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CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFS)
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Fatigue is often confused with tiredness. Tiredness happens to everyone. It is a feeling that you expect after certain activities or at the end of the day. Usually, you will know why you are tired and a good night's sleep will remedy the problem.
Fatigue is a daily lack of energy. It is an excessive whole-body tiredness not relieved by sleep. It can last for a short time (a month or less) or may last longer (1 to 6 months or longer). Fatigue can prevent you from functioning normally in your daily activities and can interfere with the way you enjoy activities or accomplish things that you need to do.
Fatigue is not a disorder in itself, but is a symptom. Most illnesses, from the common cold to cancer, are accompanied by fatigue. Fatigue is often the earliest symptom of such health problems as diabetes, candidiasis, anemia, cancer, hypoglycemia, allergies, malabsorption, malnutrition, hypothyroidism, poor circulation, and mononucleosis. Extremely persistent and disabling fatigue is the chief symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome. Fatigue can also occur during pregnancy. Fatigue that is characterized by a lack of energy only may be caused by depression or boredom. Persistent fatigue that is not caused by any underlying illness is usually the result of poor-dietary lifestyle and habits, especially the combination of a high-fat, high-carbohydrate diet and emotional stress. Alcohol, caffeine, drugs, tobacco, stress, and incorrect eating habits are all energy-robbers.
FATIGUE FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Feeling whole-body tired, regardless of enough quality sleep. Lack of energy, decreased energy. Sleeping more than usual, sleepiness. Exhaustion with minimum effort expenditure. Inability to perform normal daily routines. Tired eyes, legs, stiff shoulders, stiff neck. Weakness or feeling of malaise. Boredom or lack of motivation. Increased irritability, nervousness, anxiety, or impatience.
The best way to combat fatigue is to treat the underlying medical cause. Unfortunately, the exact cause is often unknown, or there may be multiple causes.
There are some treatments that may help improve fatigue caused by an underactive thyroid or anemia. Other causes of fatigue must be managed on an individual basis. The following guidelines should help you combat fatigue.
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CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFS)
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is not a disease as such but a characteristic and complex array of symptoms that may mimic other illnesses. The symptoms of this syndrome resemble those of flu and other viral infections, so it is often mistaken for other disorders. In fact, it is often misdiagnosed as hypochondria, psychosomatic illness, or depression because routine medical tests do not detect any problems. The symptoms of CFS may include aching muscles and joints, anxiety, depression, difficulty concentrating, poor memory, fever, headaches, low blood pressure, intestinal problems and pain, irritability, environmental sensitivities, jaundice, loss of appetite, mood swings, muscle spasms, recurrent upper respiratory tract infections, nasal congestion, candidiasis, sensitivity to light and heat, sleep disturbances, night sweats, sore throat, swollen glands (lymph nodes) and, most of all, extreme and often disabling fatigue. Immunological abnormalities that show up on various diagnostic tests are common as well.
The syndrome is 3 times more prevalent in women than in men, and primarily affects young adults between the ages of 20 and 50. In all, there are about 500,000 cases of people in the United States who have a CFS-like condition.
The cause or causes of chronic fatigue syndrome are not well understood. Some experts believe it is linked to infection with the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) and/or cytomegalovirus (CMV), members of the herpes virus family that cause mononucleosis and retinal and gastrointestinal infections. This belief is based in large part on the fact that many people with chronic fatigue syndrome have been found to have high levels of EBV antibodies in their blood, and that many people date the onset of symptoms to a prolonged bout with a viral infection. However, no connection between EBV and chronic fatigue syndrome has ever been proven conclusively. Moreover, it is now known that many people have high EBV antibody levels without any apparent ill effects on their health. Many cases of chronic fatigue occur without any known preceding infection. This has led researchers to look for other possible causes. Some suspect an immune system problem or a defect in the mechanisms that regulate blood pressure.
Other proposed causes of chronic fatigue syndrome include anemia, arthritis, chronic mercury poisoning from amalgam dental fillings, hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism, infection with the fungus Candida albicans, and sleep problems.
Fibromyalgia, a muscle disorder that causes muscle weakness and fatigue, has been found in many people with chronic fatigue syndrome. Intestinal parasites are also comparatively common in people with this condition. It is likely poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, allergies, thyroid function, candida, anemia, and stress, all compromise the immune system, and can contribute to CFS.
Even though chronic fatigue syndrome is not life threatening, it cannot be cured, and it can result in serious damage to the immune system. Some people appear to recover spontaneously, but once you have had this condition, it can recur at any time, usually following a bout with another illness or during times of stress.
The major criteria to distinguish fatigue from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is:
- Persistent fatigue that does not resolve with bed rest and that is severe enough to reduce average daily activities by at least 50 percent for at least 6 months.
- The presence of other chronic clinical conditions, including psychiatric disorders, should be ruled out.
Chronic fatigue syndrome should not be confused with the results of overwork and stress. With CFS, a normal active level of life is impossible to maintain and the symptoms exceed, by far, the normal lethargy or tiredness associated with stressful and hardworking lifestyle.
For more detailed information about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) see:
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Cancer-related fatigue is one of the most common side effects of cancer and cancer treatment. It is not predictable by tumor type, treatment, or stage of illness. Usually it comes on suddenly, does not result from activity or exertion, and is not relieved by rest or sleep. It is often described as a paralyzing feeling and may continue even after treatment is complete.
The following cancer treatments are commonly associated with fatigue:
Other cancer-related factors that can contribute to fatigue are:
- Chemotherapy: Any drug used in chemotherapy may cause fatigue, but it may be a more common side effect of drugs such as vincristine, vinblastine, and cisplatin. Fatigue usually develops after several weeks of chemotherapy. In some people, fatigue lasts a few days, while other people may experience fatigue throughout the course of treatment and even after the treatment is complete.
- Radiation Therapy: Radiation can cause fatigue that increases over time. This can occur regardless of the treatment site. Fatigue usually lasts from 3 to 4 weeks after the treatment stops, but can continue for up to 2 to 3 months.
- Combination Therapy: More than one cancer treatment, when given at the same time or when given one directly following the other, increases the chances of developing fatigue.
- Bone Marrow Transplant: This is an aggressive form of cancer treatment that can cause fatigue that lasts up to one year.
- Biologic Therapy: Biological substances, when used in high amounts, can be toxic and lead to persistent fatigue.
For more information about cancer and cancer therapies see:
- Tumor cells compete for needed nutrients, often at the expense of the normal cells' growth. In addition to fatigue, weight loss and decreased appetite are common symptoms.
- Decreased nutrition from the side effects of treatments, such as nausea, vomiting, mouth sores, changes in taste, heartburn, and diarrhea, can cause fatigue.
- Cancer treatments, specifically chemotherapy, can cause reduced blood counts, which may lead to anemia. Anemia is a blood disorder that occurs when the blood cannot adequately transport oxygen through the body. When the cells in the tissues do not get enough oxygen, fatigue may result.
- Medications used to treat cancer-related side effects, such as nausea, pain, depression, anxiety, and seizures, can also cause fatigue.
- Research has shown that chronic, severe pain increases fatigue.
- Stress can worsen feelings of fatigue. Stress can result from worrying about daily accomplishments or trying to meet expectations of others, as well as dealing with the disease and the "unknowns".
- Fatigue may result when you try to maintain your normal daily routine and activities during cancer treatments. Modifying your activities and schedule can help conserve energy and reduce fatigue symptoms.
- Fatigue and depression often go arm-in-arm with each other. Sometimes it is difficult to tell which symptom started first. You may try to understand your depressed feelings and how they affect your life. If you are depressed all the time, or you were depressed before your cancer diagnosis, or are preoccupied with feeling useless and worthless...you may need depression treatment.
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FATIGUE CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT
Keep a diary for one week (or longer) to identify the time of day when you are either most fatigued or have the most energy. Note what you think may be contributing factors.
Be alert to your personal warning signs of fatigue. Fatigue warning signs may include tired eyes, tired legs, whole-body tiredness, stiff shoulders, decreased energy or a lack of energy, inability to concentrate, weakness or malaise, boredom or lack of motivation, sleepiness, increased irritability, nervousness, anxiety, or impatience.
There are several ways to conserve your energy. Here are some suggestions:
FIGHTING FATIGUE WITH NUTRITION
- Plan ahead and organize your work.
