Valerian: This herb is GREAT for "dis-ordered" sleep. Take 180-800mg at bedtime. (Start at the low end to see how your body responds)
Herbs that Help CFS, FM, ME and EBV
Authors note: Some cats LOVE Valerian Root. They will go to any lengths to get it! (including climbing into the top shelf in the upper cabinets in your kitchen!) So keep the bottle tightly closed, and if you have the dried herb at hand, keep it in a sealed glass jar (it will last longer this way too!).
Withania: Renowned for its rejuvenating properties, withania (also known as Ashwagandha) is a traditional Ayurvedic herb. It is considered to be a superior adaptogen, which means it exerts multiple non-specific actions to help balance or normalise those body systems that are not functioning properly. It is particularly beneficial in counteracting stress and in supporting the body through times of debilitation and recovery.
Siberian Ginseng: Another adaptogen, Siberian ginseng is of benefit in a broad range of clinical applications. It is used by athletes and the elderly alike for its ability to increase stamina, vitality, mental alertness and physical performance. Siberian ginseng is also useful as a general tonic in the recovery of illness or injury. However it seems to specifically improve the energy levels, state of mind and immune function of CFS sufferers.
Astragalus: Astragalus is an ancient Oriental herb used for centuries by traditional practitioners. It is especially effective for boosting the immune system over long periods of time and both protects and heals damage caused through chronic illness. Along with proper nutrition and ample rest, CFS sufferers may greatly benefit from the anti-viral, long-term immune strengthening effects astragalus exerts on the body.
Oats: More conventionally used as a cooking ingredient, oats seed extract is actually considered to be one of the best nervine tonics available. It is particularly beneficial for strengthening the entire nervous system, especially where stress and exhaustion are involved, as is the case with CFS. Oats are also indicated in the treatment of mild depression.
Cat's Claw: A powerful immune stimulant, cat's claw is valuable in the treatment of conditions like CFS where the immune system has been severely compromised. This herb also possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, promotes a sense of well-being and is useful for gastrointestinal problems.
Schizandra: A traditional Chinese herb, schizandra is both an adaptogen and immune stimulant. With similar qualities to Siberian ginseng, schizandra also increases physical endurance and mental alertness and is especially helpful for debilitating conditions like CFS. Its unique value lies in its ability to protect the liver against damage (particularly toxicity), as well as promoting correct liver function. This in turn improves digestive health which can be a problem area for some CFS sufferers.
Magnesium: The mineral magnesium is critical to cellular function and energy production and yet there are many people deficient in this important nutrient, particularly those with CFS. Symptoms of this deficiency actually mirror many of those caused by CFS and include fatigue, mental confusion, irritability, weakness, loss of appetite, insomnia and a predisposition to stress. Magnesium supplementation has shown to be greatly beneficial to sufferers of CFS.
"Magnesium and malic acid are also critical. When malic acid and the other compounds are low, the body often has to shift to the very inefficient (anaerobic) means of generating energy. This contributes to the abnormal buildup of lactic acid that occurs after exercise in CFIDS/FM. This causes muscle achiness and fatigue" Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, From Fatigued to Fantastic Newsletter and author of From Fatigued to Fantastic, A manual for Moving Beyond Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia.