Alternative Treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Those who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) have discovered a few therapies that they swear have helped to relieve their symptoms. Alternative treatments can include one or a combination of exercise, individual counseling, diet and nutrition, support group, acupuncture, dietary supplements, herbal remedies, or hypnosis. As with any therapies, check with your physician before starting anything new.

Besides checking with your physician, it is wise to do some investigating of any alternative therapy before starting.

How To Check Supplements and Products:

Read Testimonials if available

Anything that is advertised as “special” or “secret”, or “exclusive” could be too good to be true and you know what they say about something like that?

Be wary of any program, supplement or group that tells you “not to tell your doctor”.

Be cautious when it comes to pyramid schemes or multilevel marketing products.

Catch phrases to watch out for: “oxygenates your body”, “will detoxify your body”, “cleanser for your body that rids of it of poisons or toxins.”

Be careful of anything that is sold by a physician who is profiting from getting you to buy it there at the office rather than at your local pharmacy.

Meditation and Prayer

Relaxation is important to the healing process and for general wellness. Meditation is a known relaxant. The power of prayer can produce healing, many doctors and other health professionals can attest to that.

Chinese Treatments:

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment that can relieve pain. Microthin needles are used on pressure points on the body. This method can even produce immediate relief from pain. Treatment may need to continue for 2 to 3 months. Acupuncture can be helpful in relieving muscle tension.

Chinese herbs, tai chi and qi gong are also used to help harness energy.

Special Diet

Many Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients have found some measure of relief by excluding refined foods such as sugar, caffeine, alcohol, saturated fats, dairy products (replace with another source of calcium), and gluten-containing grains. Avoid if at all possible artificial colors, dyes and chemicals, including preservatives. CFS patients have also reported that avoiding spicy foods and red meat, also seems to help.


We have found that most patients who have used hypnosis have found that it can help those who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome because common symptoms that many with CFS have are: depression, anger directed at themselves, poor self-esteem, low self-confidence and stress.

Hypnosis also helps with memory and concentration difficulties by helping patients learn new relaxation techniques that although they may not improve memory or levels of concentration; it will help the patient deal with the frustration over experiencing these episodes.

Individual Counseling

When you are dealing with a chronic disease, it can be helpful to have someone to talk with who isnt going to judge you. Someone you do not have to see the next day at work or school. A counselor is someone who is a good listener, and who is experienced guiding patients on paths to healing. Those who have long-term pain often suffer from depression. When seeking the right counselor for you, make sure to ask if they are experienced with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Alternative therapies should be a part of your overall health care plan. Your physician can help guide you to which therapies will benefit you the most.