by Sinead Fine (MAHA) 

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis affects men, women and children of all ages and backgrounds, although it is more common in females. CFS is also diagnosed as post-viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS). The most common physical symptoms are overwhelming fatigue or tiredness, aching muscular pain, migraines, swollen glands and sore throats. Due to tiredness the affected person may sleep many hours and yet be unrefreshed! Mental symptoms such as poor concentration, depression and irritability can also occur.

Each case of Chronic Fatigue is different. From a Homeopathic perspective it helps to know the cause. A viral infection such as cytomegalovirus, Epstein barr virus, influenza etc can trigger Chronic Fatigue. Stress can also trigger this condition. Never well since vaccinations can also be a culprit in rare cases.

Below is a description of some Homeopathic Medicines that when matched to the person’s totality of symptoms can allow healing to take place.

SEPIA is a medicine that suits people who are overworked and run down. It’s a common remedy for mothers who are exhausted from constantly giving and feeling like they have little support. They will be irritable with both children and partner and will simply want to be left alone. Sepia helps to bring enthusiasm back to parenting and allows the mother to ask for what she needs.

ARSENICUM is a great medicine for those with Chronic Fatigue where an infection such as traveller’s diarrhoea was the beginning of feeling unwell. These people will be chilly with very cold extremities. They will be thirsty and tired and often feel worse around midnight. They will get anxious easily, especially about matters of the health. Arsenicum helps to relax this person’s nervous system and enable them to come back to a state of balance.

CARCINOSIN is an excellent medicine for Chronic Fatigue where the symptoms match. These people usually became sick due to extreme perfectionism. Everything has to be right - the lists have to be ticked every day and the house has to be clean ALWAYS. Due to their high level of perfectionism - sooner or later their adrenals will say they have had enough! Depression and utter exhaustion is common and this person will ‘beat themselves up’ about taking a rest and still try to struggle on. They will constantly ignore the signs their body is giving them.

GELSEMIUM is one of the best medicines to give if someone has had Chronic Fatigue ever since they suffered from Influenza. I have also found this remedy useful in those who have strongly reacted to the Influenza vaccine and ‘caught’ Influenza a few days later. Gelsemium is fantastic in these cases when the symptoms fit for getting a person back to their old selves.

The ACID medicines are very effective in worn out, debilitated people. PHOSPHORIC ACID often falls into a state of ill health as a result of emotional traumas such as grief, disappointed love, home-sickness or receiving bad news.

MURIATIC ACID is a remedy prepared from hydrochloric acid. In the collapsed state a Muriatic acid patient is especially exhausted on a physical level.

SULPHURIC ACID is for hurried people who normally can cope with daily life and extreme stress. Everything is rushed in their lives  -  movements, walking and even eating! They are incredibly impatient with a severe lack of patience. However their nervous system eventually cannot cope anymore and adrenal exhaustion and burnout occurs. Then they become depressed and negative and find it very hard to get out of bed in the morning. It seems they have gone from one extreme to another. Sulphuric acid helps these people gain back their energy and vitality while also allowing them to approach life from a more relaxed point of view.

Herbs can be very effective in nurturing the body and can restore health and vitality quickly. Herbs include Alfalfa, Astragalus, Cats Claw, Cordyceps, Ginseng, Gotu Kola, Licorice, Oats, Reishi mushroom, Rhiodiola, Schisandra,St Johns Wort and Withania. Many of these herbs are anti viral and Olive Leaf can be included in this list.

High doses of Vitamin C can help adrenals get back into shape as can other supplements such as B complex, Co Q 10, Carnitine and Zinc.

Flower essences which have helped many include the Australian Bush Flower Essence Macrocarpa. Bach flower essences (the famous creator of Rescue Remedy) have Olive, Hornbeam and Oak as powerful stimulators to rebalance energy.

When a person comes for help with Chronic Fatigue I will always recommend tests via the doctor or myself to determine a possible cause and also to check vitamin and mineral levels. Results can lead to a treatment plan. For example low doses of cortisol can be effective for people with chronic fatigue syndrome when diagnosed with cortisol deficiency.  Treatment of Chronic Fatigue takes time and patience but many good results come out of using Natural Medicine as part of your overall health plan.