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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: 10 Ways Alternative Medicine Has Helped Me

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I'm recovering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and for me it's been a naturopathic process all the way. Treatment for the last three and a half years with Dr. Kelly Upcott, ND has been slowly bringing me home.

1. Adaptogens for adrenal and immune support

After my first visit with Upcott I left with a tincture she called "Deep Immune". Its main ingredients of astragalus, licorice, Siberian ginseng and maitake mushroom are adaptogenic.

With the first teaspoon, my face got hot, and felt like it was covered with angry red spots, though the mirror told me it wasn't. This reaction lasted over an hour each time I took my tincture. In time, the affected area shrank to just a small, central circle and eventually disappeared.

2. Acupuncture

Acupuncture helps keep my muscle pain at bay. The bags and dark circles under my eyes are gone, beginning to shrink after the first session. And my rickety right arm and hand respond quickly to my monthly tuneup.

Lately we're doing electroacupuncture. I've had a strong response to this. Once I asked her to turn down the current to the needle in my foot and she replied, "I haven't turned it on yet."

3. Antivirals

I've taken antivirals in drops, in teas, and in food. Ginger as tea. Onions and garlic cooked with as many things as I can stand.

Antivirals like astragalus, licorice and milk thistle were combined with other ingredients in tinctures as well. Though vitamins aren't usually thought of as antiviral, vitamins C and E help make a healthy immune system. Vitamin D3 in particular seems to fight viruses.

4. Dry skin brushing

I've done dry skin brushing with a long-handled loofah. It helps keep the lymphatic system moving, stimulates hormones, strengthens the immune system, stimulates circulation, and enhances the nervous system.

Lightly brush the loofah over your skin, always brushing toward your heart.

5. Essential fatty acids

Omega-3 oil reduces my muscle pain. It's good for the brain, bathing it in omega-3 essential fatty acids, its most beneficent environment.

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