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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Herbs: 5 Herbs That Can Help You Cope

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What Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a disorder that renders those feeling it effects as so fatigued that even normal daily activities become an exhaustive process. While it can affect anyone, research has shown that it affects twice as many women as it does men. The length of time chronic fatigue syndrome can affect a person varies greatly, ranging from a month, to a few years, to even several years. What causes chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown, but the symptoms seem to be related to a reaction with a person's immune system or a virus. Other risk factors include stress, illnesses with long-term effects, and poor dietary habits.

What Can Be Done For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

It is important to consult with a physician to determine the level of chronic fatigue syndrome that is being experienced. A doctor can go over a person's medical history, do tests and a physical examination, and prescribe medicine used to help lessen the effects. While some options can prescription pills and over the counter remedies, doctors can also suggest more natural remedies such as vitamins and herbs. These alternative medicines can provide a relief from chronic fatigue syndrome, as well as provide greater all-around health benefits.

Five Natural Herbs to Aid in Healing

Herbs are considered a safe way to provide strength and tone to the body's systems. There are several different varieties of herbs to use, including dried extracts (found in teas and in capsule or powder form), glycerites (extracts made with glycerine) and tinctures (alcohol-based extracts). Five herbs to use are:

1.)Ginseng (Panax ginseng) will improve energy. This is one of the most beneficial herbs for the relief of chronic fatigue syndrome.

2.)Echinacea (Echinacea species) will help to stimulate the immune system.

3.)Licorice (Glcyrrhiza) can be used to help stimulate the adrenal glands.

4.)Astragulus (Astragalus memberanaceus) can also help to stimulate the immune system.

5.) Pau d'arco (Tabebuia avellanedae) will help strengthen the immune system.

Herbs Used For Teas

For herbs that will be made into teas, an individual should mix one tablespoon of herbs per cup of hot water. Leaf and flower based mixtures, should take about five to ten minutes, and root based teas should average about ten to twenty minutes for preparation. It is recommended to drink an average of two to four cups of tea a day.

Herbs Used For Aromatherapy

There are various essential oils that can be used for aromatherapy techniques such as jasmine, peppermint and rosemary. These oils are known for their calming and restorative properties and can be used in a bath, an atomizer, or applied to a cotton ball.

It Can Be Worked Through

The symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome affect each person differently. While recovery rates and the causes are unclear, the chances of extended remission increase with continued care. As with any health issue, it is important to check with a doctor to see which recovery techniques will prove to be the most effective.

Sources: http://www.cdc.gov/cfs/cfsbasicfacts.htm

http://www.healthandage.com/html/res/com/ConsConditions/ChronicFatigueSyndromecc.html

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/chronic-fatigue-000035.htm

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