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Memory loss, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes, low grade fevers, sore throat, inability to concentrate, headaches and fatigue that just won't go away are all symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Though it is believed that a weakened immune system may be the culprit, doctors have already discovered that over 60 % of CFS sufferers also suffer from allergies. Autoimmune disorders, such as lupus, have also been suspect in most diagnosis of CFS. Other suggested causes are low blood pressure, abnormal levels of hormones and brain inflammations.
Although the general public has just started to hear about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, this is not a new disease. During the 1930's through the 1950's many outbreaks of persistent fatigue were reported in the United States and several other countries. In 1988 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidelines for diagnosis of CSF. This opened the way for further investigation in the medical field and today it is known that CSF is a specific condition that cannot be attributed to a single cause.
Since traditional medicine has no magic bullets to treat this disabling disorder, many have turned to herbs and supplements for relief. Vitamin C and caroteniods are being used to restore a healthy immune system. Pantothenic acid is used to give the adrenal glands, which secrete hormones that counteract stress, a boost. Echinacea is known as a powerful immune enhancer and astragalus are great as antivirals. Pau d'arco fights yeast infections which are common in patients with CFS. Licorice, which was used for lingering fatigue in the 1800's, and Siberian ginseng help strengthen the adrenal glands and boost energy. It is suggest the patients with CSF participate in a mild form of exercise such as swimming, walking, or biking. Done in moderation this will aid the CFS patients over all well being.