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Fatigue

Fatigue commonly accompanies another disorder or condition affecting the body and cannot be considered to be a disease in and of itself. It is a part of a wide array of other disorders and problems; poor nutrition is a good example of something that will induce fatigue in an individual. Working too hard can strain one both, physically and mentally and is a primary cause of fatigue and exhaustion in the modern world. Too little or too much exercise and other physically strenuous activity are also a major contributor to fatigue. Other problems often associated with fatigue and exhaustion are problems such as insomnia and poor sleeping habits at night. Many forms of medical disorders such as premenstrual syndrome can also give rise to fatigue in an individual. The difference between simply being tired and fatigue is that fatigue is a persistent and recurring loss of energy and initiative felt by the individual over a period of time, it is also generalized in its effects on the person concerned and robs them of much needed energy. The exhaustion and hopelessness felt during fatigue can be overwhelming and oppressive.

Underlying psychological factors such as the presence of stress, emotional anxiety and conditions like depression play an important and major role in the cause of fatigue in the vast majority of people. In addition to these psychological factors, metabolic disorders such as a lowered immune system function and chronic or recurring infections can also sap the energy of the person and induce deep and persistent fatigue in them. This is the reason that the symptoms of fatigue are observed and always appears accompanying disorders such as diabetes, impaired thyroid glands or malfunctioning adrenal gland or imbalances, these disease can cause extreme exhaustion and fatigue in the individual. Problems with the heart, the liver, and many forms of kidney disease all induce severe fatigue in the patients. Because of their role in the production of red blood corpuscles, any deficiency of essential vitamin and mineral nutrients gives rise to fatigue, the reduced nutrient levels reduce red blood cell synthesis and because these red cells are the transporters of oxygen within the body, any decrease in their absolute numbers will lead to a lowering of overall energy levels in the person. The imbalances and fluctuating hormone levels during pregnancy and menopause can give rise to extreme and extended bouts of fatigue in women. Heavy periodic flows during the menstrual cycle can also lead to fatigue by causing anemia due to excessive loss of blood. Many forms of drugs and medications which include drugs for controlling the blood pressure and various medications used to quell sleeping disorders can also induce fatigue in an individual and are a major source of concern because of this side effect.

Supplements and herbs

Only when a possible and hidden fatigue inducing drug or medication has been ruled out, as a possibility should these supplements be used on the patients. Recovery and relief can be confidently expected within in about two month's time from starting the supplements. It is advisable to begin the supplementation utilizing the two ginsengs along with the vitamins. Slowing including the essential mineral magnesium, the essential amino acids, and the oil of the flaxseed if the fatigue shows no sign of abating or fading slowly.

Both the nervous system and the immune system are bolstered and supported by the supplements of the B-complex vitamins. These vitamins are essential factors in inducing proper replication of red blood cells, their most important role however is in their ability to boost the effectiveness of the white blood cells, these fight bacteria and viruses and prevent infection of the body by foreign pathogens. Because of its ability to support the functioning of the adrenal glands, the vitamin C is a very important additional supplement, since the adrenals control stress hormones, which play important parts in the psychological state of the person. The vitamin C additionally promotes immune function, and aids in recovery and repair of tissues and damaged cellular structures.

The bolstering of the energy levels of the body is the major reason the use of ginseng is so popular nowadays; it is a great energizer. To induce energy Asians have traditionally made use of Panax ginseng. Fatigue is also effectively warded off by the use of the Siberian ginseng, which is known to contain anti fatigue compounds. Some people in addition are affected by fatigue due to the mild deficiency of the mineral magnesium in their bodies; including supplements of this vital mineral in the diet of the person can easily rectify this. Any deficiency can quickly be corrected through the supplementation of magnesium during a two-month treatment regimen. Low levels of the essential amino acids may also contribute to fatigue in some cases, as every cell in the body requires a mixture of amino acids to synthesize its own proteins. The oils of the flaxseed is rich in essential fatty acids, substances that boost immune system performance and are major components of the cellular membranes, supplementation should also include some of this oil.

Homeopathy

All the homeopathic remedies given below can be used once every day during a treatment period of one to two weeks at a stretch and at strength of 30c. Lower potencies are preferred the weaker a person is; the potencies can be matched with the energy levels of the patient. The dosages must be repeated regularly so as to slowly restore strength and the energy levels to the maximum.

