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Treatments for ME/CFS
 
There is a diverse range of alternative treatments for ME/CFS and many give support for a significant proportion of patients35-41. With most alternative treatments for ME/CFS there is generally a reduction in the severity of symptoms but a complete cure is less common37.

A significant weight of evidence supports the efficacy of conventional treatments, for example Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Graded Exercise therapy (GET) in the treatment of ME/CFS. Improvement has been shown with 40-50% of sufferers as opposed to 20-30% in the control, in the short to medium term42-47. However, the recent Cochrane Review (2008) into the effectiveness of CBT in the treatment of CFS found: ‘At follow-up, 1-7 months after treatment ended, people who had completed their course of CBT continued to have lower fatigue levels, but when including people who had dropped out of treatment, there was no difference between CBT and usual care’46.

Here at the ME Treatment Clinic we use a two strand approach to treating ME/CFS. Firstly, we utilise consultation time to explore the range of physical treatments for the condition to find the most appropriate techniques for an individual patient. These may include considerations of:

Nutrition
Detoxing
Supplements
Yoga and meditation
Lifestyle advice
Dealing with amalgam fillings
Managing pain and energy levels
Physical therapy e.g. Bowen therapy/osteopathy
Treatments to address gut dysbiosis, candida and parasites
Dealing with Seasonal Affected Disorder Syndrome
Treating allergies and intolerances
Discussion of our experience and understanding of other techniques which may be of interest to the patient

The second strand focuses on treatment of the higher than normal resting stress which we believe is the root cause of ME/CFS . All the symptoms of the condition can be traced back to the resting stress if we are willing to work our way back through the cause and effect path. We believe it would be possible to achieve the changes required to recover from the resting stress by giving the mind very little information to focus on over many years, through meditation, visualization, sitting quietly and/or removing the patient from the pace and information bombardment of modern life. Essentially removing the individual from their present environment and into an environment their mind and body has evolved to deal with48,49. The mind would then have a chance to reprocess these misunderstood memories itself, ‘Causes of ME/CFS’ . This forms part of the treatment but as I’m sure is apparent to anyone who has tried, and as we found, the time this would take prohibits this approach. Even with the accelerated forms of meditation that are available we believe it would take many decades to recover.
 
* The techniques we use to treat the higher resting stress.
 
 
 
 

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