Chronic fatigue or ME is a debilitating condition involving a range of symptoms including fatigue, pain, brain fog, headaches, sore throat, dizziness, palpitations and insomnia. There is much debate about the cause, but one important aspect appears to be immune dysregulation as well as stress, genetic factors and hormonal imbalances.
Chronic Fatigue and Long Covid
Long Covid is emerging as another type of chronic fatigue. It too has symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, recurring infections, palpitations and shortness of breath. These symptoms remain after the Covid illness appears to have waned.
A naturopathic approach for either chronic fatigue or long covid takes a multi-strand approach. It must consider lifestyle and nutrition and may include a carefully selected herbal formula. Herbs selected will depend on the symptoms presented. Selection will also depend on the priorities of the particular individual as to which aspect is most impeding their life.
It may include herbs for sleep, such passionflower or oats; herbs for anxiety such as skullcap and gotu kola or a class of herbs called adaptogens, which are specific to help the body adapt and rebalance to physical or emotional stress. Herbs to support the immune system are also important including elderflower, chinese skullcap, echinacea and elecampane. Which of the above herbs are selected depends very much on the individual involved, any contraindications which may present and how much energy they have.
A good diet, adequate sleep, rest and relaxation, as well as good liver function are also important. Many clients find aggravation of symptoms once any of these go out of balance. It is important, therefore that these are considered as part of any overall action-plan.
If you want to enquire further, just give us a call and we can talk it through further with you. Or make a consultation for a full review of your constitution including which herbs will work best for you. On the basis of this information we will provide you with a formula and an action plan so that you can start your programme immediately. Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment which can be face-to-face or on-line.