Journal: Nippon Rinsho. (The Japanese Journal of Clinical Medicine, articles not currently available online.) 2007 Jun;65(6):1089-92.
Author and affiliation: Murakami M. Department of Psychosomatic Internal Medicine, Nihon University Itabashi Hospital, Japan.
The etiology of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS) is still unknown and under active discussion, but involvement of psychosocial factors appear to be essential for the onset and clinical course of CFS. As CFS patients complain of many stress-related physical and psychological symptoms, it is important to understand the CFS from psychosomatic point of view.
Not only for the pharmaceutical treatment, attentive consideration is required for treatment of exhaustion of body and mind of CFS patients. Use of anti-depressants or oriental herb medicine is often effective to relieve the anxiety and depressive condition.
Furthermore to augment the self-healing potential, psychosomatic approach is important to modify the life style and behavioral characteristics.