Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) CFS patients suffer from debilitating fatigue, muscle pains and substantial impairment in short-term memory or concentration, coupled with other minor symptoms.
- Debilitating fatigue
- Muscle pain
- Mental fogginess
- Other minor symptoms
- The exact cause of CFS, including related psychological and biological factors, is yet to be identified.
- CFS can happen because of a stressful event or viral infection. It can also be a fallout of changes in the functioning of the nervous system or the presence of stress hormones similar to those found in depression and anxiety disorder patients.
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that four to 8.7 of every 100,000 adults living in the U.S. suffer from CFS.
- CFS does not appear to be a new illness, although christened only recently. Relatively small outbreaks of similar disorders figure in medical literature since the 1930s. Furthermore, case reports of comparable illnesses date back to several centuries.
CFS: The Modern View
- Modern medicine says stress management and a balance between rest and activity is essential.
- It says drugs that increase brain serotonin, such as Prozac, may or may not be appropriate, depending on the patient.
Ayurvedic treatment of CFS
- Ayurveda attributes the disease to aggravated vata dosha.
- Aggravated vata generates negative effects at the physical and mental levels. Feelings of intense fatigue, muscle cramps and pains are signs of aggravated vata dosha, as also are weakness of nervous system, disturbed sleep patterns, mental fogginess and forgetfulness.
- The Ayurvedic line of CFS treatment envisages the balancing of vata dosha, the adding of rasayana herbs that would work on the symptoms and rejuvenate body tissues, relax the mind and strengthen the nervous system.