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Holistic medicine, complementary therapies that treat the the whole person infographic. Lots to look at and research to help with pain.

I have covered many of these holistic complementary therapies before and some are in my book but I plan to cover each one in full again for us all. Hopefully that way, if I help just one person to be in less pain then I will be one happy bunny.

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Simple acts of kindness can bring joy to anyone in pain.

My favourite acts of kindness that have brought me joy while in pain are –

  1. Someone offering to carry things for me.
  2. A cup of tea in bed.
  3. A phone call from a loved one.
  4. Someone giving me their seat.
  5. A note from a loved one saying ‘Thinking of You’.

What are yours?


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1. If you are suffering from a case of afternoon slumps then eat or smell peppermint. It is known to wake up and help decrease fatigue. In fact research at the University of Northumbria found that in a test involving word recall, peppermint-gum chewer’s scores were up to 36% higher than non-chewers.

2. They also say that Siberian Ginseng which has been around for centuries is known for its anti-fatigue qualities. It acts like a tonic, which can then increase the body’s vital energy. Anyone taking antidepressants, diabetes, or blood clotting medication should consult their physician first.

3.Vitamin B12 is also popular and it is naturally found in fish, dairy produce, organ meats, beef, pork and is water soluble.Vitamin B12 contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism, functioning of the nervous system, homocysteine metabolism, psychological function, red blood cell formation and function of the immune system. You can also buy it in tablet form from Holland and Barrett and other good chemists.

4.Graded Exercise Therapy. Studies have repeatedly shown that graded exercise therapy helps those with CFS.

5. Sleep of course is a natural remedy for fatigue.. People with CFS often have broken or disordered sleep and may even suffer from insomnia. Going to bed and getting up in the morning at the same time every day. Avoiding naps in the day (although I cannot manage without mine) and taking time to relax before you go to bed.

6. Licorice root, in standardized form, is a commonly used natural remedy for chronic fatigue. This herb, which helps regulate normal system function and allows your body to better cope with stress, has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. To help restore cortisol levels, look for standardized licorice root in extract or pill form. Speak to your physician if you take blood thinners, potassium, or blood pressure medications as interactions can occur.

7. The NHS add that a good way to keep up your energy through the day is to eat regular meals and healthy snacks every 3 to 4 hours, rather than a large meal less often.

8. Cut out caffeine, the NHS say try to stay off caffeine completely for a month to see if you feel less tired without it.