CFS can not be cured but many treatments are available to relieve the symptoms of CFS. Treatments are usually individualized according to the symptoms and needs. Most doctors recommend an initial treatment of rest, exercise and a balanced diet.
Activities have to be prioritized, avoid overexertion and rest is important to maintain the existing energy reserves.
Moderate exercise helps the patients from losing physical condition but too much exercise will worsen the condition. Counseling and techniques of stress reduction also help some patients with CFS.
There are many medications, nutritional supplements and herbal preparations for the treatment of CFS. Patients have to discuss the treatment plan with their doctors and carefully check the benefits and risks in each therapy before making a decision to continue.
Drug therapies such as antidepressants, Benzodiazepines, Histamine blockers, non-sedating antihistamines, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and immune system boosters are administered for different symptoms of CFS.
Aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen will reduce pain have side effects such as nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal bleeding and kidney damage.
Homeopathic remedies also lighten the symptoms of CFS and will improve the overall energy level of the patient. Some of the remedies commonly used by professional homeopaths to treat CFS include arsenicum, Gelsemium, Pulsatilla and sulfur for the treatment of symptoms.
Stress management techniques such as counseling, support groups, meditation, yoga and progressive muscle relaxation also help to reduce the symptoms of CFS. Supplements such as magnesium, essential fatty acids, NADH, Coenzyme Q10, DHEA, Vitamin B12, Beta-carotene, Vitamin C, B-complex, Pantothenic acid or vitamin B5 and L-carnitine are also used to treat the symptoms.
Herbs are also used to treat the symptoms and are the safest way to strengthen and tone the body systems. Herbs can be used as dried extracts, glycerites or tinctures. Indispensable oils of jasmine, peppermint and rosemary are soothing and healing and may be used in aromatherapy.
Acupuncture may also help to treat chronic fatigue syndrome and the studies also indicated that it help conditions with similar symptoms such as fibromyalgia, depression, headache and irritable bowel syndrome.
According to chiropractors, spinal manipulation in chiropractic treatment may boost energy and decrease pain in certain individuals with the condition. It is assumed that spinal treatment may have a invigorating effect on the nervous system.
Therapeutic massage also can reduce stress-related symptoms, improve circulation and increase overall well being. Symptoms caused by allergies, enzyme deficiencies or food intolerance such as chronic sinusitis, celiac disease or irritable bowel syndrome can be treated by allergy testing or by avoiding some diets.