Last Modified on Sep 23, 2015
Periodic fatigue or excessive tiredness is a common state of life – particularly a hectic, event-filled lifestyle. However, if that periodic fatigue transforms into a long-term state of mental and/or physical exhaustion that persists despite rest, you may be dealing with an issue known as chronic fatigue syndrome. In addition to medical care to rule out underlying illnesses, natural cures are also effective for treating chronic fatigue. Some of the most effective natural remedies for fatigue include supplements such as magnesium, fish oil, and evening primrose oil.
What Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
The Office on Women’s Health defines chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) as a complex, chronic illness that involves extreme fatigue that cannot be remedied with bed rest. Additionally, activities that involve physical exertion or even the use of mental energy may exacerbate fatigue. In any case, though, the condition is not diagnosed until the fatigue has persisted for 6 or more months.
Depending on the severity of the condition, you may experience a variety of different symptoms in addition to fatigue. Common ancillary symptoms include unrefreshing sleep, general weakness, muscle and joint pain, headache, and concentration or memory issues. These symptoms often vary in intensity and may come and go or persist for weeks to months and even years.
What Causes CFS?
At large, the cause for chronic fatigue is unknown. However, research suggests that a number of factors may be involved such as viruses, hypotension, immune impairment, and hormonal issues. Many times the condition seems to manifest following a viral infection. Viruses that have been identified to have a possible connection to CFS include human herpes virus six, Ross River virus, Epstein-Barr, human retroviruses, mycoplasma, rubella, and Candida alibicans, including yeast infections. Additionally, many individuals who develop CFS are predisposed to a weakened immune system.
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Are There Any Known Risk Factors?
As the cause of CFS is unknown, it is somewhat difficult to identify specific risk factors for the condition; however, research has identified a few commonly linked factors. Women between the ages of 30 and 50 are in the group of people most often affected by the condition, so age and gender present a potential risk. Likewise, individuals who are overweight and are relatively inactive are more likely to develop fatigue. Addition factors that may increase your risk of developing CFS include genetic predisposition, allergies, stress, and some environmental factors.
Are There Any Natural Cures for Chronic Fatigue?
Eliminate Fluoride Consumption
Fluoride has long been known to dramatically interfere with cellular energy production. New evidence, however, suggests that as a neuroendocrine disruptor, fluoride is capable of not only triggering widespread fatigue (not relieved by sleep or rest), but all of the other symptoms associated with CFS as well, including severe joint pain, muscle pain and stiffness, and even debilitating memory and concentration problems.
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The symptoms of CFS can actually mimic a number of other common conditions, such as mono, Lyme disease, lupus, fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, and multiple sclerosis, which is why it is so important to see your doctor if you are experiencing fatigue. Once diagnosed, your doctor can also help you identify an appropriate route of treatment, which typically pairs traditional medical care with effective home remedies to balance your care routine. In most cases, modifying your lifestyle slightly, incorporating nutritional supplements, and incorporating alternative medicine can effectively alleviate symptoms and fatigue. If you are dealing with CFS, you may want to try supplements like magnesium, fish oil, and evening primrose oil in addition to alternative medical practices like acupuncture or tai chi.
The University of Maryland Medical Center lists magnesium as one of the most helpful nutrients for treating chronic fatigue. Magnesium serves a variety of purposes in your body including normalizing your blood pressure and maintaining a steady heart rhythm. Good cardiovascular health is essential for reducing fatigue symptoms. Begin by taking 300mg per day and gradually increase your dosage to 1,000mg per day.
2. Fish Oil
Fish oil is another important remedy for fatigue. This supplement contains essential fats that help maintain your body’s energy stores. You should work up to a dose of 1,000mg 3 times per day of this nutritional supplement.
3. Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil is used for a variety of purposes. For treating CFS, it helps reduce pain and lessens fatigue. Evening primrose oil contains a high concentration of the fatty acid GLA, which possesses remarkable healing properties. This fatty acid helps regulate your hormones and control pain. For treatment, take 3,000 to 6,000mg per day.
