Information On Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disorder that initially wasn’t recognized by the medical profession because there was no known medical condition to explain it. However, many people suffer from this disabling condition which leaves you exhausted and unable to carry out your normal routine. Twice as many women suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome than men (source) and you are most likely to be diagnosed with it between the ages of 40 and 60 (source). Recognizing the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome is important in order to be able to manage it.


The overriding symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome are extreme exhaustion and fatigue but other symptoms include:

  • anxiety and depression
  • lack of concentration
  • sore muscles and joints
  • headaches
  • fever
  • digestive problems
  • insomnia
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • temporary memory loss
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • sensitivity to light and heat.

(source: Prescription for Nutritional Healing, James F. Balch, Phyllis A. Balch)


There is no known cause for chronic fatigue syndrome and it is usually diagnosed by a doctor when all other medical conditions have been ruled out. However, it is thought that chronic fatigue syndrome might be linked to a virus or a condition/response of the immune system, particularly if you have been subjected to extreme stress and anxiety. In addition, hormonal imbalances might be to blame, although there is no conclusive evidence to prove this theory.

Management Through Lifestyle Changes

Chronic fatigue syndrome may last from a month to a year and there is no medical cure. It can be managed through prescription drugs, such as anti-depressants, but lifestyle and dietary changes might also help. It is also important to get emotional support through counseling or other related therapies.

Take regular exercise and reduce stress levels. Maintain a regular program of activity by pacing yourself, and don’t overload on daily tasks. Reduce alcohol and caffeine intake and try to get the same amount of sleep each night for a regular interval of time.

Herbal Remedies

Herbal remedies for chronic fatigue syndrome attempt to treat some of the underlying symptoms associated with the disorder; the following herbs might help with chronic fatigue syndrome:

  • ginkgo biloba – for improved brain function and circulation
  • echinacea – to help enhance the immune system
  • licorice root – to support the endocrine system
  • valerian root – to improve sleep.

(source: Prescription for Nutritional Healing, James F. Balch, Phyllis A. Balch)


Essential oils in aromatherapy practice are also another natural way to help control some of the symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome. Again, you can use specific essential oils to help with some of the underlying symptoms; these include:

  • lavender, bergamot, tea tree and eucalyptus – to increase protection to the immune system against viruses
  • rosemary – to stimulate the lymphatic system and improve memory
  • Roman chamomile and frankincense – to relieve muscle pain
  • lavender and Roman chamomile – to promote sleep.

Managing Symptoms of CFS

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a now a widespread condition in the United States, perhaps due to the lifestyles that we now lead; whatever the cause, if you suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome you are not alone in dealing with the disabling symptoms it produces.

If you or someone you know suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome, it can be difficult to appreciate the difficulties that the disorder produces in daily life. Chronic fatigue syndrome can be managed with the right support and tools. A strong support network of family and friends also helps. Consult your doctor for a diagnosis and a recommended treatment plan, specific to the patient, in addition to using the natural remedies discussed in this article.


  • Prescription for Nutritional Healing, James F. Balch, Phyllis A. Balch
  • Mayo Clinic: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • University of Maryland Medical Center: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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