What is chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)?
Chronic fatigue syndrome, sometimes called CFS, is a condition that makes you feel so tired that you can't do all of your normal, daily activities. There are other symptoms too, but being very tired for at least 6 months is the main one.
Many people improve in a year or two and do not have a relapse. Some people continue to have severe fatigue and other symptoms for many years.
The disease is not well understood. Most experts now believe that it is a separate illness with its own set of symptoms. But some doctors do not believe this.
Many homeopathic remedies exist to help alleviate chronic fatigue. When dealing with chronic fatigue, it is best to consult a homeopathic practitioner for a constitutional remedy. For temporary relieve here are a few symptoms and corresponding remedies.
Kali phos is useful for fatigue with trembling, due to stress or nervous exhaustion from overwork. Symptoms include irritability, anxiety, fear of losing control and muscle fatigue upon exertion. Take the 30c strength twice daily for up to 14 days. Repeat dose if beneficial.
Arsenicum album is used for exhaustion accompanied by anxiety, constant feeling of cold with joint and muscle pain, aching and burning all over from stiffness, weakness with exertion, tendency to migraines, loose bowels and blurred vision. Take the 30c strength twice daily for up to 14 days. Repeat dose if beneficial.
Nux vomica is generally given for irritable fatigue caused by lack of sleep, stress or overwork. Tense muscles, feeling chilled, joint pain, and indigestion are symptoms. Take the 30c strength twice daily for up to 14 days. Repeat dose if beneficial.
Argentum nitricum is useful if you are fearful, anxiety- ridden, and secretive, with irrational motives for your acts, which are often kept hidden. Other symptoms are: headaches with coldness and trembling, poor sleep, bad dreams, and losing the sense of smell. Take one dose Argentum nitricum 30x or 12c, three times daily, as needed, for up to three days.
Phosphoricum acidum is good if you are feeling emotionally and physically drained and apathetic, perhaps due to grief. Take one dose of Phosphoricum acidum 30x or 15c three times daily, as needed, for up to three days.
Picricum acidum will help if you feel terrible after the least exertion, especially after mental exertion, and have an aversion to food. You may feel so tired that you lack willpower and determination, and you frequently have headaches that are relieved by strong pressure. Take one dose of Picricum acidum 3c or 6x three times daily, as needed, for up to three days.
Silicea is good for headaches and exhaustion caused by overwork. You tend to be chilly and sensitive to cold air, and often have cramps in the calves and soles of your feet. If you are a woman, you may have a vaginal discharge. Take one dose of Silicea 30x or 15c three times daily, as needed, for up to three days.
Zincum metallicum is generally prescribed if you are forgetful and tend to repeat things. You are mentally exhausted and very sensitive to noise, grind your teeth while sleeping, and may suffer from chronic constipation. Take one dose of Zincum metallicum 30x or 15c three times daily, as needed, for up to three days.