Herbal Remedies for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Nervous System Herbs

Oats: 1 to 3 cups of tea or 1/4 to 1 teaspoon of tincture daily. A bowl of oatmeal can help too, but it won’t be as strong as tea or tincture.

St. John’s Wort: 900 mg a day in capsules standardized to 0.3 percent hypericin, divided into three 300 mg doses, or 1 to 3 teaspoons of a tincture, in divided doses. For insomnia, take the full dose at bedtime.

Ginkgo: 40 to 60 mg of standardized extract capsules.

Relaxants: Begin by following directions on the label, but it’s fine to slowly work up to as much as three times the recommended dose.

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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