- Change storage of items to reduce trips or reaching.
- Delegate tasks when needed.
- Combine activities and simplify details.
- Schedule rest.
- Balance periods of rest and work.
- Rest before you become fatigued -- frequent, short rests are beneficial.
- Pace yourself.
- A moderate pace is better than rushing through activities.
- Reduce sudden or prolonged strains.
- Alternate sitting and standing.
- Practice proper body mechanics.
- When sitting, use a chair with good back support. Sit up with your back straight and your shoulders back.
- Adjust the level of your work -- work without bending over.
- When bending to lift something, bend your knees and use your leg muscles to lift, not your back. Do not bend forward at the waist with your knees straight.
- Carry several small loads instead of one large one, or use a cart.
- Limit work that requires reaching over your head.
- Use long-handled tools.
- Store items lower.
- Delegate activities when possible.
- Limit work that increases muscle tension.
- Breathe evenly; do not hold your breath.
- Wear comfortable clothes to allow for free and easy breathing.
- Identify effects of your environment.
- Avoid temperature extremes.
- Eliminate smoke or harmful fumes.
- Avoid long, hot showers or baths.
- Prioritize your activities.
- Decide what activities are important to you, and what could be delegated.
- Use your energy on important tasks.
Cancer-related fatigue is often made worse if you are not eating enough or if you are not eating the right foods. Maintaining good nutrition can help you feel better and have more energy. The following are strategies to help improve nutritional intake:
FIGHTING FATIGUE & EXERCISE
- Meet your basic calorie needs. The estimated calorie needs for someone with cancer is 15 calories per pound of weight if your weight has been stable. Add 500 calories per day if you have lost weight. Example: A person who weighs 150 lbs. needs about 2,250 calories per day to maintain his or her weight.
- Get plenty of Protein. Protein rebuilds and repairs damaged (and normally aging) body tissue. The estimated protein needs are 0.5 to 0.6 grams of protein per pound of body weight. Example: A 150-pound person needs 75 to 90 grams of protein per day. The best sources of protein include foods from the dairy group (8 ounces of milk equals 8 grams protein) and meats (meat, fish, or poultry equals 7 grams of protein per ounce). If you are getting insufficient protein, consider taking an Amino Acid Complex supplement containing all the essential and non-essential amino acids.
- Drink plenty of fluids. A minimum of 8 cups of fluid per day will prevent dehydration. (That is 64 ounces, 2 quarts or 1 half-gallon). Fluids can include juice, milk, broth, milkshakes, gelatin, and other beverages. Of course, water is fine, too. Beverages containing caffeine do NOT count. Keep in mind that you'll need more fluids if you have treatment side effects such as vomiting or diarrhea.
- Make sure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals in your diet. Take a whole foods Multivitamin and Multimineral supplement if you are not sure you are getting enough nutrients. A recommended supplement would be a multi-vitamin & multi-mineral supplement that provides at least 100 percent of the recommended daily allowances (RDA) for most nutrients. Vitamin & mineral supplements do not provide calories, which are essential for energy production. So vitamins cannot substitute for adequate food intake.
- Make sure you are getting enough Essential Fatty Acids and Antioxidants in your diet to help support and maintain your immune system and to fight free radicals. Supplements are available to help provide extra support if your diet is lacking. Taking an Acidophilus supplement will help with digestions and replacing any diminished "good bacteria" in the intestines that may have been destroyed through therapies. Supplemental Digestive Enzymes may be suggested to also help break down and assimilate the food you eat.
- Make an appointment with a dietitian. A registered dietitian provides suggestions to work around any eating problems that may be interfering with proper nutrition (such as early feeling of fullness, swallowing difficulty, or taste changes). A dietitian can also suggest ways to maximize calories and include proteins in smaller amounts of food (such as powdered milk, instant breakfast drinks, and other commercial supplements or food additives).
Decreased physical activity, which may be the result of illness or of treatment, can lead to tiredness and lack of energy. Scientists have found that even healthy athletes forced to spend extended periods in bed or sitting in chairs develop feelings of anxiety, depression, weakness, fatigue, and nausea.
Regular, moderate exercise can decrease these feelings, help you stay active and increase your energy. Even during cancer therapy, it is often possible to continue exercising. Walking, if it is possible, is a great exercise. Get outdoors and breath fresh air. This helps to revitalize your system. Take a walk around the block or a park and enjoy the scenery and stop to "smell the flowers" along the way. If you need to rest along the way, find a bench or a stairway to sit on for a few minutes.
Here are some guidelines to keep in mind.
FATIGUE & MANAGING STRESS LEVELS
- Check with your health care provider before beginning an exercise program.
- A good exercise program starts slowly, allowing your body time to adjust.
- Keep a regular exercise schedule. Exercise at least 3 times a week.
- The right kind of exercise never makes you feel sore, stiff, or exhausted. If you experience soreness, stiffness, exhaustion, or feel out of breath as a result of your exercise, you are overdoing it.
- Most exercises are safe, as long as you exercise with caution and do not overdo it. The safest and most productive activities are swimming, brisk walking, indoor stationary cycling, and low impact aerobics (taught by a certified instructor). These activities carry little risk of injury and benefit your entire body.
Managing stress can play an important role in combating fatigue. Here are some suggestions that may help.
FATIGUE TREATMENT CONSIDERATIONS
- Adjust your expectations. For example, if you have a list of 10 things you want to accomplish today, pare it down to 2 and leave the rest for other days. A sense of accomplishment goes a long way to reducing stress.
- Help others understand and support you. Family and friends can be helpful if they can "put themselves in your shoes" and understand what fatigue means to you. Cancer groups can be a source of support as well. Other people with cancer understand what you are going through.
- Relaxation techniques such as audio tapes that teach deep breathing or visualization can help reduce stress.
- Activities that divert your attention away from fatigue can also be helpful. For example, activities such as knitting, reading or listening to music require little physical energy but require attention.
- If your stress seems out of control, talk to a healthcare professional. See Stress for more information.
Colloidal Silver may keep bacteria in check because of its antibiotic and antiviral properties.
Treatment with Human Growth Hormone (HGH) can help to reduce fatigue. See Human Growth Hormone Therapy.
Allergies are often the cause of fatigue. Allergy testing, particularly testing for allergies to molds, is highly recommended. See Allergies for more information.
Hypothyroidism can cause fatigue. See Hypothyroidism for the underarm temperature test to determine if you have a low thyroid function.
Certain colors have energizing effects on the mind and body. See Color Therapy for more information.
Taking regular cold showers may produce an improvement in fatigue symptoms. Many also find improvement with hot baths or showers. Alternating hot-cold water in your shower can be energizing. Every morning upon waking, take a hot-cold shower. Alternate water temperatures in 3 minute intervals, first hot and then cold. Then dry off vigorously to stimulate the skin. Hot-cold showers help boost energy by enhancing circulation and aid the body in removing waste. However, people with heart or circulatory disorders or other serious health problems should not attempt cold or hot water treatment without first consulting with a health care provider.
Amino acids may be beneficial. These include Tyrosine, Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine, as well as Lysine and Taurine.
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A study at John's Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore identified a link between chronic fatigue and a problem in the body's mechanisms for regulating blood pressure. In this study, 22 out of 23 subjects with chronic fatigue were found to have a syndrome in which the body responds inappropriately to periods of prolonged standing - the heart rate slows and blood pressure drops, resulting in light-headedness, followed by a feeling of weakness and exhaustion that can persist for days afterward. A significant percentage of those in the study experienced an improvement when they were treated for this blood pressure problem.
Some research points to chemical and/or food sensitivities and hypoglycemia as possible contribution to fatigue. People living in the past 50 years have been exposed to more different chemicals than all of the rest of humankind combined.
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Evidence is pointing to exhausted adrenal glands and a disturbance in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis, a complex of biochemical controls that coordinate certain basic metabolic activities) as a possible cause of this disorder.
Parasites are common in people with chronic fatigue. Parasitin is a supplement designed to rid the body of parasites.
Family members, friends, and coworkers must understand the nature of the disorder and realize that the person suffering from it is not exaggerating or faking symptoms. Fatigue is not laziness.
