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Treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ ME

Spontaneous recovery from CFS / ME occurs in 80-90% of patients eventually.

Conventional treatment of CFS / ME

Conventional treatment tends to centre round antidepressants and pain-killers which only help some people. Depression occurs in a surprisingly small number of patients and anti-depressants do not always improve fatigue. Rest is an important part of the management of CFS / ME and graded exercise within the individual’s capacity is beneficial. Too much exercise can cause relapse so the key word is ‘pacing’ – always operating within energy limits and never hitting or passing those limits if possible.

Complementary treatment of CFS / ME

The Natural Practice will use a lot of different techniques to help this group of conditions. The whole of the benefit of an integrated medical approach is that a number of different approaches are brought together to support the patient and where possible to enable them to throw the condition off. We should stress that each treatment plan is designed individually and it may consist of one or more interventions below and others that are not detailed here.

Acupuncture can help but many treatments may be needed. Most patients have nutritional deficiencies, apart from magnesium, and adequate replacement of these can result in significant clinical improvement. ATP abnormalities can indicate major specific deficiencies in Vitamin B3. Dealing with food intolerances, healing and treatment of abnormal gut fermentation can all improve the function of the ailing immune system and move the patient towards recovery. As with our approach with other conditions, selecting the best combination for each CFS / ME patient gives the best results.