Conventional treatments for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue focus basically on symptom management and psychopharmacological drugs. Other areas less explored are nutrition, supplements, hormone replacement and mind-body therapies.
I came across an interesting interview with Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, an american doctor of internal medicine and so called expert in the fields of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, sleep and pain. He himself suffered of of chronic fatigue syndrome while at medical school in the 70s. In his struggle to heal he discovered several treatments that were unknown to the medical community and thereby cured himself.
He’s the author of several books on fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue und chronic pain and developed the so called SHINE protocol, wich focuses on sleep, hormones, immunity, nutrition and exercise as a treatment guideline.
I haven’t read his books but the interview is definitely interesting. I agree on his comments on nutrition, supplements, slepp and exercise. The theory of yeast overgrowth is a bit controversial as well as the idea of hormone replacement therapy. But ginseng, ashwaganda and liquorice are definitely energizing herbs. What I miss is the aspect of chronic emotional stress that plays such a large role in the development of those disorders. But maybe as an internist he prefers the chemical side.
The book reviews seem very mixed and on his webpage he’s clearly trying to sell his products. So you need to make up your own mind.
Take a look and listen here:
I hope some of this is helpful. Feel free to ask questions or give feedback!