TORONTO, CANADA. Doctors at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine report the case of a 31-year-old man who was successfully treated for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) with supplements. The patient had developed CFS six years prior to the treatment in the aftermath of a viral infection. His symptoms, apart from excessive fatigue, included low grade fever, swollen lymph nodes, gastrointestinal upsets, muscle pain, and unrefreshing sleep. Research has shown that CFS patients have low blood levels of acylcarnitine, free carnitine, and total carnitine. There is also some evidence that supplementation with the reduced form of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) can be beneficial in the treatment of CFS. The naturopaths therefore decided to put the patient on a supplement regimen including L-carnitine (500 mg twice a day with meals), NADH (2.5 mg three times a day before meals) and coenzyme Q10 (100 mg twice a day). After six weeks following this protocol the patient was re-examined. He reported a marked reduction in muscle aches and post-exertional fatigue and also said that his mental concentration was improved. He reported no adverse effects and plans to continue with the supplement program.
The two naturopathic physicians involved in the trial point out
that while the supplement regimen appears to have been successful
in this particular case there is still much to be learned about
the treatment of CFS.