Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Millions of people in the U.S. struggle with an invisible condition causing unrelenting fatigue that significantly impacts the ability to participate in daily life. As there is no specific diagnostic test and symptoms can be broad, treating chronic fatigue syndrome requires an integrative approach.

What is chronic fatigue?

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can be a debilitating condition, leaving sufferers feeling drained of energy, unable to complete even the simplest of daily tasks. Those who experience persistent and unexplained exhaustion often find themselves on an exhausting search for relief - until they discover functional medicine.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID). In addition to fatigue, individuals with CFS may experience a wide range of other symptoms, including:

  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Sore throat and tender lymph nodes
  • Dizziness upon standing (similar to POTS)
  • Sensitivity to foods, odors, or chemicals
  • Digestive discomfort (bloating, nausea, or inflammatory bowel symptoms)
  • New or worsening depression or anxiety

Many of the above symptoms often worsen after physical or mental exertion.

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Integrative Medicine & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

When it comes to treating chronic fatigue syndrome, conventional medicine can often fall short. Functional medicine takes a unique approach to CFS, viewing it as a symptom of underlying physical imbalances that can be addressed with targeted interventions.

Functional medicine seeks to uncover and treat root causes of chronic fatigue instead of merely providing surface treatments to alleviate symptoms. Through thorough testing and diagnostics, practitioners of integrative medicine are able to identify imbalances in your body that could be causing chronic fatigue—such as inflammation or hormone imbalance—and provide effective care personalized specifically for you.

Underlying Root Causes of Chronic Fatigue

A lack of energy diverted to the body’s cells in combination with inflammation may contribute to chronic fatigue syndrome. The condition may additionally worsen or be triggered by hormonal issues, long-term stress, or an unhealthy microbiome.

  • Viral Infections, such as Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), Candida, mycoplasma, or COVID-19
  • Autoimmunity
  • Leaky gut or microbiome disruption
  • Chronic, low-grade inflammation
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Micronutrient deficiencies
  • Stress or trauma
  • Environmental Factors, such as exposure to toxins, allergens, or mold

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment & Testing

Functional medicine treatment for chronic fatigue involves comprehensive and thorough diagnostics to reveal imbalances that can be targeted with individualized solutions. This approach addresses physical symptoms and underlying root causes alike, including genetic, environmental, and lifestyle considerations.

A functional medicine doctor’s primary goal will be to resolve chronic fatigue by employing various tests and treatments, including:

  • Dietary and supplement therapy
  • Testing for Epstein-Barr virus or other infections
  • Immune support
  • Mitochondria & metabolic support
  • IV Drip Therapy
  • Functional stress relief 

Our holistic primary care practice explores solutions from Western and Eastern medicine to improve your energy levels, decrease pain, help you relax and sleep better, and manage other related symptoms. Additional healing modalities may include:

  • Massage
  • Breath work, mindfulness, and meditation
  • Yoga
  • Acupuncture
  • Addressing the gut-brain connection
  • Treatments for adrenal insufficiency
  • Managing stress through exercise

Supporting Services for Chronic Fatigue Treatment

Chinese Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine has been widely used throughout history to restore balance to the body. Herbal compounds focus on adjusting immune dysfunction, improving energy metabolism, and regulating HPA acid activity without the potential side effects of modern pharmaceuticals. 

Studies show the safety and effectiveness of traditional Chinese medicine is a promising avenue for chronic fatigue syndrome treatment.

Chinese Medicine is an ancient approach to health based on the holistic understanding of the person: what happens in one part of the body affects the whole body and is deeply connected to the mind.

Chinese medicine has been used to:

  • Improve fatigue
  • Relieve pain
  • Promote sleep
  • Reduce stress & inflammation

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