice in Sebastopol, California, where she integrates the best of Western medicine with herbalism, nutrition, and lifestyle counseling. She graduated from the University of Nevada Medical School in 1984 and is board certified in ­internal medicine.

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