Myalgic Encephalomyelitis(ME)

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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)

There is still considerable debate among the medical profession as to the cause and nature of this condition.

What to look for

Symptoms usually set in following an ordinary upper respiratory tract or gastrointestinal infection. The prime one is profound fatigue following sometimes even slight physical exertion, typically coupled with a deterioration in mental ability; others include fever; headache; muscle pain; dizziness; nausea; numbness; depression; memory loss; weight loss; slurred speech and sleep problems. These symptoms can sometimes persist for years, and appear to be exacerbated by stress or any real physical effort.


ME is largely considered to be caused by a viral infection, and among those mooted are herpes, polio, Epstein-Barr and enter viruses. This has not been proved. There is also a theory that the condition may be related to a psychological or neurological disorder, but again, this has not been proved.

Dietary Considerations

Improvement of food absorption, identification of food allergies and intensive detoxification work, improving liver function with herbs and diet.

When to seek further professional advice

If you think you might have ME or have any of the above symptoms you should see your doctor.

Alternative Treatment

Western Herbalism: There are a number of herbs which have gentle, long-term effects on the body and on the immune system in particular, making it an important and effective form of therapy for this condition.
Acupuncture has a very powerful effect on both the immune system and on the sufferer's energy level, which may help alleviate the fatigue with which this disease syndrome is primarily associated.
Aromatherapy: An Aroma therapist will suggest uplifting oils such as bergamot, rose, neroli and lavender for the emotions and tea tree and niaouli to strengthen the immune system.
Other treatments include: Alexander technique; Autogenic Training; Hypnotherapy; Massage; colour therapy and crystal and gemstone therapy.

Traditional Treatment

There is no cure for ME. Bed rest is advised for as long as the sufferer feels it necessary. Some people respond to antidepressants. Exclusion diets may be helpful and antifungal drugs may be prescribed if Candida appears to be the culprit.

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Author - Body and Mind

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