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Are there alternative treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome?

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People try lots of alternative treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome. These range from acupuncture to nutritional supplements, and people get different degrees of relief from them.

There’s much less research about the risks and benefits from alternative treatments. That doesn’t necessarily mean that these approaches don’t work. It just means that there isn’t a lot of evidence one way or the other. But they help some people and are generally safe to try.

Just like with any other type of treatment, it’s best to talk with your doctor first, so he knows all the strategies you’re trying. He can help you research what could work and watch out for any side effects.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Chronic fatigue syndrome: A toolkit for providers.”

Kim, J. , July 2015. Trials

Lu, C. , August 2014. Zhen Ci Yan Jiu (Acupuncture Research)

Alraek, T. , printed online October 7, 2011. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, National Institutes of Health: “Tai chi and qi gong: In depth.”

Surawy, C. , January 2005. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

Price, J. , July 2008. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

Chambers, D. , October 2006. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

CDC: “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”

Allen, P. , April 2008. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health

Castro-Marrero, J. , March 2015. Antioxidants & Redox Signaling

Kaslow, J. , November 1989. Archives of Internal Medicine

Reviewed by Anthony L Komaroff on December 03, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Chronic fatigue syndrome: A toolkit for providers.”

Kim, J. , July 2015. Trials

Lu, C. , August 2014. Zhen Ci Yan Jiu (Acupuncture Research)

Alraek, T. , printed online October 7, 2011. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, National Institutes of Health: “Tai chi and qi gong: In depth.”

Surawy, C. , January 2005. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

Price, J. , July 2008. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

Chambers, D. , October 2006. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

CDC: “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”

Allen, P. , April 2008. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health

Castro-Marrero, J. , March 2015. Antioxidants & Redox Signaling

Kaslow, J. , November 1989. Archives of Internal Medicine

Reviewed by Anthony L Komaroff on December 03, 2018

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