Depression can be a major feature of this illness. To combat it, your health care provider may prescribe an antidepressant. Antidepressants commonly recommended for people with CFS include the following:
- Doxepin (Sinequan) is a tricyclic antidepressant that may relieve symptoms of general fatigue, nasal congestion, gastritis, muscle tension and tightness, and insomnia. Other tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline (Elavil) may also be prescribed for people with chronic fatigue.
- Fluoxetine (Prozac) increases the amount of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, a natural chemical that transmits messages from one part of the brain to another. Prozac may help to give people more energy but will not help with sleeplessness.
- Gamma-Globulin Treatment uses a transfusion of an blood product to provide protective antibodies that may be absent in the person suffering from CFS.
People with CFS often suffer from disturbing side effects from prescription drugs. If this is the case, S-Adenosylmethionine (SAM-e) and 5-Hydroxy L-Tryptophan (5-HTP) both work well as antidepressants, help to relax muscle tension, and prevent insomnia.
Some researchers believe that CFS may be hormone-related. Pregnenolone is a steroidal hormone that the body can metabolize into a variety of other vital hormones. It is a precursor hormone to DHEA and most of the other steroid hormones, such as progesterone, testosterone, the estrogens, and cortisol. The body naturally produces about 14 milligrams (mg) a day, but as we age this production drops. It has been found to be a hundred times more effective for memory enhancement than other steroids or precursors, and has been reported to reduce stress-induced fatigue. While it appears to be safe if the dosage is kept between 10 and 100 mg a day, it is recommended that any therapy involving its use be done under medical supervision with the appropriate pre-therapy tests being given to ensure safety.
There are other health problems that can cause symptoms of chronic fatigue, including anemia, cardiovascular disease (especially in women), depression, fibromyalgia, hepatitis, and Lyme disease, among others. Anyone who experiences extreme fatigue that persists longer than a week or two should consult with a health care provider.
If you find no physical reason for your fatigue, you should explore the possibility of a psychological basis and also seriously consider changing your lifestyle.
If you are diagnosed as having chronic fatigue syndrome, it is wise to seek out a health care provider who has specific experience in the management and treatment of this complex condition.
FATIGUE, WEAKNESS & LISTLESSNESS
If you are frequently tired and often feel exhausted during the day even though you are getting enough sleep, there may be a flaw in the way that your body creates and stores energy. Energy production takes place at the cellular level.
The mitochondria, tiny structures within the cells often called the power plants or power houses of the cell, release energy as they break down fuel. Cells from metabolically active tissues, such as the liver, contain thousands of mitochondria. If you are unusually fatigued, you may be lacking vitamins, minerals, enzymes or oxygen needed for metabolism. This lack can slow down cell division, which results in a feeling of listlessness. Fatigue may also be caused by a specific condition, such as anemia, low blood pressure, chronic infections or liver disease, and should be evaluated by your health care provider. Fatigue is a warning sign from your body that should not be ignored. Do not try to treat it with caffeine or other stimulants.
What you can do when you are feeling overcome by fatigue, you should try to achieve a healthy balance between exertion and relaxation in your daily routine. Exercising in the morning is a particularly effective way to increase vitality. A healthy diet that contains plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables will supply the nutrients needed to help combat fatigue over time.
Acacia, Cayenne (capsicum), Ginkgo Biloba extract, Gotu Kola, Guarana, and Siberian Eleuthero Ginseng help combat fatigue. Caution: Do not use Siberian ginseng if you have hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, or a heart disorder.
Astragalus and Echinacea enhance immune function and are good for cold and flu symptoms. Caution: Do not use astragalus in the presence of a fever.
Fresh Black Walnut hulls, Garlic, Gentian root, fresh Ginger root, Neem leaves, Quassia bark, and fresh Wormwood all help to rid the body of parasites, a common problem for people with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Teas brewed from Burdock root, Dandelion, and Red Clover promote healing by cleansing the blood and lymphatic system, as well as enhancing immune function. Combine or alternate these herbal teas, and drink 4 to 6 cups daily.
SAGE WINE TO BOOST ENERGY
Steep 4 ounces of sage leaves in 1 quart of dry red or white wine. Let it sit for one week at room temperature; then strain out the leaves. Take 2 tablespoons daily after your main meal. This stimulates the cardiac and circulatory function and corrects the tendency toward increased perspiration that occurs in many people who suffer from fatigue.
Use Goldenseal to control infection. Echinacea is helpful for immune function support. At the first signs of a sore throat, take a few drops of Goldenseal-Echinacea Extract, hold it in your mouth for a moment, then swallow. Caution: Do not take Goldenseal on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, and do not use it during pregnancy. If you have a history of glaucoma, use Goldenseal only under a health care provider's supervision.
Ginkgo Biloba improves circulation and brain function.
Kava Kava, Skullcap (Scullcap), and Valerian root all improve sleep.
Licorice root supports the endocrine system and increases cortisol levels by blocking the action of an enzyme that breaks it down. Adrenal exhaustion leads to low production of cortisol and Licorice may prove to be beneficial for CFS sufferers. Caution: Do not use this herb on a daily basis for more than 7 days in a row. Avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure.
Milk Thistle protects the liver.
Olive Leaf has antibiotic and antiviral properties, and helps fight infections. Olive Leaf Extract is available in capsule form or can be prepared in a Olive Leaf Extract Tincture.
Pau D'Arco, taken in capsule or tea form, is good for treating candida infection.
St. John's Wort has antiviral properties and is a good antidepressant. St. John's Wort can be used for energy. The essential oil of St. John's Wort alleviates fatigue and exhaustion and clears the mind. It can also improve concentration. Mix 3 drops of the essential oil with 1 quart of non-sparkling mineral water. Drink a glass of this water whenever you feel the need to increase your energy level.
Alfalfa leaf made into a tonic relieves fatigue, stress & sleeplessness and provides many essential nutrients.
Ginseng is considered to be the "King of all Tonics" as it provides stimulation to the entire body for stress, fatigue, weakness, and deficiencies. It stimulates and improves the brain cells and is especially stimulating for mental fatigue.
Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) promotes vitality and strength. Ashwagandha is one of the most highly regarded and commonly used adaptogens in the Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia. Maximizing the bodies ability to resist stress, it enables the body to reserve and sustain vital energy throughout the day while promoting sound, restful sleep at night. Certified organic Ashwagandha Root powder is a well-known rejuvenating tonic used in Ayurveda for stress-induced fatigue, nervous exhaustion and general debility. Strengthens and nourishes both mind and body.
Bach Rescue Remedy contains five flower essences: impatiens, star of Bethlehem, cherry plum, rock rose, and clematis to help balance the emotions, relieve stress, and reduce fear and nervousness in stressful, traumatic or emergency situations. Bach Rescue Remedy Spray is for times to help balance the emotions, relieve stress and reduce fear and nervousness.
Back To Youth, TCM Formula (Congrong Huanshao) is made of extracts from prepared rehmannia root, common yam, achyranthes, wolfberry, dogwood fruit, poria, salty eucommia bark, polygala prepared with licorice, roasted morinda, schizandra fruit, salty fennel, chinquapin seed, cistanche, acorus root and common jujube fruit, chinese herbs for aging.
Bee Pollen capsules contain a high quality Bee Pollen blend from Europe and China and contains a wide range of nutrients. Bee Pollen With Siberian Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) capsules can improve overall vitality and endurance, especially when active and demanding lifestyles create fatigue or reduce work capacity and concentrate.
Bee Propolis, a resin collected from plants by bees and used in the construction of hives, is a medicinal marvel of the hive. Research shows it has antiseptic, antibiotic, antibacterial, antifungal, and even antiviral properties.
Senna herbal tea is a herbal laxative that works with the body to gently promote regularity and the excretion of toxic substances which contribute to fatigue.
Bilberry herbal extract is high in the bioflavonoid complex anthocyanosides. Bilberry Extract supports healthy vision by providing essential, important antioxidants.
Elderberry has been used in folk medicine for centuries to treat influenza, colds and sinusitis, and has been reported to have antiviral activity against influenza and herpes simplex.
Brewer's Yeast has been shown to help people having difficulty sleeping, fatigued, and diarrhea caused by Clostridium Difficile. It is high in protein and a good source of B-vitamins, helpful in managing stress, nerves, and neurologic concerns.
Brigham Tea was used by early settlers for energy and lung ailments. Brigham Tea was also used anciently to promote circulation.
