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David's story continued

‘I started by trying acupuncture. Encouraged by a noticeable reduction in symptoms, also observed more recently in research1, I continued to try other alternative treatments. Homeopathy, herbal medicine, reflexology, Bowen therapy, massage, yoga, meditation, including using binaural beats, visualisation, iridology, cold baths, colonic hydrotherapy, kinesiology, naturopathy, supplements, herbalist, nutritional therapy, stool analysis, candida and parasite treatments, removal of mercury fillings, full spectrum light for ‘SAD’ syndrome, aromatherapy, healing, shiatsu massage and dowsing, all followed, along with many others I’ve since forgotten. A number of these therapies did improve my condition. Mostly this was only noticed in the short term, though for some techniques the progression was permanent. Although, if I followed a strict regime, my health had improved to a point where I could function I was still far from a full recovery.

‘In 1997, mainly through the trial and error technique you may have noticed above, I tried curative hypnotherapy. Looking back I suspect I was hoping for a magic cure, imagining I would arrive, be put into a trance and would wake up fully recovered! Unfortunately, and perhaps unsurprisingly, this was not the case. There was no magic cure, I remained disappointingly aware and in control throughout the whole of the session. What there was though was a release of tension and stress; I came out of the process much more calm and in control, which, unlike the other therapies I’d tried, remained after treatment. This process was repeated during subsequent sessions and I became more and more relaxed. I’d already seen with the other therapies that if I became more relaxed all my other symptoms - exhaustion, allergies, lack of mental clarity etc - would subside too. This is exactly what happened after the treatment. As I became more and more relaxed my symptoms diminished to nothing. I had energy once again and that nagging constant extreme tiredness was gone for good, I had made a full recovery! ’

*  Causes of ME/CFS

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