Natural Treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Overview

CFS starts as a persistent fatigue that lasts six months or more. Physical and mental activity may worsen the condition, and sleep does not produce any new energy. Originally dubbed The Yuppie Flu in the 1970s, it is accompanied by four or more other maladies—short-term memory loss or inability to concentrate, sore throat, muscle pain, joint pain, and/or tender lymph nodes. It is a therapeutic challenge, says Naturopath Bharadvaj. But this author explains naturopathic approaches that are proving effective in the ...

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Overview

CFS starts as a persistent fatigue that lasts six months or more. Physical and mental activity may worsen the condition, and sleep does not produce any new energy. Originally dubbed The Yuppie Flu in the 1970s, it is accompanied by four or more other maladies—short-term memory loss or inability to concentrate, sore throat, muscle pain, joint pain, and/or tender lymph nodes. It is a therapeutic challenge, says Naturopath Bharadvaj. But this author explains naturopathic approaches that are proving effective in the treatment of CFS, either alone or in concert with Western medicines.

The reader is guided to a comprehensive understanding of this condition from its controversial history to its growing acceptance and evolving definition. Written from a foundation of scientific research, the book elaborates current theories of the cause of CFS, discusses how the disorder can display in different people, and presents alternative diagnostic methods. Naturopathic medicine, homeopathy, Ayurveda, acupuncture, clinical nutrition, and botanical medicines for CFS are all explained in this excellent resource.

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Meet the Author

DAIVATI BHARADVAJ, N.D. is a Licensed Naturopathic Physician practicing primary care medicine at Alive & Well Healing Arts clinic in Portland, Oregon. Her specialties include treating individuals with chronic fatigue and muscle pain, mood and mental disorders, hormone imbalance, diabetes, heart disease, women's reproductive health issues, and other chronic conditions. In addition to combining compassionate care with a holistic approach, she leads educational talks and interactive workshops on nutrition, foods, herbal medicines and health.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part 1 What Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome!

Chapter 1 Concepts, Controversies, and Conventional Medicine 3

Chapter 2 Etiologies 15

Chapter 3 Stress, Adrenal Fatigue, and Cognitive Disorder 33

Part II How Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diagnosed?

Chapter 4 Standard Diagnosis 49

Chapter 5 Alternative Testing Strategies 55

Part III Natural Treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chapter 6 Nature Cures-Alternative Medicine Modalities 65

Chapter 7 Mind, Body, and Lifestyle 79

Chapter 8 Nutrients 93

Chapter 9 Botanical Medicines 113

Resources 145

References 149

Index 185

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