Cat's Claw Bark (Uncaria tomentosa) was reputed to be a super drug in the Andean region of South America. It has a long history of indigenous use for arthritis and rheumatism as well as other types of inflammation associated with various stomach disorders and ulcers where it was clinically shown to be effective. Cat's Claw Bark is a traditional tonic herb for well being, Cat's Claw was historically used by the indigenous people of South America to stimulate the immune system in a variety of serious ailments. Cat's Claw extract, also known as Una de Gato is derived from the bark of plants wild-harvested in Peru and Brazil. It reduces inflammation in arthritis, protects the body from harmful substances, supports the body while undergoing cancer treatments, helps to boost the immune system. Cat's Claw is a rain forest herb that grows in the Peruvian Amazon. It has been used by native healers for many years.
Catuama combined in an invigorating formula containing extracts of Catuaba, Muira Puama, Guarana and Ginger. Taken in the morning Catuama has become an integral part in the daily practice for the promotion of wellness and healthy metabolism.
Chaparral (Larrea tridentata) tea is a traditional Native American treatment for cramping pains, joint pains, and allergic problems. Modern research has revealed that Chapparal's nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA) has potent anti-inflammatory activity, possibly due to its ability to block the actions of the enzyme lipoxygenase. This enzyme creates pro-inflammatory chemicals known as prostaglandins; by blocking this process chaparral may be helpful for inflammatory conditions.
Citronella essential oil can be used as a natural mosquito repellent. Mosquitos carry a variety of blood-borne diseases that can contribute to chronic fatigue problems. An ounce of prevention is always worth a pound of cure.
Healing Clays are naturally absorbent and extremely gentle on the system, clay can treat ailments affecting digestion, circulation, menstruation, and the liver, skin, and prostate. Clay also remedies symptoms of arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, gum diseases, and migraines. Healing clays should be of food quality and can be used internally and externally to absorb and eliminate toxins. If using internally, be sure to carefully follow use instructions to prevent intestinal blockage problems.
Comfrey Leaf is one of the most well-known healing plants, especially for its ability to heal tissue and bone. Comfrey contains allantoin, which promotes the growth of connective tissue, bone, cartilage, and is easily absorbed through the skin.
Cordyceps is used clinically to build and support immune function in various immune compromised conditions including chronic fatigue, cancer, and respiratory conditions.
Dandelion Root (Taraxacum Officinale) is known as a blood purifier used for liver and kidney disorders. Dandelion root also contains nutritive salts to build up the blood and is very useful for skin problems and diseases.
Dong Quai used as a tonic is an effective and organic way to lessen fatigue, restore your energy and balance a woman's hormones.
Siberian Eleuthero Ginseng (Eleutheroccocus Senticosus) is suitable for women as well as men. It improves cerebral circulation and detoxifies the blood. Considered one of the best tonics. Protects against radiation damage, stress, fatigue, high blood sugar. Eleuthero increases endurance and balances hormones. An energizing formula includes Siberian Eleuthero and Bee Pollen.
An energizing tea is formulated to help ladies get into an intimate mood. It is made with Black Cohosh, Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba, Black Cumin Seed, St. Johns Wort, and Gotu Kola. Other herbs may be added to energizing blend as needed,
Flaxseeds are an important source of polyunsaturated fatty acids, including Omega-3, plus Magnesium, Zinc and dietary fiber. Flaxseed oil from flaxseeds is the richest known source of linolenic acid.
Fo-Ti Root (Polygonum multiflorum) is known in China as Ho-Shou-Wu, He Shou Wu and Shou Wu Pian and is considered one of China's four great herbs, which is often used on an alternating basis with Ginseng.
Goji Juice, also known as Wolfberry juice, is a soothing yet powerful health promoting tonic. Goji Juice is a Tibetan secret used in ancient recipes that provided many natural benefits. Wolfberry (Goji) has healing benefits of nourishing and strengthening the eyes, liver, kidneys and nourishing the blood.
Gotu Kola rebuilds the energy reserves, and is useful after a nervous breakdown and to help prevent nervous breakdown. Gotu Kola is used for anorexia nervosa; fatigue; high blood pressure (hypertension); hormone imbalance; menopause; menstrual cramping; mental fatigue; senility; stress; and vitality.
Green Phyto Foods is a potent vegetarian blend of 30 nutrient dense superfoods containing a variety of vitamins, minerals, fiber, chlorophyll, enzymes, and herbs.
Green Tea Decaf Kombucha from Yogi Tea uses the same delicious recipe as our Green Tea Kombucha but is naturally decaffeinated. Immune support from Green Tea Kombucha Yogi Tea is based on an ancient remedy and offers a convenient form of Kombucha designed for daily use.
Green Tea inhibits cancer growth, kills cancer cells, lowers LDL cholesterol levels, inhibits abnormal clotting (reducing heart attack risks), burns calories, and prevents tooth decay.
Guarana Seed (Paullinia Cupana) is a creeping shrub native to the Amazon (and particularly the regions of Manaus and Parintins). In the lushness of the Brazilian Amazon where it originates, it often grows to 12 meters high. The fruit is small, round, bright-red in color, and grows in clusters. As it ripens, the fruit splits and a black seed emerges - giving it the appearance of an "eye" about which Indians tell legends. Guarana seed powder is among those organic herbs that are very strong stimulants and it is a primary ingredient in a popular Brazilian soft drink.
Horny Goat Weed, native to China, got it's name when a goat herder noticed that after his goats ate a certain weed they would become increasingly promiscuous. Horny Goat Weed was first described in ancient classical Chinese medicinal texts an aphrodisiac which was used to increase libido in men and women, and improve erectile function in men. Even though the exact way that Horny Goat Weed Extract works remains unknown, the plant has long been employed to restore sexual fire, boost erectile function, decrease fatigue and lessen menopausal discomfort. Horny Goat Weed combined with Maca, provides a serious boost to men or women who need it. Based on the latest scientific research into performance and well-being.
Jiaogulan herbal tea provides all the remarkable benefits of jiaogulan with this slightly bitter, slightly sweet tasting tea. Jiaogulan is a plant that grows wild in south central China with a composition and function similar to ginseng. It is an adaptogen that boosts the immune system to help prevent numerous illnesses and antioxidant, but unlike Ginseng, it also contains many health-giving saponins, trace minerals, amino acids, proteins, and vitamins. For hundreds of years it has been used as a medicinal and energizing tea and is referred to as the "Immortality Herb". It is an anti-inflammatory, detoxifier, expectorant and bronchitis remedy. It increases endurance and strength, and relieves fatigue.
Juniper Berry (Juniperus Communis) as an essential oil has been used as a fragrance since ancient times and was thought to purify the air where it was used. It has a pleasing floral aroma that is uplifting and stimulating.
Kava Kava tea provides stress relief and helps you calm down as it relieves stress, anxiety and minor pain, as well as lending gentle support to the digestion and the kidneys.
Kola Nut is a members of the same family as the Cocoa Bean. Kola Nuts contain caffeine and are used as stimulants. The nut is usually soaked in alcohol to make tincture. May be taken as a tea, although bitter, and the powder can be taken as a capsule. Commerically, it is now mainly used as a flavoring agent.
Korean Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) is used for general debility, fatigue, for pacifying the nerve system and nourishing the brain and for immunity support, energy, mental power, alterness. In traditional Chinese medicine ginseng is said to promote yang energy, improve circulation, and restore balance and strength. Ginseng is a known adaptogen, which helps the body adapt to stress, and to help balance itself. A vast amount of research has been done over the last 20 years that has gone a long way in proving that ginseng does have properties that improve memory, mental acumen, and in relieving stress and fatigue. The German E Commission has noted that used as a tonic, it may help fortify and invigorate in times of fatigue, or in times when great concentration may be needed. Panax Ginseng (Korean Ginseng) Herbal Tea is for general debility, fatigue, for pacifying the nerve system and nourishing the brain and for immunity support, energy, mental power, alertness.
