Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Date: Tue, 15 Mar 1994 23:43:19 GMT
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From: Christopher Hedley <christopher.GN.APC.ORG>
Subject: Chronic Fatique

> Anyone know a good herb(s) to help with chronic fatigue syndrome?

Chronic Fatique Syndrome usually responds, slowly, to continued use of Restorative Herbs backed up by short bursts of Immune System stimulants- plus lots of loving attention.

My favorite restorative mix is a decoction of Elecampane (Inula helenium), Lovage (Levisticum off.), Cinnamon bark or twigs and Liquorice, ratio 2:2:1:1. A few Cardamoms may be added, to help restore brain power. Take 3 or 4 cups a day.

For Immune system stimulants try Echinacea (E. purpurea is best - and is easier to grow), Ginseng spp. and the fungus Ganoderma lucidum with a little black pepper. These can usually be taken as tinctures. Try 15 drops every 4 hours, 4 days on and 4 days off. Change them from time to time.

For glandular fever (mononucleosis) add a little Poke root (Phytolacca decandra) to the Echinacea, ratio 1:20, and a good Liver herb to the decoction.

In the recovery stages, and for recent onset CFS, take 10 day courses of Sage (Salvia off) tea, 3 cups daily.
Take lots of garlic to avoid new infections.

Christopher Hedley MNIMH, London, England. Good Wishes for your healing.