Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that may worsen with physical or mental activity but doesn’t improve with rest and can’t be explained by any underlying medical condition. CFS is a state of chronic fatigue that exists without other explanation for six months or more and is accompanied by cognitive difficulties like problems with short-term memory or concentration.
CSF has eight official symptoms include fatigue, loss of memory or concentration, sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits, unexplained muscle pain, pain that moves from one joint to another without swelling or redness, headache of a new type, pattern or severity, disturbed sleep, extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical or mental exercise. CFS sufferers also will report cognitive difficulties, chronic, often severe, mental and physical exhaustion with additional symptoms including muscle weakness, increased sensitivity to light, sounds and smells, orthostatic intolerance, digestive disturbances, depression as wel as cardiac and respiratory problems. CFS occurs more often in women than men and is less prevalent among children and adolescents.
CFS needs to have an individualized treatment since there is no one specific treatment that works generally for all. Standard alternative treatment modalities in Ayurveda, such as herbal preparations, yoga, pranayama, meditation, dietary modification, relaxation, improvement of the sleep and lifestyle may help to improve the symptoms.
Some Ayurvedic medicinal herbs have been proven to strengthen the body’s immune system and generally regarded as safe for long term therapies. It is advisable to avoid refined foods, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, saturated fats, dairy products and gluten-containing grains. Eat more fresh vegetables, legumes, whole grains (non-gluten), protein, and essential fatty acids (found in nuts, seeds, and cold-water fish). Ayurvedic remedies focus mainly on metabolism and digestion to improve immunity by supplying nutrients to the cells thereby weakening the immune system. To improve the absorption of nutrients Ayurveda suggests drinking of warm water which facilitates dynamic life force to move through micro-channels. Gentle yoga stretching postures without tiring the body and breathing exercises are especially recommended for normalizing the circulation within the brain vessels. Panchakarma, the Ayurvedic detoxification therapy, is used to treat fatigue as it is highly effective in restoring the body to its normal balanced condition.