Licorice root is taken orally (DGL form) for ulcers, heartburn (esophageal reflux), and mouth sores. Scientists have shown that Licorice has an effect on the adrenals, helping to stimulate glucocorticoid production. In excess, this leads to the side effects now recognized for Licorice. Recognizing these effects described for and related to Licorice, Riccardo Baschetti of Padova, Italy, sent a letter to the New Zealand Medical Journal reporting his own success in treating his own case of chronic fatigue syndrome with licorice root. Citing the work of Dr. Mark Demitrack of the University of Michigan Medical Center who had published a number of papers related to mild glucocorticoid insufficiency in chronic fatigue syndrome patients who do not have symptoms of Addison's disease. Mr. Baschetti, put two and two together. If his theory is correct, it occurred to him that Licorice consumption, which potentiates glucocorticoid hormone action, might be useful in chronic fatigue syndrome. His chronic fatigue syndrome had persisted for 20 months with unsatisfactory results with various treatments. He then started taking Licorice at a dose of 2.5 grams / 500 mL/d in milk. After a few days of his Licorice therapy, his physical and mental stamina returned (though his lymph nodes did not reduce significantly in size).
Lobelia (Lobelia Inflata) is an analgesic, antispasmodic, astringent, and decongestant herb. Lobelia has been used as a respiratory stimulant for chronic bronchitis and spasmodic asthma. It is also used as a blood cleanser and has been used to lessen the effects of epilepsy, diphtheria, and tonsillitis. The oil of Lobelia has been a valuable resource in treating tetanus. Lobelia is also used as a sedative. Externally, an infusion of Lobelia can be used to treat ophthalmic disorders, and the tincture is used as a topical for sprains, bruises, or skin diseases. It has also been suggested that Lobelia may reduce cravings and nervousness associated with smoking withdrawal.
Maca (Lepidum Meyenii) is used to increase energy and support the immune system. Maca can help a number of conditions from fatigue to frigidity.
Neem has traditionally been used to purify the blood, cleanse the liver and support the immune system. It is also commonly used for a variety of skin irritations and inflammations, and to support healthy blood glucose levels.
Umcka (Pelargonium Siodides) is a species of geranium used to treat coughs and respiratory ailments. Pelargonium is rich in phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals and amino acids that enhance the body's functioning and protects it against diseases. Umcka shortens the duration and reduces the severity of, symptoms associated with the common cold and throat, sinus, and bronchial irritations. It shortens the duration and reduces the severity of other upper respiratory symptoms as well. Umcka preparations are available as extracts
Prickly Ash (Xanthoxylum Americanum) is an alterative, antispasmodic, blood purifier and stimulant. The Prickly Ash is a small North American tree growing in the open air in this country. The extract may act as a stimulant for when the body was feeling sluggish, and historic medicinal use has included use for chronic rheumatism, typhoid and skin diseases and impurity of the blood, as well as for digestive ailments. It is used in a similary way to Cayenne, but suggestedly it is slower acting and longer lasting. Prickly Ash is a great addition to a formula when a tonifying and supportive alternative is needed to rejuvenate the body.
Royal Jelly is abundant in carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, proteins, various enzymes, flavonoids, and nucleic acids. Natural medicine uses this secretion as a potent strengthening agent and as a nutritional supplement. Because of the protein, fat and carbohydrates contained in royal jelly, it is especially nourishing and strengthening. Its very potent healing power comes from its vitamins and minerals and from certain substances that are similar to hormones. For this reason, royal jelly is also used as a nutritional supplement for patients suffering from colds or general weakness. It is effective for those with weak hearts and circulation. For those who have difficulty concentrating or have a faulty memory, it is thought to give a boost to the immune system. It is useful for bronchial asthma, liver disease, pancreatitis, insomnia, stomach ulcers, kidney disease, bone fractures, and skin disorders, and it strengthens the immune system. Royal jelly also stimulates the appetite in children and the elderly.
Red Reishi Mushroom is called Ling Zhi and it is believed to be one of the ingredients for youth elixirs. Reishi has been known to have many functions and has been the subject of a great deal of research in recent years. Reishi is used as a tonic to help increase energy, improve digestion and sleep, strengthen resistance to disease, and regulate the immune system. It is widely used to improve the cardiovascular system, lower HDL (the "bad" cholesterol), and reduce excess fatty acids. Also, Reishi has been shown to prevent and treat hardening of the arteries, angina, and shortness of breath associated with coronary heart disease. Japanese doctors routinely prescribe Reishi for memory loss, insomnia, hyperlipidemia, chronic bronchitis, and a whole range of degenerative diseases of the elderly, including disorders associated with senility. There is some evidence to suggest that Reishi can help treat altitude sickness and chronic hepatitis B. It has also been used in chemotherapy and HIV support treatments.
Rhodiola root extract (Rhodiola Rosea) is a commonly used herb to boost the immune system and boost energy levels naturally and supports memory and mental clarity. An adaptogen, Rhodiola comes from Arctic regions and has been shown to increase energy, physical endurance and well-being. It has a reputation for stimulating the nervous system, decreasing depression, enhancing work performance, eliminating fatigue, and preventing high altitude sickness. Claims are made that Rhodiola acts as an antidepressant and and anti-cancer agent. It may also protect the cardiovascular and central nervous systems. It can help shorten recovery time after prolonged workouts, increase attention span, memory, and strength, and has antitoxic effects. Studies using proofreading tests have demonstrated that Rhodiola enhances memorization and concentration ability over prolonged periods. It has also been shown to increase anti-tumor activity by increasing the body's resistance to toxins.
Samento (Unicaria Tomentosa) is beneficial in the treatment of a wide range of immune system related conditions; these include but are not limited to cancer, arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, allergies, ulcers, systemic candidiasis, all forms of herpes, diabetes, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, intestinal disorders and HIV infection.
Seabuckthorn seed oil is a rare source of vitamin E. Seabuckthorn is considered an antioxidant-rich superfruit and is widely popular as a general skin healing and overall health boosting botannical. The oil also provides other vitamins including Vitamins A, C, D, K, etc, carotenoids, flavonoids, phytosterols, amino acids, serotonin and 28 trace elements: iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, selenium, iodine, etc.
Sea Salt offers excellent flavor to fine food with the benefits of ocean minerals.
St. John's Wort herbal tea is made of wild St. John's Wort and can be combined with Siberian Eleuthero Ginseng. These herbs tonify the nervous system, ease anxiety and depression, and support the immune system. St. John's Wort is mainly used for the treatment of mild to moderate depression. It can also be used for chronic insomnia and anxiety related to depression.
Sutherlandia (Sutherlandia Frutescens) powerfully assists the body to mobilize its own immunological physiological resources to cope with diverse physical, mental and chemical stressors.
Valerian is most known for its sedative effect on the central nervous system. It is used for anxiety, nervous tension, insomnia, and general stress symptoms.
Wheatgrass powder in a fine grind is easy to mix. Add a tablespoon of wheat grass powder with your favorite juice, water or smoothie. Wheatgrass is known to be an alternative cancer therapy. Drinking it in the juice form helps your body build red blood cells which carry oxygen to every cell in your body. Increasing the oxygenation in your body will also help offset smog and carbon monoxide. Wheatgrass increases your endurance during physical exercise. It also cleanses drug deposits from the body, purifies the blood and organs, and counteracts acids and toxins in the body. Wheatgrass aids in the rejuvenation of the body and the metabolism of nutrients. The chlorophyll in Wheatgrass increases the body's resistance to illness.
Yerba Mate has a stimulating effect on metabolism, without the jitters like caffeine. A faster metabolism not only means you burn more calories, it means you turn more calories into energy. Yerba Mate has a stimulating effect on metabolism, without the jitters. A faster metabolism not only means you burn more calories, it means you turn more calories into energy. Try Lemon Yerba Mate Tea. As it stimulates the metabolism into turning more calories to energy, it simultaneously soothes the nervous system. You feel less nervous and anxious, and you are better able to resist physical and mental fatigue.
Yohimbe is often used for impotence and sexual dysfunction. Yohimbe can also be used for high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, angina pectoris, and as a local anesthetic. Yohimbe has also been shown to elevate mood, reduce anxiety and depression, prevent heart attacks, and help build muscles. It has also been recommended in small doses for use as an anti-depressant, but its effectiveness is not certain.
DIET & NUTRITION RECOMMENDATIONS
Eat a well balanced diet with carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals and trace elements to combat fatigue. This should consist of 50-percent raw foods and fresh "live" juices. The diet should consist mostly of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, raw seeds and nuts in your diet. Eat less red meat and more skinless turkey and some deep water white fish. These quality foods supply nutrients that renew energy and build the immunity.
