Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Did you know that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) was originally called Chronic Epstein Barr Syndrome? It is also commonly referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis. If you have CFS it’s likely that at some point you have has glandular fever (mononucleosis) and the Epstein Barr virus, or fragments of it, are still in your system leading to increased cytokine activity, inflammation, sympathetic nervous system dominance (fight or flight), decreased mitochondrial function, dysbiosis of the gastrointestinal tract and possibly IBS.
The symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include debilitating fatigue (worse for exertion), decreased immune function, cognitive issues such as brain fog and forgetfulness, dysfunction of the endocrine system (hormones), pain, unrefreshed sleep, sleep dysfunction and even autoimmune diseases.
Treatment should include antiviral herbs, immune modulation, improving gut function, balancing the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, support of the endocrine system and improving mitochondrial function. A good place to start is by adopting an anti-inflammatory diet (no wheat products, processed foods, sugar, milk products, alcohol or caffeine) or a ketogenic diet. Gentle exercise such as Tai Chi or yoga may help along with deep breathing exercises and meditation.