Chronic fatigue syndrome affects more than just a person’s energy levels. Your mood, cognitive function, pain levels, and ability to sleep can be throw off for days during a symptom flare-up. Are there any home remedies you can try to control symptoms? We’re going to look at 8. Please keep in mind that we don’t endorse any of these 8 home remedies in particular. However, we will conclude the article by introducing you to a natural form of care that has found success in case studies and is bringing hope to those with chronic ailments such as CFS and fibromyalgia.
#1 Valerian Root
Taken as a supplement or as a tea, this naturally occurring plant has been touted as a natural antidepressant. As a result, some chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers swear by valerian root as a way to improve their mood and get a better night’s sleep.
#2 Licorice Extract
Licorice has long been heralded as an anti-inflammatory. It can be taken as a supplement or as a tea. Since inflammation is usually connected with pain, some have tried this supplement to reduce pain levels. Others have used it to combat low blood pressure, a common complaint of those with CFS that sometimes leads to dizziness.
#3 Siberian Ginseng
Siberian ginseng is often suggested to the elderly in order to combat declining mental function such as memory problems. Since this is one of the cognitive ailments that comes along with brain fog, some CFS patients have tried ginseng in order to experience better recall. As an added benefit, some research has also connected ginseng supplementation with having more energy. Just be careful not to take it too late in the day so that you can sleep.
#4 Plant-Based Supplements
There are a number of powdered products that provide green plant-based supplements. Although there is no research connecting the benefits of these supplements to CFS patients, anything that supports immune system health is a good idea because chronic fatigue syndrome has been linked to a suppressed immune system.
This is another supplement that has been recommended to the elderly to help with cognitive function. Since CFS patients often experience difficulty concentrating and remember things, this may be a good supplement to try. How does it work? It is an antioxidant and it also seems to help improve blood flow to the brain.
This is a hormone that is naturally produced in the body to start the process of going to sleep. Therefore, some people take a dose an hour before going to bed. For some, this has allowed them to avoid things like sleep aids that can be addictive and have numerous side effects. As is the case with all supplements, be sure to talk to your doctor before taking melatonin to make sure this is the best way to maintain your sleep cycles, and keep in mind that taking too much melatonin can be extremely dangerous.
#7 Fatty Acids
The two primary forms in which people supplement fatty acids are through flax oil and fish oil. These fatty acids may have benefits when it comes to both immune system function as well as reducing inflammation. Again, both of these are important to CFS patients who deal with pain, inflammation, and a compromised immune system.
#8 Coenzyme Q10
This coenzyme can help your body to naturally produce ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Without getting too technical, ATP is vital to maintaining the body’s energy levels. You get the added benefit of it being an antioxidant that helps reduce aches and pains and boosts immune system function.
That rounds out the list of the top supplements for CFS patients. However, we also want to introduce you to a natural form of care that has been producing real results for many.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Before you say that you’ve already given chiropractic a try and it didn’t help, let us explain what makes upper cervical chiropractic different.
- Focus – All attention is focused on the C1 and C2 at the base of the skull. This is where the most benefit can be derived when dealing with chronic illness.
- Precision – Diagnostic imaging is used to pinpoint the slightest of misalignments and to measure them accurately. This is a vital part of the upper cervical chiropractic process.
- Gentleness – Because adjustments are so precise, they can also be low-force. That means this form of chiropractic is safe for everyone from infants to the very elderly. That’s good news for someone who is already dealing with a painful condition. You don’t need to be popped or twisted.
- Frequency – At first, you may need to be adjusted weekly until your atlas (C1) begins to hold on its own. After that, you can spread out appointments just to maintain alignment. That also makes this a cost-effective form of care. That is something anyone with a chronic illness can appreciate the importance of.
So how does it work? These two bones in the spine protect the brainstem and facilitate blood flow to the brain. Restoring proper alignment can improve blood flow and brainstem function. Plus, it can help regulate cerebrospinal fluid drainage. All of these factors combine to provide benefits for chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers.
If this sounds like a natural form of care that you would like to try, we urge you to find a local practitioner and schedule a consultation. You may be a few gentle adjustments away from significantly improving your quality of life and overall well-being.