Yoga, Meditation et al for CFS

CFS is a disease that is stress sensitive. Stress produces chemicals that appear to increase the population of disruptive bacteria in the gut.

There are potential attitude problems because it implies (to some) that CFS is a psychological condition

So for symptom mitigation, it can definitely help — exactly what would be expected from the model. Meditative movement reduces stress and thus the production of chemicals produced by stress.

For remission, zero indication that it would result in any remissions.

Stress Impact

Bottom Line

Most CFS patients need to lower their stress levels, especially those who onset were connected to stressful jobs.  This may be done by adaptogens (Ashwagandha, etc) [See Mother Earth News], adjusting self-expectations and/or ignoring other expectations on you, or by some form of meditative movement. This will not, by itself, cause remission but it should lessen the time to remission and reduce the risk of future relapse once remission is obtained.  If you were an adrenaline junkie, you have a LOT of behavior modification to do.

On the flip side, disability issues, financial issues, non-supportive spouses and families represent severe challenges of sources of stress that can keep a person locked into the CFS cycle — especially with brain fog.

Of course, one of my favorite “medicines” shows up… see my earlier post on this special medicine (which also encourages the growth of bifidobacterium probiotics)

  • Dark chocolate reduced the urinary excretion of the stress hormone cortisol and catecholamines and partially normalized stress-related differences in energy metabolism (glycine, citrate, trans-aconitate, proline, beta-alanine) and gut microbial activities (hippurate and p-cresol sulfate).” [2009]
    • Specific dietary preferences are linked to differing gut microbial metabolic activity in response to dark chocolate intake. [2012]
    • “The milk chocolate snack resulted in the decrease of anxiety in high anxiety trait subjects, whereas dark chocolate and cheese and crackers respectively improved the anxiety level and the energetic state of low anxiety trait participants.” [2012]