If you are like most people today, your schedule is ready to burst. Chances are you have a busy lifestyle, working long hours, taking your kids to soccer practice, and trying to find a moment to do your daily exercise. It’s hard to remember to walk the dog or call your mom – forget about finding the time to get enough sleep – so you decide to depend on caffeine and adrenaline to survive your week.
Although it is common to feel stressed and exhausted from time to time, if you experience these symptoms all the time, you may have a condition called chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). This disorder causes extreme fatigue and may not improve even with plenty of rest. The flu-like symptoms that are associated with the disorder can last for years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the USA (CDC) discovered the disease in 1988, but its cause remains unknown.
It is believed that chronic fatigue syndrome occurs after an infection or a period of high stress. Although the disease can develop at any time of life, the CDC reports that it is more common among people 40 to 59 years of age. Sometimes CFS is seen in several members of the same family, although there is no scientific evidence to suggest that the disease is contagious. However, researchers suspect that there may be a genetic link to the disease, although more research is needed to confirm if this is true.
Women are diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome two to four times more than men, but it is not clear whether this is because the disease affects more women or more women report the condition to their doctors, compared to the men.
According to the CDC, about one million Americans suffer from CFS. This disease affects more Americans than multiple sclerosis, lupus, lung cancer or ovarian cancer.
Many natural and alternative therapies for the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome have been studied, although more research is needed to support their efficacy in the management of this condition.
One of these treatments is ginseng. The word “ginseng” is derived from ren-shen, a Chinese word meaning “essence of the earth in the form of a man” or “root man”, which refers to the almost human form of the root. Ginseng has been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for more than 2,000 years and is believed to increase appetite and strength, in addition to improving memory and physical performance. It is also believed to help reduce fatigue and stress and improve the quality of life in general.
When shopping at the supermarket, you may come across a popular fruit that has also been studied for the treatment of fatigue: the kiwi.
The kiwi is originally from China, but now it is produced in New Zealand, the United States, Italy, South Africa and Chile. It is rich in vitamin E, serotonin and potassium, and is known to have the highest vitamin C density of any fruit. It has been studied for its benefits for the lungs and the heart of health, but it is also believed to increase energy.
There are also the ever popular supplements of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known for their benefits for the heart and protection against high cholesterol. The omega-3, found in fish oils and vegetable oils and other fruits, have also been studied for the improvement of energy and metabolism. However, more research is needed before reaching a firm conclusion about these benefits.
Another alternative treatment that has been proposed for fatigue is relaxation therapy. Relaxation techniques include several behavioral therapeutic approaches that differ widely in their philosophy, methodology and practice. In general, its main objective is non-directed relaxation. Most relaxation techniques share several components in order to relieve stress: the repetitive approach (in a word, a sound, a sentence or a sentence, a bodily sensation, or a muscular activity), a passive attitude towards the Intrusive thoughts, and a return to attention after a distraction. It has been proposed that frequent stress situations can cause negative effects on health, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, gastrointestinal disorders, or the lowered immune system.
Although these natural therapies have shown promising results for some patients suffering from fatigue, it is important to note that each has a “C” rating of Natural Standard. This indicates that the scientific evidence in favor of its efficacy for the treatment of chronic fatigue is unclear or contradictory, and that further research is needed to confirm its potential benefits.
Remember to consult your doctor or pharmacist before starting any new regimen, including herbs or supplements. A medical professional can help you decide the best treatment for fatigue.
Alternative therapies could be a good way to relieve your fatigue and help you improve your well-being so that you can face your busy day with strength and energy.