Healthline indicates acupuncture as a potentially effective natural treatment for chronic fatigue. This treatment regulates pain you may be experiencing and can also be used to target effective nerve and cardiovascular function.
Yoga is another research-based treatment approach. This practice invigorates your body and restores energy naturally. It also helps you better regulate stress that may be contributing to fatigue. Yoga also helps you reestablish alignment in your body so it is able to perform most optimally.
Keep reading below to learn many more interesting cures for chronic fatigue syndrome from Earth Clinic readers! Please Let us know what you've tried!
Please make sure you read Jason Uttley's important article on Chronic Fluoride Poisoning. This article pinpoints fluoride as a very likely cause of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. A MUST READ!
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Sent to us by Bill Munro of Michigan, one of the most promising remedies we have heard about for CFS consists of inhaling hydrogen peroxide from a nasal pump 6 times a day. Click here to read up more on this important cure. Bill (83 years old) believes the peroxide has cured him of prostate cancer and also prevented him from getting a cold or flu for the past 13 years.
hi im emailing to ask about a/c on behalf of my father. He contracted ross river virus from mosquito bites years ago and now has chronic fatigue syndrome/Fibromyalgia. He is taking medications for high blood pressure and other ailments and was wondering if it would be worthwhile trying activated charcoal. My father is desperate to be rid of this ill health and is willing to try just about anything, but im worried it may do more harm than good. Yours sincerly Daryl J Halliday.
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[YEA] For the past year, I have been suffering from severe headaches, my heart would beat extremely fast just from standing up, and dizziness. I knew that it was serious when my head was hurting so bad one day that I went to lie down and woke up almost 15 hours later. I found this website while looking for a cure for gout for someone else. I sent them the information and then began to read the other parts of this site. After my reading, I wrote out a list and I went to the health food store immediately after work. I have been taking the mixture of the water with ACV, liquid garlic, cayenne pepper and blackstrap molasses for a week now. For the first time in a year, I am feeling so much better. My heart rate has slowed. My headaches are gone. I am using the bathroom on a regular basis now and I am not sleepy all of the time. I am also taking multi-vitamins. Thank you for this wonderful website!
I recently read that people who suffer from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia benefit remarkably from cortisol treatments (75 per cent showed significant improvement, and 62 per cent reported substantial improvement). This is because they have adrenal dysfunction, meaning their adrenal glands, which produce sex hormones and cortisol, don't work effectively. I suspect this is due to viral damage. Cortisol is that stress hormone... you get a shot of it in fight or flight situations for a quick burst of energy, decreased pain sensitivity, etc. Proper levels are important for proper glucose metabolism, regulation of blood pressure, insulin release for blood sugar maintanence, immune function and inflammatory response. Maybe this is why when you exercise it makes it worse because your cortisol levels should increase with aerobic exercise to help deal with the wear and tear. The bulk of cortisol release happens when we sleep, which would also explain why you might not wake up feeling refreshed. If you read up on cortisol, you'll see that if you don't have enough, you just don't have access to energy to burn.
I would definitely try the cortisol therapy, but perhaps there is a more natural way to stimulate the adrenal glands. Research has found that the nutrient Phosphatidylserine (PS) helps balance both high and low levels of cortisol. Usually our brains manufacture sufficient levels of PS, but if there is a deficiency of folic acid and vitamin B12, or of essential fatty acids, the brain may not be able to make sufficient PS levels. So get lots of fish, ridiculous amounts of dark green vegetables, and even rice and soy (or lecithin, I imagine). You can find PS supplements...they used to make them from cow's brains, but now they make a soy lecithin-derived one. (Phew!) At the very least, this nutrient would help with brain fog.
(My interest in chronic fatigue stems from having the Epstein Barr virus. I couldn't shake the fatigue for years and years. I did find getting fish oil and a teaspoon of chlorella everyday finally produced some results, which I would recommend to absolutely everyone!)
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[YEA] I have had chronic fatigue for 30 years and have spent a small fortune on trying to find a cure. From the result of doing web searches, I realised that my ph was low so set about to correct it.
