Diet & Herbal Supplements for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
With an increased inclination towards alternative medicine, it is not uncommon to see numerous dietary supplements and other herbal preparations being marketed everyday that claim to benefit patients with CFS or even cure them. Patients are however warned against such unscrupulous claims, as it can lead to adverse effects or cross reactivity between other medicines used for CFS treatment. It is always advisable to consult with the treating physician before using any such form of therapy. Vitamin A, C and B12, iron, zinc, selenium, germanium, magnesium sulfate, adenosine monophosphate, glutathione and melatonin are some of the most commonly referred vitamins, minerals or coenzymes that claim a therapeutic benefit.
Herbal preparations of Ginkgo biloba, ginseng, garlic, comfrey, bromelain, astralagus and others such as borage seed oil, primrose oil, and mushroom extract also claim to offer relief to CFS patients, the effectiveness of which is yet to be established.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/chronicfatiguesyndrome.html)
- Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - (http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/cfs/)