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Myalgic Encephalo-Myelitis (ME)
What is it?
Extreme exhaustion is the most characteristic symptom. Other symptoms are: muscle pains, especially after exercise; a persistent itchy skin rash; twitching of the muscles and limbs; chest pain; localised sweating; fever and shivering fits; headaches; visual disturbances and ringing in the ears; nausea and stomach complaints; insomnia; swollen glands; frequent need to pass urine; and strong body odour. The symptoms develop following failure to recover from virus infection. A genetic defect in the immune system or an unusual reaction to one particular virus may be what triggers off the condition. The condition often strikes active, successful people and those in their late 20’s and early 30’s are the most frequent victims. The media rather scathingly dubbed it as yuppie flu. It was more often called post viral fatigue syndrome. Although some doctors remain skeptical, ME is now recognised as an illness.
Extreme exhaustion, muscle pains, itchy skin rash, twitching of muscles and limbs, chest pains, localised sweating, fever and shivering fits, visual disturbance, ringing in the ears, nausea, stomach complaints, swollen glands, frequent passing of urine, strong body odour, insomnia.
Some doctors are still skeptical about the illness. Many in the past have dismissed it as malingering or seen it as a psychiatric condition. Diagnosis is not easy, for test must be made for other causes of muscle weakness and possible stress disorders in order to rule them out.
Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info
An ancient Chinese therapy, patients are treated by sticking needles into their skin at particular points. These acupuncture points lie along invisible energy channels called meridians. The needles are said to unblock a flow of energy (called Qi) through the meridians. More Info
Treating illness with highly concentrated oils extracted from plants is known as aromatherapy. These highly scented extracts-called essences or essential oils-contain the substances that give plants their smell. Aromatherapists believe that many also have medicinal properties. More Info
Hydrotherapy is the belief that water is the essence of life. If forms the major part of our bodies and is a constituent of most foods. It can be used to induce relaxation, to stimulate blood flow, to remove impurities, to ease pain and stiffness and to treat diseases. More Info
The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info