Cider vinegar and H2O2, as well as being careful with what I eat, have been the means to correct my ph. You need to check your saliva and urine, not just your blood. Blood ph can be good and saliva and urine can be low as a result of the body correcting the blood. Our system knows that the blood needs to be right for our body's sake, so our saliva and urine systems will lower to counteract it. Therefore once we get our saliva and urine neutral things are rosey! Now after 30 years of pain and confusion, I am a different boy!
I have been buying 50% H2O2 solution for spraying crops for insect and fungi control at a 3% mix. I rinse my mouth with straight water and then sip a mouth full of H2O2, hold it in my mouth and swerling it for a minute or so and then swallowing it. I chase it with another sip of water. --don't know why I do that :)
H2O2 works on my crops and has worked on me. Who can argue with that?
[YEA] I have chronic fatigue syndrome and I read that raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar kills bacteria and can give you energy. Well guess what ? It does give me a burst of energy every time I add it in my water. If this apple cider can give a patient with CFS a burst of energy, imagine what it can do for someone who is healthy !
[YEA] I'am so! delighted to have found this site, and the recommendation of ACV- i have been suffereing with ongoing CFS for 11 and a half years, and within that time i always seem to be v. susceptible to picking up viruses, esp. prone to sinus probs. anyhow - this ACV seems to do the trick! it def. put a hold on me developing full blown sinusitus - it seems to diminish the viral flu type aches and pains and definately diminishes the catarrh - seems to kill of the headaches too. i have only been using an Organic Cyder Vinegar bought from the local supermarket, so am assuming if i went to the health food store, the product may work even better - dont know, but all i know is it has saved me taking to my bed - i notice also whilst taking it that i have slightly more energy. anyhow, am so! glad to have discovered it.
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[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] Hi Ted, I have had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for 20 years now and was delighted to read your valuable information and am really desperate for your advise.
I tried your recipe of 2 x tablespoon ACV & 1/4 tspn bicarb Soda and for the first time in 20years felt well with great energy. However, I am now suffering with chronic constipation from the ACV & Bicarb Soda. I am very aware that I have candida very badly too, the other day I consumed raw garlic with lunch and suffered very bad indigestion and again became very constipated. Due to years of food intolerances, allergies and severe hayfever (all year round) I have developed severe poloyps in my nose and am desperate to avoid yet another operation. However, you mentioned lemons in one of your remedies but because of my sensitivities I am unable to take lemons (i live in Australia).I am also aware that I am unable to digest my food should I take something for this.I would love to keep taking your remedies but might need them modified, can you please help me.
Ted, can you also tell me how long I need to take the remedy you suggest and the maintenance dosage I need to take thereafter to maintain my health. Thank you for your time. Warm regards,
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[YEA] I have chronic fatigue and read all about molasses and acv..started taking 2 tblspns of both everyday and seems to be working. My skin is also smoother and healthy looking and I just feel better all over.
[YEA] Mitochondira are organelles in cells that provide oxygen and energy. Their decay and death leads to our decay and death over time. Astragalus protects them! Here is research to prove it: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3291990/ I have found that with chronic fatigue it helps to take 3 capsules 2X a day - not near bedtime. Really chronic fatigue is just adrenal weakness. See Dr. Frank Shallenberger's Youtube vids to learn more about that.
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Just to let people know. I have added some more additional information regarding the ciguatoxin to the Q & A page - "Do I have Chronic Fatigue syndrome." There is also information in the Q & A page - "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Disability." that I added. Please read them if you think you have the disease.
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] I'm on disability and am officially diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, which has been going on for 7 years now and started shortly after I developed mononucleosis.
Six months ago, I stopped using all forms of oil high in either Omega 6 OR Omega 3; switching exclusively to coconut oil, and using also some butter and some olive oil. Due to this switch, I noticed an immediate improvement in my chronic fatigue.
I did that based on othe research of Ray Peat, PhD after YEARS of using stuff like grapeseed oil and fish oil/krill/cod liver oil thinking that I needed the Omega 3's, or in the case of grapseed oil, thinking the high smoke point would save me from oxidation more than other cooking oils would.
