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What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating disorder that causes inexplicable tiredness or lack of energy for a period longer than six months, that cannot be ascribed to any known medical condition. It affects millions of people, occurring mainly in adults aged 20 to 40 years and in twice as many women as men. Life events such as childbirth and menopause as well as socially imposed roles, may confer unique vulnerability to women.

Primary Signs and Symptoms of CFS:

In addition to persistent fatigue, not caused by other known medical conditions, chronic fatigue syndrome has eight possible primary signs and symptoms. These include:

  • Loss of memory and/or concentration
  • Chronic sore throats
  • Painful and mildly enlarged lymph nodes in neck or armpits (axillae)
  • Unexplained muscle soreness
  • Pain that moves from one joint to another without swelling or redness
  • Headache of a new type, pattern or severity
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Extreme exhaustion after normal exercise or exertion

People suffering from CFS, have reported various signs and symptoms that are not part of the official definition of the condition as determined by the International Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Study Group. These include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Alcohol intolerance
  • Bloating
  • Chest pain
  • Chronic cough
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dizziness
  • Dry eyes and mouth
  • Earache
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Jaw pain
  • Morning stiffness
  • Nausea
  • Night sweats
  • Psychological problems, such as depression, irritability, anxiety disorders and panic attacks
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tingling sensations
  • Weight loss

Contributing factors to CFS:

  • Metabolic energy deficiency or NAD Energy Deficiency (NED)
  • Environmental stressors, atmospheric chemical and electro-magnetic pollutants and radioactive outfall
  • Prolonged psychological and emotional stress
  • Chronic septic foci, like sub-clinical dental pathologies

Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Many years of experience proved that a sustained multi-disciplinary approach is the most successful method of treatment.

Such a multi-disciplinary approach will focus on:

  • Lifestyle
  • Physical therapy
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Homeopathy
  • Homotoxicology
  • Phytotherapy

A healthy well balanced life-style is of great importance and has to be established and maintained. This should include:

  • Sufficient sleep and rest
  • Relaxation activities and moderate exercise are most beneficial. This includes yoga, Pilates, a daily walking program, water aerobics etc.
  • Reading positive and life-enriching works
  • Caring for a pet
  • Regular religious activity
  • Physical therapies can benefit CFS sufferers immensely

In our practice we use:

  • Regular osteopathic treatments
  • Regular full-body massages with aromatic oils as dictated by the individual case.
  • Electromagnetic field therapy can be of considerable value and we recommend daily sessions initially until symptoms improve, followed by maintenance sessions.

Diet and nutrition

A healthy diet is crucial for building the immune system to overcome CFS. Avoid all fast foods i.e. foods low in nutrients and high in sugar and fat. Rather concentrate on high nutrient, high protein (fish, free range poultry and nuts), complex carbohydrate foods like vegetables, whole grains and legumes. (Avoid poultry treated with antibiotics and fed with hormonal growth stimulants.)

Eight to ten glasses of pure natural water have to be taken daily (if reverse osmosis water is used, make herbal teas or enrich the water by adding freshly-made vegetable or fruit juice to it).

If candidiases is present, the four-phase diet is recommended. This diet excludes all sugar, alcohol and refined carbohydrates, milk products (lactose), honey, and dried as well as some fresh fruits. No caffeine-containing substances should be taken. The fourth phase of the 4-Phase Candida Diet has proven to be of great value to many CFS sufferers.

If food allergies or food sensitivities are present such allergens should be excluded from the diet.

An in depth-evaluation of nutritional deficiencies is a necessity, preferably by electro-dermal screening and relevant blood tests. Deficiencies should be corrected with high quality supplements.

In CFS it is imperative to measure NAD and NADH levels by having the relevant blood tests done to establish if a metabolic energy deficiency exists, so that the correct NAD nutritional supplementation can be prescribed.

Allergy testing by electro-dermal testing and blood tests, IGE, phadiotop and relevant Rast test are invaluable to eliminate allergens in the diet and the environment to assist with the efficacy of the therapy in general. If the patient presents with a leaky gut syndrome, there is an established protocol that will be implemented to treat this.

Homeopathic treatment:

We endeavour to find the homeopathic similimum; that is, the homeopathic remedy that will cover the symptom picture of the patient in totality.


Homotoxicological protocols for CFS are well-established and has proved to be of great benefit; again the individual symptom picture dictates the remedies of choice.

Phytotherapeutical treatment

Depending on the symptom picture and the condition of the patient a treatment protocol will be planned and the appropriate herbal remedies prescribed. Numerous phytotherapeutic remedies are indicated in the chronic fatigue syndrome treatment program.

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