Chronic fatigue syndrome (post-viral fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalitis ME) can be totally debilitating for some sufferers. An estimated 250,000 people are affected in the UK alone, the cause is largely unknown and probably varied, and often the only conventional medication available is antidepressants which have less than satisfactory results and often with side effects that add to the suffering.
Sufferers may have been experiencing a wide range of physical and mental symptoms for many months or years. The fatigue is usually not relieved by rest and comes with many aches and pains, memory and concentration issues, food and drink intolerance's and often is accompanied with depression and anxiety.
Although the cause is officially unknown, it appears many sufferers have had either a respiratory or gastrointestinal viral infection earlier in life such as glandular fever, or have experienced a major trauma or exposure to organophosphate pesticides. The result is the immune system is often seen to be overactive.
The impact of this disease can affect every aspect of daily life, with mild forms, patients are still mobile and may be able to work or more severe cases leading to being cared for full time and often wheelchair dependent.
For the homeopath, diagnosis is not specifically important, what is important is the symptoms that you are experiencing and the background information which may help find the cause of the issue. Homeopathy can be really helpful in treating the cause of the problem, or even the cause of the cause. It is important to understand that homeopathy does not cure chronic fatigue, homeopathy is used to help kick start your own internal self healing mechanism which then can begin the healing journey. If you have been suffering from chronic fatigue for many years then chances are your return to health will go through many layers over quite a few months. In some cases, homeopathy may be useful in relieving some of the side effects from conventional medication. Everyone is treated individually, homeopathy is a personalised medicine and each sufferer will have different treatment.
Some of the following remedies may be used in your treatment plan for some of the symptoms you are experiencing:
Gelsemium: Weakness with drowsiness, dizziness, trembling, tremors and twitching, Muscle aches with heaviness. Blurred vision, anxiety, worse in cold damp weather.
Kali phosphoricum: Anxiety, depression, insomnia, nightmares. Illness follows after influenza. Fear of crowds/ agoraphobia. Muscle weakness and aches and pains, worse with exercise, the cold and mental effort. Better from sleep, eating and gentle movement.
Merc sol: sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes and a lot of salivation. Sensitive to hot and cold. Insomnia with restlessness. Deep muscle pain
Phosphoric acid: Weakness and nervous exhaustion with diarrhoea. Listlessness, depression, sensitive. Warn out, pale and thin, blue rings around the eyes. Very chilly, poor appetite but very thirsty.
Zinc: Weakness with restlessness and depression, poor memory, lethargic and irritable. Hypersensitive to noise. Muscular twitching, numbness and coldness.
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