Complementary Medicine for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Patients who are suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can experience severe tiredness, difficulty sleeping, and other symptoms that negatively affect their quality of life. Rather than treating this condition solely with synthetic drugs, Dr. Bret Mosher offers complementary medicine for chronic fatigue syndrome at his Poway, CA, practice. Complementary medicine involves taking a holistic approach to treatment that considers a patient’s lifestyle and background.
During your consultation, Dr. Mosher will discuss your symptoms and medical history in order to better understand what might be contributing to your condition. He will then use this information to formulate a personalized treatment plan that will address your concerns and improve your overall wellbeing. To schedule an appointment, reach out to Mosher Optimal Health Center today.
Symptoms of CFS
In addition to general tiredness and sleep disturbances, CFS can result in many other symptoms, including:
- Difficulty recalling information or concentrating
- Sore throat and other flu-like symptoms
- Unexplained muscle and joint pain
- Headaches that frequently change in severity and length
- Extreme exhaustion that lasts longer than 24 hours after physical or mental exercise
The cause of CFS is currently unknown, but many experts believe it may be triggered by a combination of factors.
The Complementary Approach to Treating CFS
Complementary medicine is intended to be used as a supplement to traditional approaches, which can include prescribing medications such as antidepressants or sleeping pills. If you are already seeing a primary physician, Dr. Mosher will gladly collaborate with him or her to create a more comprehensive treatment plan. Your complementary CFS treatments can include:
Making nutritional changes can help lessen the severity of your condition. Dr. Mosher may recommend that you incorporate certain foods into your diet, such as:
- Beans, nuts, and seeds
- Fruits and vegetables
- Omega-3 fatty acids (found in oily fish, flax, and walnuts)
- Whole grains
- High-protein items
The goal of dietary changes is to better regulate your digestive system, decrease inflammation, and help you sustain energy.
This ancient form of Chinese medicine involves placing very thin needles in strategic areas around the body to stimulate the flow of energy. Acupuncture is thought to strengthen the immune system by releasing endorphins while also increasing the number of white blood cells, T-cells, and antibodies. Acupuncture may also reduce harmful toxins in the body, regulate hormones, and reduce stress.
Dr. Mosher may recommend mindful breathing and other relaxing activities to reduce stress and help you manage pain levels.
Movement is an integral part of CFS treatment. Dr. Mosher will design an individualized exercise program to gradually boost your activity levels. Whether you already exercise, or you have been sedentary for a period of time, Dr. Mosher will work with you to safely incorporate exercise back into your life.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Dr. Mosher believes that the mind and body are interconnected with one another, and attention must be given to both in order to improve your quality of life. When you visit our practice for a consultation, he will spend all the time necessary to fully grasp the nature of your CFS and then formulate a treatment plan accordingly. Contact our practice today to schedule an appointment.