I had also hoped the coconut oil would help with weight loss, as I've gained 30 lbs in the past year for no particular reason. It did not help with my weight loss but I noticed a significant improvement within a few days in regards to clarity of mind and energy. In fact, for the first week or so, I felt significantly improved, and thought I was well on my way to being cured. At that point, I was eating 3-5 tablespoons of the stuff each day.
Unfortunately, the polyunsaturated oils do not appear to have been *THE* cause of my chronic fatigue syndrome - at least I don't think so but it takes 4 years for that huge, life-long buildup of toxic unsaturated fatty acids to leave my body - but the coconut oil helped, it reduced my CFS to a more manageable level of discomfort, so I wouldn't stop using coconut oil for anything; nor will I ever be fooled into thinking that take Omega 3's is a good idea again either.
There have been studies done where scientists hypothesized that giving Omega 3's to pregnant women would increase the child's IQ - since we're all under the impression that Omega 3's are the ticket to health and longevity. Those scientists were perplexed and disappointed with the results: There was a significant trend toward the opposite: Lower IQ's in the babies. That is news I can personally use with two daughters in their 20's who are looking forward to building their own families soon. (And yes, I gave them Omega 3's while they were growing up, since they were babies; which I regret.)
(Google Ray Peat - the study I'm thinking of about the pregnant women was a French study, which he mentions in some article or the other.)
But that's getting a bit off topic.
Point is, the coconut oil helped. I usually just use it for cooking but sometimes I'll take a tablespoon or two in the morning, when I feel it will help with my energy and/or appetite.
Still looking for a CFS cure. For the last several weeks, I've been using the Lugol's iodine at 12.5 - 15 mg per day, and am considering working up to higher doses. That has cured my low body temperature and intolerance to cold (icy feet), but it's too soon to know whether it is the cure I'm looking for. I think the Lugol's has helped with brain fog but it's too soon to tell for sure.
Yesterday, I began adding 1/2 tsp baking soda in water 2x a day to see if that helps.
Also, I have become aware of the fluoride connection. I was one of those kids who had white spots on the teeth from flouride treatments, and I have only ever drunk tap water, usually filtered with a Brita. So today I'm going fluoride free and will try distilled water only for the next month or so; and will avoid all other sources of flouride as well.
Will definitely let earth clinic know if any particular remedy gives me my life back.
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[YEA] Hi I have been battling a string of health problems due to chronic stress. The one thing that made everything worse was chronic fatigue. 4 Days ago i could barely get enough strength to get out of bed in the morning. I searched this site for a cure, and found that virgin coconut oil helps. I had bought some a few weeks ago, i started drinking 2 tablespoons a day, it has given me enough energy to get through the day, and be active at work and even enough to go out after work and have a life. It has even helped with my bowel movements. all this after less than a week. I cant wait to see if it can help me with everything else.
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[YEA] I have been taking coconut oil for five or six years now. About five years ago, my daughter,who was in college at the time, came down with mononucleosis. I overnighted her a bottle of monolaurin, the main ingredient of lauric acid, which is only found in any quantity in coconut oil and human milk. My daughter was diagnosed on a Tuesday, she got the monolaurin on Wednesday and on Friday, nine days later she had no symptoms and quit taking it. The following Monday (that's 13 days post diagnosis) she had lab work done and was completely normal. Other dorm-mates of hers had mono for months. Coconut oil, lauric acid and monolaurin supposedly lise the lipid envelopes of lipid viruses and bacteria.
Most colds are caused by lipid enveloped viruses as are a number of major viral infections.
Just last Saturday, a friend of mine called to tell me he had a horrible cold and had made an appointment to see and ENT physician on Monday. I told him to take three tablespoons of coconut oil. When I saw him on Monday, he was obviously fine. He told me he had taken two tablespoons on Saturday and Sunday and was fine on Monday so he cancelled his doctor's appointment.
I take it all the time but every now and then I run out. Usually I will get sick when I do. Then I go get some more. It is particularly effective for sinus infections. I just snort some into my sinus cavities. Most people are amazed when I prescribe it and it works. But I have seen it happen so many times now, I just expect it to work.
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