SNACK ON NUTS & FRUITS
Avoid sweet pick-me-ups. While sugar is quickly digested and enters the bloodstream immediately, after a brief energy spike, the blood sugar level falls, leaving you feeling more fatigued than before. Moreover, high sugar consumption burdens the pancreas. Instead of sweets, you can eat nuts and fresh and dried fruit in moderation to provide steady energy and help you concentrate.
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Add some form of Acidophilus to your diet, and regularly consume soured products such as yogurt and kefir. Many people with chronic fatigue syndrome also are infected with candida. Acidophilus helps to keep candida under control.
MoonDragon's Nutrition Recipes: Homemade Yogurt
Consume plenty of quality Water - at least ten 8-ounce glasses a day - plus juices, preferably freshly made vegetable juices. Drink a full glass of water at least every 2 waking hours. Water flushes out the toxins and aids in reducing muscle pain.
Avoid energy-robbers like sugar, alcohol, chocolate, fats, caffeine, white flour products (such as bread and pasta), and highly processed foods. Chocolate, soft drinks, caffeine, and highly processed foods deplete the body of magnesium, which leads to fatigue. Magnesium is important for people with CFS. Do not eat shellfish, fried foods, junk foods, stimulants like coffee, tea and soft-drinks and products containing yeasts. You may find this difficult because people with CFS generally have food cravings for sugar and carbohydrate products, and could also develop a craving for alcohol, but it is important.
Manganese for energy production. An insufficient supply of manganese can reduce the enzyme activity that takes place within the cells, leaving you feeling very fatigued, nervous and irritable. This trace mineral also helps to detoxify the liver and therefore aids the body in removing harmful substances from your blood. Manganese is found in beans, brown rice, blackberries, pineapple, tofu, walnuts and sunflower seeds. The daily requirement is 2 to 5 mg. Peas also contain manganese as well as biotin. Both minerals stimulate the body's production of glucose (blood sugar), helping to provide energy for the brain and central nervous system.
Make sure that the bowels move daily, and add Fiber to the diet. Give yourself an occasional cleansing enema.
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MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Colon Cleanse
MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Colon Cleansing Enema
Get regular exercise and adequate rest. If you are overweight, take measures to reduce your weight to normal. See Obesity for more information.
Take Chlorophyll in tablet form or obtain it from the liquid of vegetables, such as a "green drink" from leafy vegetables, Wheatgrass, or Kyo-Green dietary supplements. Chlorophyll is a unique substance found in all green plants and is sometimes called the blood of plant life. Identified as sodium-copper chlorophyllin, this water soluble extract may also be derived from Alfalfa. Green Algae Chlorella is helpful as a support for long-term debilitating systemic conditions which lower energy and resistance; such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, allergies, and infections. Barley Grass powder is gluten free and a natural source of chlorophyll and has more fiber content than bran.
MoonDragon's Nutrition Therapy: Juicing
MoonDragon's Nutrition Therapy: Green Goddess Juice
Take a Protein supplement from a vegetable source. Spirutein is a good protein drink to take between meals. Take spirulina tablets three times a day with Bee Pollen, Octacosanol, 3,000 mg of Vitamin C, and Free-Form Amino Acid Complex. This has been used for fatigue with good results.
Multi-Enzyme Complex to help with proper digestion. Enzymes are protein based substances found in every cell of every plant and animal.
Boron is essential to bone metabolism and calcification of bones, and helps prevent osteoporosis, arthritis, and tooth decay. Boron is necessary for cartilage formation and repair; it affects calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus levels. Memory and brain function can be improved with boron.
Calcium is one of the most essential of the major biochemical elements needed in human nutrition. It is needed in every organ of the body, including the brain. Calcium is called the "knitter" because it promotes healing or knitting everywhere in the body. It is valuable for tone, power, strength, longevity, vitality, and endurance, healing of wounds, counter-acting acids, and helping regulate metabolism.
Chromium helps the body regulate metabolism, regulate insulin and blood sugar levels, helps the body lose weight by stimulating enzymes that metabolize glucose, burns fat. Chromium deficiencies may contribute to Infertility and decreased sperm count.
Cobalt is an important agent of Vitamin B-12. It increases the body's ability to absorb it. Cobalt stimulates many enzymes of the body and normalizes the performance of other body cells.
Coenzyme Q-10 is an all around antioxidant nutrient for all around health. Latest research supports CoQ10 as a heart strengthener, energy promoter, aging fighter and much more. It is an amazing antioxidant that helps with heart failure, hypertension, coronary artery disease, high cholesterol levels and other diseases. As an active contributor to all aspects of cellular function, CoQ10 has become universally regarded as one of the most vital nutrients ever made available to the public.
Copper influences protein metabolism and general healing, improves Vitamin C oxidation and is integral in the formation of RNA.
5-HTP, also known as Hydroxy Tryptophan is an amino acid and precursor to serotonin, a brain chemical responsible for regulating mood, appetite, behavior, and sleep. 5-HTP may help elevate mood, control appetite, and promote better sleep.
Flor Essence Formula Tincture is used for many infections and viruses. Flor Essence Tea, this is the improved version of Rene Cassie's, famous cancer, C.F.S. (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) ,Psoriassis, Diabetes, HIV Infection/Aids cure. Used for all virus infections.
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a food grade Diatomaceous Earth is safe and nontoxic and destroys intestinal parasites physically by injuring them.
Germanium raises the level of activity of various organs (facilitates oxygen uptake) and helps to expel harmful pollutants and arrest germ activity. Germanium serves as an electrical semiconductor, helping correct distortions in the electrical fields of the body.
Gold mineral supplement promotes a general euphoric feeling, enhances the body's natural defenses against illness, and promotes vitality and longevity. Gold has been found to improve glandular function. It helps the body to relax.
Iron is called the "energy giver." It attracts oxygen and builds blood. Along with Manganese and Copper it is necessary for healthy blood chemistry and is essential for recovery from illness.
L-Glutamine powder may be used for reducing fatigue and improving exercise endurance. L-Carnitine plus Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B-5) can help boost energy, build new muscle and improve mental performance.
Magnesium Ascorbate is a buffered (non-acidic) form of Vitamin C that will not contribute to gastric irritation in acid-sensitive persons. Magnesium is an essential mineral that is required by every cell in the human body and is important for helping to maintain normal cardiovascular, muscle, nerve, bone and cellular function.
Sexual Supplements such as Male Energy & Power Formula is an overall tonic which is supportive for the male body and provides him with extra energy throughout the day. Male Energy Tea With Black Cumin Seed is for the guys. Made with ginseng, ginkgo, yohimbe, saw palmetto, black cumin seed and other herbs this energizing tea will get their motor running. Male Performance Formula, TestoJack 100, is a combination of ingredients in providing enhanced energy levels without the anxiety or insomnia that accompanies other energy supplements, as well as overall support for men's health.
Mental Clarity formula promotes memory and intelligence. The herbs in Mental Clarity have traditionally been used to enhance all aspects of mental performance, including intelligence, concentration, awareness, perception and learning capacity. This effective blend sharpens the mind and is useful for those prone to forgetfulness, confusion or indecisiveness. Mental Clarity is an ideal supplement for anyone with a mentally demanding workload, students, and those experiencing loss of memory.
NAD (Niacin), Vitamin B-3 (Niacin & Niacinamide) is widely regarded as one of the most effective nutrients in elevating mood, overcoming moderate depression and fighting the effects of fatigue. NAD complex is a highly effective and genuinely unique form of Vitamin B-3 that shares many of the same qualities as NADH at a fraction of the cost. In addition to its mood enhancing properties, NAD is being studied with regards to its positive effects on naturally increasing the brain's levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter essential to brain health as we age.
Natural Calm is used by over 1,000 health care providers and health clinics nationwide with great success as an antistress formula. Natural Calm Magnesium Supplement is so special over other forms of magnesium supplements is that it is water soluble and assimilates instantly and thoroughly, and works even in cases of highly impaired digestion.
Natural Progesterone Cream is effective for women experiencing the symptoms of mid-life, before, during and after menopause.
Nerves & Tension Tincture is used to soothe the nervous system, which may help reduce stress and benefit hyperactivity/hyperkinetic, mental fatigue, migraine headache, muscular problems (aches, pain & spasms), nervous disorders, neuralgia, palsy, Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, spasms, stress, and tension among other things.