  • Arsenicum
    Arsenicum is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of individuals suffering from fatigue in which the symptoms include restlessness, and anxiety combined along with extreme physical weakness. These symptoms appear and disappear in the person on a regular basis. Other physical symptoms during the condition can include the sudden and abrupt appearance of episodes of exhaustion and weakness, if any strenuous physical exertion is undertaken. The other signs are weight loss that the person experiences, the breath may be foul and excretions are produced, the person may also experience burning pains and feels cold at most times due to passing chills. Psychological manifestations of the condition include the development of a fear of disease and death, coupled with emotional insecurity, and dependency. The person also becomes fastidious, and stingy in habits. The condition of the patient will greatly worsen if the skin eruptions are suppressed; the condition is also aggravated from exposure to cold air and weather, during midnight, on the consumption of alcohol. The condition of the patient improves on the other hand when some heat is applied to the body. The appearance of one or any of these symptoms requires the immediate use of Arsenicum as a homeopathic remedy to treat fatigue in the patient.
  • Carbo veg.
    Carbo veg. is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of individuals afflicted with fatigue in which the symptoms include utter physical exhaustion and low vitality and strength. The patient may become extremely listless and sluggish, often experiencing sleepiness on a constant basis. The person is also inert and indifferent to things happening around him or her. The reasons for this state of affairs or the underlying reasons for the fatigue can include exhausting diseases and metabolic disorders, the period following major surgery and any serious or substantial loss of blood or fluid from the body. The presence of toxic substances in the diet can also contribute to this form of disorder. The other physical symptoms of the condition are clammy and cold skin. The breath of the person is very cold. The person may desire to be in fresh air and the outdoors. The circulation of the blood and other body fluids of the person slow down and becomes very sluggish. The body may be bloated and there is a lot of gas produced in the abdomen. The complexion of the person may turn blue. Aggravating factors are fats in the diet, and excessive consumption of alcohol. The person may have a strong liking for coffee. The condition of the patient worsens when exposed to humid weather and conditions, when wearing tight clothes, when eating fats and fatty foods, on consuming milk, when exposed to excess heat. The condition of the patient can improve when he or she is given to belching. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the immediate utilization of Carbo veg. as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the fatigue in the affected individual.
  • Gelsemium
    Gelsemium is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of individuals suffering from fatigue in which the symptoms include emotional and physical weakness along with psychological problems. All initiative is lose as the person loses his will and gives up very easily on anything that he sets his mind on. The underlying reasons for this form of fatigue may be an excess of fear and anticipation about ordeals likely to be faced or the doubts about one's ability to perform, this form of fatigue can also set in as a result of a viral infection from any type of pathogenic virus. The person appears very dull, and looks drowsy most of the time, he or she is also dizzy and affected constantly, there is trembling, and heaviness in the limbs, the development of muscular weakness is also often observed in the individual. The ability to concentrate is rather impaired and the person loses focus very easily. The eyelids may droop as they become very heavy and affected during the condition, the vision is also dim and there is a dull and persistent headache. Other physical symptoms are the development of soreness in the eyes. The condition of the patient greatly worsens on exposure to hot and humid weather, and if physically or emotionally disturbed in any way. The condition of the patient shows a marked improvement in peaceful and quiet places, when allowed to urinate freely, and on the consumption of some alcohol. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the immediate use of Gelsemium as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the condition in the patient.
  • Kali phos.
    Kali phos. is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of individuals suffering from fatigue in which the symptoms may include weakness and extreme physical and nervous exhaustion, the person becomes very sensitive, and the body is weak, the affected individuals tires rapidly even after minor exertion. The underlying reasons behind this condition are psychological factors such as stress, which is caused by overwork, excessive worry, or over excitement, stress and depression can also be brought on by an exhausting illness which takes a long time to recover from. Physical symptoms of the condition include a low-grade fever and weakness in the musculature. The person affected is given to ready perspiration and sweats profusely and easily when excited. He or she may complain of feeling cold constantly and develop chills and colds. There is also a production of putrid yellow discharges from the body. Psychological symptoms include excessive shyness, being suddenly given to blushing, and the person may desire solitude, the person also does not like to talk and is irritable at most times of the day and the night. The irritability is very high in such persons; there is a tremendous cruelty and malevolence towards members of the family. The person is also given to sudden and unseemly outbursts. The person may work himself or herself into such a rage that they can become speechless with anger. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the utilization of Kali phos. as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the individual afflicted by fatigue and exhaustion.
  • Phosphoricum acidum
    Phosphoricum acidum is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of individuals afflicted with fatigue in which the person becomes very sensitive and mild, such individuals are overwhelmed by events, and often suffer from some illness or the other, they may have endured some loss or grief. Such conditions of fatigue is also seen in people who study too much and are workaholics, this type of fatigue can also set in during growth spurts in teenagers, due to the loss of massive amounts of blood or body fluid, and after recovering from anesthetics. The psychological symptoms of such patients include an apparent indifference to everything; the person becomes apathetic and is given to listlessness. The person may also turn deadly quiet, and is given to answering by using single words. Physical weakness is almost always present. The person is affected mentally as well and has a difficulty understanding and thinking about things. Other mental symptoms may be the impaired memory and the struggle to bring out words. The person perspires profusely very easily and is affected by cold and chills. The affected person also has a great desire for refreshing foods and fruits. The condition of the person improves when taking naps or resting. The presence of one or more of these symptoms means Phosphoricum acidum should be used in the homeopathic treatment of the fatigue.
  • Picric acid
    Picric acid is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of individuals afflicted with fatigue in whom the symptoms may include total nervous exhaustion. Psychological signs are the aversion to talking and socializing as well as a great deal of indifference to the surrounding environment, the person finds it difficult to act and to think about or do any activity. The underlying reasons behind this condition could be stress due to mental or psychological strain, caused by apprehensions from forthcoming exams, mental anxiety, some loss or grief suffered, and even chronic conditions like depression, or illnesses such as anemia. Another important condition occurring in such individuals is insomnia and sleeplessness. There is a great deal of physical weakness, and heaviness and even burning sensations along the spinal column, particularly the limbs. The facial features may be really sallow. Any sort of mental exertion or movements of the body can bring on splitting headaches along with the dilation of the pupils. The condition of the patient worsens a great deal after any form of mental or physical exertion, or on being exposed to slight increases in heat and cold. The condition of the patient improves when given cold water. The presence of one or more of the symptoms requires the utilization of Picric acid as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of fatigue in the affected individual.

