Herbal Remedies for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Herbal remedies are sometimes looked at to help to treat chronic fatigue syndrome. Many patients look to herbal therapies when they feel that conventional medicine is not helping them as much as they need it too. Others choose to supplement conventional medicine with herbal remedies. Herbs are particularly useful when it comes to treating a number of viral infections as well as immune suppression that is prevalent in those who suffer from CFS.

Many doctors who advocate herbal remedies recommend that their CFS patients begin with antiviral herbs and combine these types with herbs that help to kick-start the immune system. Herbs that are beneficial for these purposes include Echinacea, licorice and goldenseal.

Once the virus has been gotten under control in the body or has been eradicated all together, the secondary factors associated with CFS are addressed as these bring about weakness in the immune system. These weaknesses include intestinal tract problems, weakness that is brought on by stress, low-level pesticide poisoning, and heavy mercury poisoning such as poisoning due to the mercury used in dental fillings.


The very chronic or severest stages of chronic fatigue syndrome need particular types of herbs such as astralagus (also known as dried root), licorice, Siberian ginseng, and goldenseal. When CFS is in its recovery stage two very beneficial forms of ginseng for patients include panax ginseng and Siberian ginseng.

Be aware that herbal remedies are useful but tend to take effect very slowly in the body. The amount of time it takes for an herbal remedy to work can vary in time, anywhere from a short span of time such as four to six weeks and in other cases it takes a longer period of time such as twelve to eighteen months. This often depends on how long the person has been suffering from the disorder as well as how healthy the patient is in general, in relation to other health conditions.


There are many herbs that can help improve the life of those who suffer from CFS. Echinacea for example is especially effective when a person has an infection as it helps to protect the bodys cells and helps to keep bacteria, viruses and pathogens that are trying to enter the body. Many studies have shown that Echinacea is often very successful at strengthening a weakened immune system as well as warding off the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and helps to bring relief to the patient.

The recommended dose of this herb is 15 to 20 drops dissolved in liquid and this should be taken three times a day for a period of two days. To get the required amount another appropriate dosage would be 300 to 325 milligrams three times a day.


Licorice is beneficial for CFS sufferers but is not recommended for those who have high blood pressure. The necessary dosage is 300 milligrams three times per day (which is 20 to 28 percent glycyrrhizic acid). Lomatium is also effective and aim fro 25 to 35 drops at least three to four times each and every day.

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