Natural Treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Treat chronic fatigue syndrome naturally with herbs, essential oils, supplements, and lifestyle changes.

| January 2019

Natural Treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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Chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), is a condition characterized by exhaustion that doesn’t improve with rest. Its cause is unclear but it is thought that it may be a combination of genetics, viral infection, and inflammation from oxidative stress. For this reason, it often requires more than one healing approach.


Gentle tonic herbs that do not overstimulate the body can be taken long term to help restore strength, while strengthening digestive tonics and immune-boosting herbs are supportive and also help to improve vitality.

Siberian ginseng helps to fight fatigue. It is also a strengthening tonic for the adrenal glands, which secrete hormones to help regulate the body’s response to stress and are essential for vitality, as well as for the immune system. Avoid with acute infections. Take 1-2 milliliters extract in a little water 3 times daily.

Astragalus, traditionally used for physical weakness, is an immune system tonic, which rebuilds strength and vitality. Avoid with acute infections and with immune-suppressant and blood-thinning drugs. Take 1-2 milliliters extract in a little water 3 times daily.

Vervain acts as a digestive tonic, an antispasmodic herb, and also a strengthening tonic for the nervous system, helping to relax both mind and body. Avoid in pregnancy; excessive doses may cause vomiting. Take 20 drops extract in a little water 3 times daily.

2/21/2019 9:40:01 AM

I had this issue. Getting sugar and carbs under control (doing a low glycemic eating plan) and exercising helped heal me of this. Also eat pure foods, get rid of the chemicals. Take natural supplements. I have a lot of energy now, and am doing good.

2/21/2019 8:12:33 AM

It's unclear whether these three supplements are alternatives to each other or are intended to be taken together. I'd like to know so I hope someone will respond to this comment.



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