chronic fatigue syndrome and homeopathy

Neepa Sevak
Do you feel like you are sneaking through the dark with an elephant on your back? Do you feel
that every thing you do, or every moment is a struggle and requires massive effort? We all get
exhausted at some point, its part of our fast paced life. However, there is a difference between
experiencing just normal fatigue versus weariness due to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The term
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), refers to a disorder depicted by overwhelming fatigue with
normal activities, that comes on suddenly with no apparent cause. CFS can distress a dynamic
individual, and deprive them of their ability to work, exercise, think clearly and feel healthy.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a serious, life changing, frustrating, chronic ailment. CFS is also
known as Myalgic encephalomyelitis, Post viral fatigue syndrome, Chronic fatigue and Immune
dysfunction syndrome.
For many people, CFS initiates after an attack of Cold, Bronchitis, Hepatitis, an intestinal bug,
Infectious mononucleosis, or during a stressful period. In others, CFS evolves with no apparent
illness. CFS is diagnosed two to four times more often in women than in men, possibly because
of biological, psychological, and social influences. Although, CFS is most common in people 25 to
45 years old, it can affect people of all ages.
Symptoms of CFS are similar to those of flu and other common viral infections. CFS can have
traumatic ramification on a person’s daily activities, can seriously jeopardize work or school
performance, can affect a person’s independence, livelihood and economic security, can alter
relationships with family and friends. All these shortcomings can transpire feelings of guilt, anger,
anxiety, isolation and abandonment.
Causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
Prolonged stress.
Nutritional deficiency.
Iron deficiency anemia.
Low blood pressure (Hypotension).
Low blood sugar (Hypoglycemia).
Yeast infection (Candidiasis).
Infections such as mononucleosis.
Dysfunction in the immune system.
Hormonal imbalance.
Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
Extreme exhaustion.
Lack of energy.
Low grade fever.
Sore throat.
Muscle and joint pains that radiate without swelling or redness.
Painful menstrual periods.
Inability to concentrate.
Forgetfulness or transient loss of memory.
Work inefficiency.
Social isolation.
Visual disturbances.
Painful and mildly enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or armpits.
Sleep disturbances.
Night sweats.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Chronic immobility.
Homeopathic approach to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
Homeopathic medicines treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome not by annihilating viruses, but by
strengthening the vital force, which is an unintelligible, zestful, spiritual, and instinctive force that
vitalizes our body, that balances many functions and provides protection from illness. In case of
an illness, the symptoms are the signals or the outcry of the Vital Force, asking for help.
Homeopathic medicines have shown an overwhelming positive response in treating CFS by
producing the best results. Based on the hypothesis of "like cures like" and a deep emphasis on
the principles of holistic medicine (treat the whole person), Homeopathic remedies work by
stimulating the body's own healing power by introducing tiny doses of natural substances that
enhances a person's immune system and defense system to heal itself naturally. Due to the
individualized approach of Homeopathy a remedy which matches all of your symptoms will
stimulate your vital force to restore balance and health.
The appropriate Homeopathic treatment for CFS depends on the individual's constitutional type.
A constitutional type is defined as a person's physical, emotional, and psychological makeup.
During a Homeopathic evaluation, all of these above factors are assessed when determining the
most appropriate remedy for each individual. Below, I have noted some important
Homeopathic remedies which can be used for treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome under
the supervision of an experienced Homeopath. These remedies are just a few of the
commonly used Homeopathic remedies and are mentioned only to create awareness
about the effectiveness of Homeopathic medicines in CFS. It is not advisable to resort to
self medication for any disease.
Homeopathic remedies for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
Arsenicum: This is a profoundly acting remedy on every organ and tissue. These patients are
restless and fatigued with constant chilliness and burning pains all over that are worse at night.
Their thirst is unquenchable. They complain of weakness and exhaustion from slightest exertion,
headache with fever, sore, tired eyes, blurred vision, and insomnia. They get panic attacks with
great anxiety and depression with fainting in the morning. They also have a poor memory.
Gelsemium: This is an outstanding remedy for general prostration, mental exhaustion, including
drowsiness and indifference. Their physical weakness is so profound that they have difficulty
lifting their limbs and eyelids. They complain of dizziness, drowsiness, dullness, trembling and
lack muscular coordination. They get delirious on failing to sleep. They desire to be left alone and
are apathetic towards their illness.
Muriatic Acid: This is a brilliant remedy for great prostration and low fevers. The patient
becomes so weak that they slide off the bed. They get very restless, are sad, irritable and suffer
in silence. They complain of heavy, painful and weak extremities, and have a tottering gait.
Picric Acid: This remedy works well on muscular debility with heavy tired feeling and brainfag.
The patient complains of prostration with weakness and pain in back, pins and needle sensation
in extremities. They have a lack of will power, are disinclined to work, have dementia with
prostration, sit still and listless. Their symptoms are worse from slightest mental exertion, in wet
weather, and after sleep.
Kali phos: This remedy is indicated for young individuals with hopelessness, anxiety, fearfulness,
weak memory, mental and physical exhaustion, hysteria, insomnia, night terrors, irritability,
nervousness, depression, brain-fag, delirium tremens, epileptic fits, and paralysis. The patients
are weak, tired and prostrated. Their symptoms trigger from excitement, overwork, worry, mental
and physical exertion. These patients are depressed and avoid meeting people. Slightest labor
seems like a heavy task for them.
Self help along with Homeopathic treatment:
Along with Constitutional Homeopathic treatment learning how to manage your fatigue may help
you maintain good health:
Stay well hydrated.
Eat a healthy diet.
Avoid refined foods, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, saturated fats.
Avoid mental and physical exertion during an acute illness. Get adequate rest.
Deep breathing and walking in fresh air can increase the energy levels.
Exercising regularly but without causing more fatigue.
Lifestyle changes - you can slow down and avoid excessive physical and psychological
stress. This may save your energy for essential activities at home or work and help you cut
back on less important activities.
Emotional support can help you and your loved ones deal with the uncertain outlook and the
ups and downs of this illness.
Hence, eliminate all types of pathogens, strengthen your immune system, increase energy and
combat fatigue with the help of Homeopathy.
About the author:
Neepa Sevak (DHMS, DHom, DIHom, DHM, CCH, RSHom (NA), HMA) is experienced and
registered with the Arizona Homeopathic Board of Medical Examiners, and certified by the
Council of Homeopathic certification. She is currently practicing Classical Homeopathy, is a
Supervisor, Clinical Faculty and is on the Board of International Affairs at the American Medical
College of Homeopathy. She also coaches students with clinical cases at the Teleosis School of
Homeopathy in North America. Neepa is also serving as a specialist at ACA (Autism Community
of Africa, an organization that is helping heal Autistic children in Africa, with the help of
Homeopathic remedies). Her mission is to “Promote Health through Homeopathy with a Holistic,
Totalistic, and Individualistic approach”.
Phone: (480) 363 0758
Email: [email protected]
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