Homeopathic Oral HGH Formula provides the same benefits found in synthetic injectable HGH without the costs and dangerous side effects of synthetic HGH.
Platinum is used in the treatment of cancer and as a base in some of the chemotherapeutic treatments. Platinum may be effective in killing disease-causing bacteria, fungus, viruses, and help boost the immune system.
Potassium aids rheumatic or arthritic conditions and is vital for the elimination of wastes.
Selenium promotes normal body growth, enhances fertility, encourages tissue elasticity and is a potent antioxidant that naturally reduces the retention of toxic metals in the body. Selenium is crucial for the proper functioning of the heart muscle and there is evidence that it can help the body fight cancer.
Silver Biotics was tested by researchers and was found to kill every strain of bacteria that it was tested against and that these bacteria, many of which have become resistant to antibiotics, cause many human ailments.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) has been proven by numerous medical studies to alleviate pain and suffering from arthritis of the knee and other joints. A multi-ginseng and herb formula that boosts energy and sustains mental and physical strength without artificial stimulants, ephedra, or caffeine.
Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids provides antioxidant protection for many of the body's important enzyme systems and immune system support.
Get plenty of rest, and may sure that you do not over-exert yourself. Moderate exercise may be helpful, however. Deep breathing exercises in particular are recommended. People with fatigue tend to take shallow breaths, which can cause sleeping problems. See breathing exercises in health therapy pain control information.
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A common cause of chronic fatigue is a basic disturbance in a person's circadian rhythms, the system that controls the body's inner clock. The sleep/wake cycles of the body are triggered by the hormone melatonin, which is produced in the pituitary gland, located in the brain. When it is dark outside, melatonin production increases to induce sleep. Normally, morning light signals the pituitary gland to stop producing melatonin, but for some people the light may not be strong enough, especially during winter. Over production of melatonin can lead to chronic fatigue. To correct this, take a walk outside in the morning to expose yourself to sunlight and halt the release of melatonin. This trick may also be helpful for you to overcome jet lag when traveling. An indoor alternative is to use a full-spectrum light box, which emits light that is 10 times stronger than natural light. Positive results frequently appear when a person sits by the box for 1-2 hours a day, usually in the morning.
MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Light Therapy
MoonDragon's Alternative Health Therapy: The Value of Sleep
See Fasting, and follow the program once monthly.
Do not smoke, and avoid secondhand smoke. This can make symptoms worse since nicotine robs the body of nutrients and hinder the ability of the body to absorb necessary substances.
Do not take aspirin. If a viral infection is present, Reye's syndrome may result.
If fatigue is persistent, consult your health care provider to determine whether some underlying health problem may be the cause.
Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For children between the ages of 12 and 17, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, reduce the dose to 1/2 the recommended amount. For children under 6 years old, use 1/4 the recommended amount.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments Essential Acidophilus As directed on label. To replace necessary friendly bacteria. Also fights Candida infection. Chronic fatigue and Candidiasis often occur together. Use a non-dairy powder form. Chromium Polynicotinate 200 to 300 mcg daily. Aids in controlling hypoglycemia. CoEnzyme Q-10 75 mg daily. Enhances the effectiveness of the immune system and protects in the heart. CoEnzyme A As directed on label. Works with Co Q10 and aids in the removal of toxic substances from the body. Facilitates the repair of RNA and DNA. Supports the immune system's detoxification of many dangerous substances. Can streamline metabolism, ease depression and fatigue, and increase energy. Essential Fatty Acid Complex As directed on label. Supplies essential fatty acids to the diet. L-Carnitine 1,000 mg daily, on an empty stomach. Take with 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and 100 mg Vitamin C for better absorption. Transports fatty acids into the mitochondria where it is used to make ATP, thus increasing energy levels. Lecithin 1 tablespoon granules 3 times daily, before meals.
1,200 mg capsules 3 times daily, with meals.
Promotes energy and enhances immunity. Malic Acid As directed on label. Involved in energy production in many cells of the body, including muscle cells. Needed for sugar metabolism. Deficiency has been linked to CFS. Magnesium 500 to 1,000 mg daily, in divided doses, after meals and at bedtime. Vital for a healthy heart. Connected to over 300 enzyme actions controlling glucose, proteins, and fats. Often deficient in people with CFS, Magnesium is needed for ATP synthesis. Manganese 5 mg daily. Influences the metabolic rate by its involvement in endocrine function. NADH 10 to 20 mg daily with water first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. Studies have shown that it increases energy levels and aids in preventing depression. May take 2 to 3 weeks to work.. Proteolytic Multi-Enzymes As directed on label, 6 times daily on an empty stomach. Take with meals, between meals, and at bedtime. Reduces inflammation and improves absorption of nutrients, especially protein, which is needed for tissue repair. Vitamin A 25,000 IU daily for 1 month, then slowly reduce to 10,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Powerful free radical scavengers that protect the cells and enhance immune function to fight viruses. Use emulsion form for easier assimilation and greater safety at higher doses. With
& Carotene Complex
As directed on label. Powerful free radical scavengers that protect the cells and enhances immune function to fight viruses. Vitamin E Start with 200 IU daily for 1 month, then slowly reduce to 100 IU daily. An anti-inflammatory free radical scavenger. A powerful antioxidant. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form. Vitamin C
5,000 to 10,000 mg daily, in divided doses. Has a powerful antiviral effect and increases the energy level. Use a buffered form. Very Important Dimethylglycine
50 mg 3 times daily. Enhances oxygen utilization and destroys free radicals. Free-Form Amino Acid Complex As directed on label. Amino acids in free form are absorbed and assimilated quickly into the body. For tissue and organ repair. Use a formula that contains all the essential amino acids. Bee Pollen A few granules daily for 3 days, then slowly increase to 2 teaspoons daily. Often dramatically increases energy. Caution: Bee pollen may cause an allergic reaction in some sensitive individuals. Discontinue use if rash, wheezing, discomfort, or other symptoms develop. Kyo-Green As directed on label. Supplies balanced nutrients for quick energy. Improves digestion and cleanses the bloodsream.. Protein As directed on label. Take between meals. To supply protein, needed to build and repair tissue. Also acts as an appetite stimulant. Liquid Kyolic Garlic Extract As directed on label. Take with Vitamin B-1 and Vitamin B-12 Provides energy and builds red blood cells. Vitamin B-Complex 100 mg of each B-Vitamin daily, with meals three times daily. Amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary). Or injections, 2 cc twice weekly or as prescribed by health care provider plus extra Vitamin B-6, 1/2 cc twice weekly or as prescribed and Vitamin B-12, 1 cc twice weekly or as prescribed, and liver extract, 2 cc twice weekly or as prescribed. B-Vitamins are essential for increased energy levels and normal brain function. Injections are best. All injectables can be combined in a simple syringe. If injections are not available, use sublingual form for best results. Vitamin B-12 2,000 mcg twice daily. To prevent anemia. A natural energy booster. All B-Vitamins work together. Use a lozenge or sublingual form. Plus
50 mg 3 times daily, with meals.
50 to 100 mg 3 times daily, with meals.
100 mg daily.
