Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Between 0.2% and 0.7% of Australians suffer from CFS (also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or ME, and sometimes called the 'yuppie flu'). Those afflicted suffer from incredible tiredness after 'normal' activities. Someone with CFS typically reacts to activity with a bout of exhaustion far out of proportion to that activity. They often have unusual sleep patterns with poor short-term memory and concentration.

The cause of the condition is unknown and there are no specific tests to confirm the diagnosis. In some cases there appears to be a trigger, such as a viral or infective illness. However, whatever the cause, the ongoing symptoms are thought to be due to a disturbance of the nervous system function. There is no proven treatment for CFS, although most people improve with time and often eventually recover completely. In 2002, The Royal Australian College of Physicians released a set of evidence-based guidelines for doctors looking after people with CFS (ABC Health Matters Website).

Therapy


Supplements: Iron, Siberian Ginseng, Co Enzyme Kinesiology

Useful Websites


Complementary Healthcare Council
www.chc.org.au

Alison Hunter Memorial Foundation
www.ahmf.org

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