Additional things you may do

Set an alarm and take a daily nap in the afternoons or in the evenings for about twenty minutes. Your sleep at night could be disturbed if the napping period is extended beyond twenty minutes. It is important to remember that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should never be missed. Some kinds of food groups should not be included in the meal close to the time you are going to sleep, these include fatty foods and caffeinated drinks, do not eat heavy and rich meals and don't drink alcohol, if all these are consumed too close to the time of sleep, they can seriously hinder sleep quality and length. It is important to sleep for a minimum of about eight hours every day, and you will be much healthier if you are able to sleep and wake up at roughly the same times each day. Exercise and physical activity are two other important factors to a healthy life. Fatigue and persistent tiredness can be dealt with, through taking moderate exercises every day. Sugar laced foods will not necessarily give you an energy boost and should not be used for this purpose. Good food choices should include lots of fruits and vegetables and complex carbohydrates found in foods like pasta, whole grains, and beans. If the fatigue is persistent, it may be advisable to have yourself medically examined for potential problems like anemia and possible impaired thyroid functioning.

Usual dosage

  • Flaxseed oil, one tbsp daily. Should be taken in the morning.
  • Siberian ginseng, 100-300mg two times daily.
  • Panax ginseng, 100-250 mg two times daily.
  • Vitamin C, 1,000 mg thrice daily. If diarrhea develops, reduce the dose.
  • Vitamin B complex, one pill two times daily with meal (B-50 complex with 400 mcg folic acid, 50 mcg vitamin B12, 50 mcg biotin, and 50 mg of all other B vitamins).
  • Amino acid complex, one pill two times a day on an empty stomach.
  • Magnesium, 400 mg daily for eight weeks. Take with meal. If diarrhea develops, reduce the dose.

For kids

See age-appropriate dosages of herbal remedies

The abundant micronutrients and trace minerals content of Siberian and American ginseng will give you a holistic constitutional energy boost and are excellent for kids. Dosage of these herbs for children can be ten drops of the ginseng, one time each day, for a treatment period of six weeks and five days every week; this is the dosage requirement for children above six years of age. After completing every six-week, the treatment can be discontinued for one week as an interval and the same dosage can be repeated for another six weeks, if fatigue persist. Any infection induced weaknesses and fatigue can be treated through the use of the herbs like the Echinacea and the goldenseal, which are great energy boosters. A liquid combination formula of the Echinacea and goldenseal herbs can be given to children, thrice a day for a treatment period of one week, to rid lingering fatigue and symptoms of chronic tiredness.
For your attention: the effectiveness and restorative power of Echinacea will be rendered ineffective, if the herb is given continuously once a day for more than ten days in one treatment period, take appropriate break in between to avoid this possibility. Fatigue can also be eased and reduced through the use of the root of the licorice herb, which bolster the functioning of the adrenal glands. Dosage of this herb for children can be a single dose of the herb, given twice daily for a treatment period lasting two weeks in total.
For your attention: Children with high blood pressure problems cannot be given this herb.

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