Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a complex condition characterised primarily by overwhelming tiredness that may persist for many months but is not caused by exertion and not relieved by either rest or sleep.
Any exertion will lead to a feeling of general malaise. Other symptoms can include recurrent infections owing to lowered immunity, insomnia or over-sleeping, sore muscles, joint pain without swelling, painfully enlarged lymph glands, recurrent sore throat and headaches. Sufferers may also experience mild depression.
Other terms used to describe CFS include “Post-viral Fatigue Syndrome” and “Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome”. The causes are not fully understood and not all cases have the same characteristics but immune system malfunction, probably triggered by a viral infection, is thought to be a common feature.
CFS is characterised by a number of debilitating symptoms and a tailored treatment regime will be developed to provide appropriate relief. The condition involves a subtle immune malfunction that may be caused by an interaction between emotional, infectious and environmental stressors. Stress must be managed as it is a key pre-disposing factor and reduced capacity to cope with stress is integral to the vicious cycle that helps perpetuate the syndrome
Natural treatment will focus on re-building the patient’s vitality while also seeking to rebalance the immune system and correct those factors, such as impaired digestion, bowel flora proliferation, food intolerances and leaky gut, toxic overload or chronic inflammation, which may be contributing to over-responsiveness of the immune system.