Needed for normal brain function, hormone production, and conversion of fats, carbohydrates, and protein to energy. Plus
1 teaspoon daily for 1 week, then gradually increases to 1 tablespoon 3 times daily over a 2 week period. A good source of B-Vitamins and Protein. Bio-Strath As directed on label. A good tonic that contains B-Vitamins and herbs that increase energy levels. Floradix Iron Plus Herbs
As directed on label. A non-toxic form of iron from natural food sources. Octacosanol
As directed on label. Aids tissue oxygenation and increases endurance. Important Plus
Gamma-Amino Butyric Acid
As directed on label, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and 100 Vitamin C for better absorption. To maintain proper control of brain activity and to control anxiety. See Amino Acids. Multimineral
As directed on label. All nutrients are needed in balance. Use a high potency, hypoallergenic formula. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies have been associated with a lack of energy. With
1,500 mg daily. All nutrients are necessary in balance. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies have been associated with a lack of energy. Potassium 99 mg daily. All nutrients are needed in balance. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies have been associated with a lack of energy. Selenium 200 mcg daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 40 mcg daily. Deficiency has been linked with heart disease. Destroys free radicals in the heart. All nutrients are needed in balance. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies have been associated with a lack of energy. Caution: Do not take supplemental Selenium if you are pregnant or have heart, kidney, or liver disease. Zinc 50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Important in all enzyme systems and tissue repair. All nutrients are needed in balance. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies have been associated with a lack of energy. Chromium Picolinate 100 mcg daily. Helps to build and maintain muscle mass. All nutrients are needed in balance. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies have been associated with a lack of energy. Energy Booster As directed on label. Formulated to counteract fatigue. Pycnogenol
Grape Seed Extract
As directed on label. Powerful antioxidants that pass the blood-brain barrier to protect brain cells. L-Aspartic Acid
500 mg twice daily, on an empty stomach. Take with 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and 100 mg Vitamin C for better absorption. Mood elevators that also increase stamina and endurance. Fatigue may result from low levels of Aspartic Acid. Plus
500 mg twice daily, on an empty stomach. Elevates mood and helps overcome depression. Caution: Do not take Phenylalanine if you are pregnant or nursing, or if you suffer from panic attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, or PKU.. Royal Jelly 2 capsules 3 times daily. Increases energy levels. Raw Glandular Complex
As directed on label for each glandular. Stimulates glandular function, especially the thymus (Site of T-Lymphocyte production). To boost the immune system. See Gland Therapy. Maitake
As directed on label for each glandular. To build immunity and boost energy levels. Helpful Melatonin As directed on label, taken 2 hours or less before bedtime. A powerful antioxidant that also aids sleep. A natural sleep-regulating hormone that is helpful for promoting sound, restful sleep.
NOTIFY YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
If you have on-going symptoms of fatigue. You may need to be evaluated for underlying causes of your fatigue.
Although cancer-related fatigue is a common, and often expected, side effect of cancer and its treatments, you should feel free to mention your concerns to your health care providers. There are times when fatigue may be a clue to an underlying medical problem. Other times, there may be treatments to help control some of the causes of fatigue.
Finally, there may be suggestions that are more specific to your situation that would help in combating your fatigue. Be sure to let your health care provider know if you have:
- Increased shortness of breath with minimal exertion.
- Uncontrolled pain.
- Inability to control side effects from treatments (such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite).
- Uncontrollable anxiety or nervousness.
- Ongoing depression.
If your fatigue that does not improve despite the above measures.
If you have any increase in pain, swelling, inflammation or other signs of infection.
If you have any unexpected or unusual symptoms. Some people may have sensitivity, allergies, or other health conditions which would prevent them from using certain herbs or other treatments.
FATIGUE RELIEF & ENERGY BOOSTING PRODUCTS
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ENERGY BOOSTING SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
Amazon: Energy Boosting Formula Supplement Products
Amazon: Energy Boost Supplement Products
Nutrition Basics: Energy Supplement Information
FATIGUE RELIEF SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
Amazon: Fatigue Relief Supplement Products
Amazon: Fatigue Relief Vitamin & Dietary Supplement Products
Amazon: Fatigue Relief Homeopathic Products
Amazon: Fatigue Relief Ginseng Supplement Products
Amazon: Fatigue Relief Adrenal Supplement Products
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Nutrition Basics: Energy Supplement Information
AROMATHERAPY: ESSENTIAL OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES
Allspice Leaf Oil Angelica Oil Anise Oil Baobab Oil Basil Oil Bay Laurel Oil Bay Oil Benzoin Oil Bergamot Oil Black Pepper Oil Chamomile (German) Oil Cajuput Oil Calamus Oil Camphor (White) Oil Caraway Oil Cardamom Oil Carrot Seed Oil Catnip Oil Cedarwood Oil Chamomile Oil Cinnamon Oil Citronella Oil Clary-Sage Oil Clove Oil Coriander Oil Cypress Oil Dill Oil Eucalyptus Oil Fennel Oil Fir Needle Oil Frankincense Oil Geranium Oil German Chamomile Oil Ginger Oil Grapefruit Oil Helichrysum Oil Hyssop Oil Iris-Root Oil Jasmine Oil Juniper Oil Labdanum Oil Lavender Oil Lemon-Balm Oil Lemongrass Oil Lemon Oil Lime Oil Longleaf-Pine Oil Mandarin Oil Marjoram Oil Mimosa Oil Myrrh Oil Myrtle Oil Neroli Oil Niaouli Oil Nutmeg Oil Orange Oil Oregano Oil Palmarosa Oil Patchouli Oil Peppermint Oil Peru-Balsam Oil Petitgrain Oil Pine-Long Leaf Oil Pine-Needle Oil Pine-Swiss Oil Rosemary Oil Rose Oil Rosewood Oil Sage Oil Sandalwood Oil Savory Oil Spearmint Oil Spikenard Oil Swiss-Pine Oil Tangerine Oil Tea-Tree Oil Thyme Oil Vanilla Oil Verbena Oil Vetiver Oil Violet Oil White-Camphor Oil Yarrow Oil Ylang-Ylang Oil Aromatherapy
Healing Baths For Colds
Using Essential Oils
AROMATHERAPY: HERBAL & CARRIER OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES
Almond, Sweet Oil Apricot Kernel Oil Argan Oil Arnica Oil Avocado Oil Baobab Oil Black Cumin Oil Black Currant Oil Black Seed Oil Borage Seed Oil Calendula Oil Camelina Oil Castor Oil Coconut Oil Comfrey Oil Evening Primrose Oil Flaxseed Oil Grapeseed Oil Hazelnut Oil Hemp Seed Oil Jojoba Oil Kukui Nut Oil Macadamia Nut Oil Meadowfoam Seed Oil Mullein Oil Neem Oil Olive Oil Palm Oil Plantain Oil Plum Kernel Oil Poke Root Oil Pomegranate Seed Oil Pumpkin Seed Oil Rosehip Seed Oil Safflower Oil Sea Buckthorn Oil Sesame Seed Oil Shea Nut Oil Soybean Oil St. Johns Wort Oil Sunflower Oil Tamanu Oil Vitamin E Oil Wheat Germ Oil
HELPFUL RELATED MOONDRAGON NUTRITION BASICS LINKS
MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Amino Acids Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Antioxidants Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Enzymes Information MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Herbs Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Homeopathics Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Hydrosols Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Minerals Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Mineral Introduction MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Dietary & Cosmetic Supplements Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Dietary Supplements Introduction MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Specialty Supplements MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Vitamins Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Vitamins Introduction
NUTRITION BASICS ARTICLES
MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: 4 Basic Nutrients MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Avoid Foods That Contain Additives & Artificial Ingredients MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Is Aspartame A Safe Sugar Substitute? MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Guidelines For Selecting & Preparing Foods MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Foods That Destroy MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Foods That Heal MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: The Micronutrients: Vitamins & Minerals MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Avoid Overcooking Your Foods MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Phytochemicals MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Increase Your Consumption of Raw Produce MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Limit Your Use of Salt MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Use Proper Cooking Utensils MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Choosing The Best Water & Types of Water
RELATED MOONDRAGON HEALTH LINKS & INFORMATION
MoonDragon's Nutrition Information Index MoonDragon's Nutritional Therapy Index MoonDragon's Nutritional Analysis Index MoonDragon's Nutritional Diet Index MoonDragon's Nutritional Recipe Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Therapy: Preparing Produce for Juicing MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Food Additives Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Food Safety Links MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Index MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Articles MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Back Pain MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Labor & Birth MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Blending Chart MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Essential Oil Details MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Links MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Miscarriage MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Post Partum MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Childbearing MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Problems in Pregnancy & Birthing MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Chart of Essential Oils #1 MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Chart of Essential Oils #2 MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Tips MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Uses MoonDragon's Alternative Health Index MoonDragon's Alternative Health Information Overview MoonDragon's Alternative Health Therapy Index MoonDragon's Alternative Health: Touch & Movement Therapies Index MoonDragon's Alternative Health Therapy: Touch & Movement: Aromatherapy MoonDragon's Alternative Therapy: Touch & Movement - Massage Therapy MoonDragon's Alternative Health: Therapeutic Massage MoonDragon's Holistic Health Links Page 1 MoonDragon's Holistic Health Links Page 2 MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Nutrition Basics Index MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Therapy Index MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Massage Therapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Hydrotherapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Pain Control Therapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Relaxation Therapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Steam Inhalation Therapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Therapy - Herbal Oils Index
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