Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is an excessive or debilitating fatigue of the body and mind. Exhausted feeling both physically and mentally coupled with muscle pain or spasm, and impairment of memory affect the day to day life. CFS has no identified causes but an outcome of both biological and psychological elements. It could be due to a severe infection or a traumatic event or an outcome of nervous weakness.
However, Ayurveda identifies the causes and appropriate treatment options for CFS, which provides complete cure. If you want to know more about getting the right treatment, visit our Ayurvedic wellness center, Ayurways in Melbourne
Ayurvedic Perspective of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome affects physical and mental health, which indicates the aggravation of the Vata dosha. Vata gets vitiated in physical, mental, and psychological aspects. The aggravation generates negative impact all over the body. From fogginess to forgetfulness, nervous system damage to destruction, cramps and spasm – all indicates associates with Vata imbalance. It is a condition that makes you feel irritated, lack energy and dry.
Vata imbalance happens due to many reasons. When the dosha becomes aggravates at multiple factors as stated above, it leads to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Ayurveda defines deficiency of the rasa dhatu (tissues) as well as the Ojas (immunity) due to aggravation of Vata causes CFS.
Treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Ayurveda
Administer the opposite qualities of Vata dosha to reverse the symptoms and eliminate the root cause and balance the dosha.
The line of treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome involves a series of therapies, diet and addition of rasayana herbs that nourishes your body and mind. The aim of treatment is rejuvenating the cells, strengthening the nervous system and makes the cells and tissues nourished.
Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations
- Include Kapha increasing foods – milk and milk products which pacifies vata dosha.
- Add more oil and ghee in your diet to reduce the vata aggravation
- Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables
- Do pranayama or meditation for a few minues to pacify the aggravation of Vata.
- Include cooling herbs like mint, fenugreek, coriander, fennel, aloe vera in your diet.
- Establish a routine to avoid distractions and disturbances
The patient must avoid all the foods that aggravates Vata – Beans, deep fried foods, salty foods, aerated drinks, salads, smoothies (raw foods which are dry and cold) etc
Panchakarma therapy not just involves purification but also rejuvenation and balancing dosha.
- Abhyanga – Ayurvedic oil massage that nourishes and soothes your senses.
- Shirodhara – Pouring medicated oil or butter milk or milk concoction on the head to de-stress.
Herbs and Ayurvedic Medicines
- Shankpushpi Syrup – Antioxidant and immune-modulatory elements, which strengthens the immunity, delays aging of the cells and stimulate the growth of fresh cells and tissues.
- Chyavanprash – Rasayana, improves the overall health
- Ashwagandha – A multi-faceted herb, adaptogen and anti-stress
- Brahmi – A brain tonic which contains brain rejuvenating medicine, anti-stress, adaptogenic and memory boosting
Since etiology of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is multifaceted, it needs a combination therapy that involves healthy diet, panchakarma and medicines. CFS treatment involves planning the treatment schedules and approach based on individual requirement.