- Chronic fatigue syndrome is also called Myalgic encephalomyelitis or Systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID). This disease is characterized by extreme tiredness or pain in the whole body. The tiredness doesn’t go away with rest.
- The exact reason of the disorder is not completely understood but there can be a combination of factors underlying it such as stress, any infection, etc.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is often seen among women especially after 40’s. But it can also affect men.
- The disease usually lasts for six months or more. The fatigue worsens with increased physical or mental activity. It thus affects patient’s daily tasks.
CAUSES OF CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
The cause of the chronic fatigue syndrome is not exactly known. But it is speculated that it can be due to a variety of factors:
- Weakened immune system
- Viral infections such as Epstein-Barr virus, human herpes virus, rubella virus, etc.
- Hormonal imbalances
- Physical trauma
- Psychological stress
- Genetic predisposition towards the disease
RISK FACTORS OF CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
There are some factors which make the person more vulnerable to the disorder. These are:
- Women are four times more affected than men
- Family history
- Any recent infection like flu, cold, stomach infection
- Exposure to toxins
- Having any mental disorder such as depression, anxiety
- Early abuse or trauma
- Family problems
SYMPTOMS OF CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
Symptoms of chronic fatigue disorder vary in individuals. It can be from mild to severe. Following are the symptoms:
- Feeling tired all the time
- Muscle ache
- Pain in joints
- Numbness in hands and feet
- Lack of concentration
- Decreased libido(sexual drive)
- Hair loss
- Abnormal heart rate
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Gastric problems
- High stress levels
- Extreme exhaustion after physical exercise
- Vision problems
- Muscle cramps
COMPLICATIONS OF CFS
Some of the complications which arise in chronic fatigue syndrome, if not treated are:
- Increased absents on work
- Social isolation as patient always feels tired
- Lifestyle restrictions
DIAGNOSIS OF CFS
- Chronic fatigue syndrome is a complex disorder, so it is difficult to diagnose.
- The doctor will do a thorough physical examination. He will look for core symptoms of the disease and rule out other health conditions.
- He will ask patient about his feelings, thoughts and emotions and will thus get his psychological assessment.
AYURVEDIC TREATMENT OF CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
- In Ayurveda, chronic fatigue syndrome is called Balakshaiya
- It occurs due to imbalance of the three doshas of the body- vata, pitta and kapha, resulting in health complications.
- Main dosha which is affected is vata dosha. It makes the nervous system weak and thus causes pain and tenderness in the whole body.
- Due to vata imbalance, there occurs cognitive disorders and sleep disturbances.
- Ayurveda focuses on pacifying the vata dosha. It adds rasayan herbs which help in rejuvenation of tissues and increases strength of nervous system. It thus helps in mind relaxation.
- Some of the methods used in Ayurveda are:
- Abhyanga – It is massage with warm herbal oils. It helps in restoring energy.
- Shirodhara – A liquid either decotion or oil is poured over forehead. It helps in relieving stress.
- Yoga – It rejuvenates the body systems
- Panchkarma – It is a detoxification process which eliminates toxins.
- Rasayan therapy – Herbs are given to patient which relaxes both mind and body. Herbs used are – ashwagandha, shilajit, guggul, etc.
CHANDIGARH AYURVED CENTRE’S MEDICATIONS FOR CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
Here are some of the medications which are given for the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome:
- It contains several herbs such as Aswagandha, Shilajeet, Amla, Kesar, Musali, Shatavar, Brahmi Abhrak Bhasam etc.
- It works as an anti-inflammatory, anti- antioxidant, antipyretic and analgesic.
- It also strengthens immune system, thereby removing general weakness of the body.
- It relaxes mind and helps in curing psychological disorders.
- Recommended dose– 1 tablet twice a day after meals
- It contains Shankhpushpi, Dhania, Saunf, Yashtimadhu
- It increases blood flow to the brain and thus increases memory.
- This syrup acts as an anti-depressant and thus helps in reducing stress level
- Recommended dose– 2 teaspoonful twice a day.
Stress care tablet
- Stress care tablet contains Brahmi, Jatamansi and Sarpgandha .
- It is a brain tonic. It thus relieves anxiety and depression .
- Recommended dose– 1 tablet two times a day with normal water.
Re active powder
- Re active powder consists of Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Shudh shilajeet,etc.
- Re active powder increases body’s stamina. It provides extra bone strength.
- It maximizes muscle growth and power . Thus it is very helpful in treating chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Recommended dosage– 1 teaspoon with milk twice a day
- It helps the body to cope with physical and emotional stress
- It is a general health tonic for both men and women.
- It is anti- inflammatory, anti-oxidant and an immunity booster.
- Recommended dose– 3-6grams twice a day with milk
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Care Kit
Dr. Vaidya Karanvir Singh is the younger Vaidya in Chandigarh Ayurved & Panchakarma Centre. He is the fourth generation in his family who is practicing as a general consultant in Ayurved & Panchakarma treatment at Chandigarh. In his practice, he had treated more than 1 Lakh Plus patients worldwide.