What is chronic fatigue syndrome?
Fatigue is a condition in which you are abnormally exhausted after your daily activities. This includes the feelings of having no energy to do things that require constant effort or concentration, or being too weak to perform your usual daily activities. If this condition persists for more than six months, it is chronic fatigue syndrome.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is suspected if more than four of the following symptoms last for more
than six months at the same time:
- Memory or concentration problems
- Pharyngeal pain (similar to a sore throat)
- Cervical or armpit lymph nodes swelling and pain
- Muscle pain
- Multiple joint pain
- Not feeling refreshed even when you sleep
- Experiencing severe fatigue after exercising or working as usual
In oriental medicine, chronic fatigue appears to be caused by a lack of energy and blood circulation in
the body. Treatment focuses primarily on balancing blood to keep the immune system and stamina
away from disease. It usually manages stress, balances nutrition and hormones, and improves on unhealthy lifestyles.
How to help Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Unrefined foods made with polysaccharides are great for battling fatigue. These include:
- brown rice
- whole grains
- vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals
- low-fat proteins
- broccoli and mushrooms
- green fish
- fermented foods such as beans
What to avoid
Stimulating foods such as:
- saturated fats and coffee
- animal fats
- artificial food additives
The best exercise is walking. Start three times a week for 10 to 15 minutes a day, or 40 to 50 minutes a week for two to three months. Swimming improves respiratory and circulatory functions and helps to relieve symptoms.
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