Herbs for CFS

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Do any of you use herbs to treat your symptoms?

I've used them for several years after studying herbalism. I really couldn't manage without them and I've had improvements. I used to look like a ghost I'm told and getting out of bed was much harder than it is now.

I rarely get headaches now or diahorrhea, which used to be nearly all the time. I feel more energetic, though I'm still on the road to recovery. It takes time but herbs do gradually heal.

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    I'm wondering what you use for headaches? I've just started using Ashwagandha but its eary days.
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      I think with herbs it is always important to use LIVER specific formulas alongside others.
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      White Willow has pain killing properties and St John's Wort helps, but as I said I hardly ever get them now.
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      Funny you should mention Liver formulas because now and then I do liver detoxes and I'm about to do one soon, using Dandelion, Burdock root, nettles that I harvested from my garden, Slippery Elm Bark, Evening Primrose perhaps.

      And liver flushes with lemons, garlic and olive and coconut oil. It always does me good but I haven't done it for ages. Thanks for reminding me! biggrin

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      Good luck, liver is a VERY important organ to look after. Even though TCM did not work for me, i do still find myself drawn to their concepts of health, and the warm andd cold nature of foods, in TCM raw foods/juices are not recommended, they say the body likes to be warm. I came into my CFS on the back of 2 years juicing and i wonder even though i did feel really good did it have something to do with my illness ? I have not juiced in a good 8 months and have not improved so it might be nothing.
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      I can't see that juicing could be a cause. I've never heard of it doing it to anyone else and I've only ever heard of improvements from ME with juicing. The only thing I can think is that perhaps it could be pesticides in the raw foods?

      I may be being ignorant but does TCM stand for traditional complementary medicine?

       

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      Hi Georgia, TCM=traditional chinese medicine.

      When i was juicing most was organic, impossible to always be organic these days. I loved to juice and i felt so good on it but since my CFS i've just lost faith in it, so am trying other things. Weird journey. I guess if everything else fails i'll go back to juicing eventually... ?

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      Oh of course! Must be having a brain dead day! lol

      I've made smoothies on and off throughout the illness and I feel really good about it but I go through phases of being sicker and not having enough energy or motivation to do the healthy things I need to be doing.

      I'm in a motivated mode at the moment though and I must get back into eating porridge and smoothies. Oh a question for you. I have a cheap juicer, very basic but I've read that it's worth getting a more expensive one. There's a particular sort that juice differently but I can't remember much about it. What do you think?

      And is juicing really better than smoothies or just eating the fruit and veg?

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      Hi Georgia, juicing, they say MASTICATING is best method. I had a masticating juicer and i used it predominantly for greens as centrifugal shreds greens more than juices them. I often found that contrary to what you read the masticating did not produce MORE juice than centrifugal. I had a hurom juicer (which was awful) then a Samson Advanced which was much better. I had a Phillips centrifugal which was good. I think doing both juices AND smoothies best. Juices seem to be really good for detoxing. Lord knows i want to be back juicing again and feeling fantastic !
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    Hi Georgia,

    I had a big belief in using adaptogenic herbs to help with my CFS in the beginning but i have been disappointed in relation to my own experience. I am 8 weeks into a 12 week programme of Herbs (chronic fatigue programme) and rather than getting better on this i have got worse. I also did 3 months with a TCM practitioner including 2 acupuncture sessions/week costing £500 month and again absolutely NO benefits. I don't want to put anyone off trying things CFS is such a varied condition that this might work for you even though it didn't for me.

    I still take adaptogens daily, siberian ginseng, reishi, cordyceps and maitake, shitake, agarius mushrooms. There is good research behind these that they can be very beneficial.

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      Wow that's expensive; I couldn't afford to pay a practitioner, which is why I took some herb courses and other courses so I can heal myself.

      The thing I've found is that it takes a long time with herbs and recovery is slow and almost imperceptable at times. But when I look back at how I used to be 8-10 years ago I can definitely see an improvement. And I have days now where I don't feel ill; they're becoming more and more frequent.

      It takes a great deal of patience as you're aware and I'm glad you haven't given up on the adaptogens. Kudos! razz

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    what things have helped you Georgia ?
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      I use St John's Wort because it lifts my moods. Vervain balances the central nervous system. Valerian helps me to have a good night's sleep so I'm a bit more awake the next day. 

      I have Candida, which I hear a lot of people with ME do, so I use Grapefruit Seed Extract and Myrrh for that. 

      Passion Flower is a very mild sedative that calms me down and makes me feel happier when I get anxiety assocated with the illness. These are just a few of the herbs I use. Ginseng and Kola nut are good for energy.

      I found that Kelp is extremely good for the thyroid. A book I recommend is 'Bartram's Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine' by Thomas Bartram. There's info about ME in it.

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      Thanks, St.Johns wort i may try as i tried it before and it helped my moods and i believe it also has ant-viral properties. I used rhodiola for a while and it lifted my mood but then it stopped working probably because the body builds up a tolerance. Best of luck for 2015 !!
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      Yes it does have anti viral properties. I haven't heard of rhodiola but I'll look it up. I like trying herbs out that are new to me. I hope you have a great year and your health improves! cheesygrin
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