The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome has for many years not been clearly established. Researchers have remained baffled all this time. While it is obvious that sufferers are experiencing a condition, the cause has remained pretty much elusive. More recently, however, new findings have thrown light that a stomach virus may be the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome.

The stomach was first identified as a potential area to investigate for chronic fatigue syndrome as it was observed that digestive difficulties often accompany the disorder. Many sufferers with chronic fatigue syndrome report about having symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive complaints. Researchers then conducted studies to find out more.

Studies revealed that enterovirus was present in 80% of the people with chronic fatigue syndrome. Yet this virus was only found in 20% of the people from a healthy control group. Enterovirus is a virus found in the bowels and can also cause respiratory and stomach complaints. It has been observed that the presence of enterovirus causes an increase in inflammation that produces various symptoms. It can also affect the central nervous system, heart, and muscles.

Consuming anti-inflammatory foods and drinks can be extremely helpful in alleviating digestive symptoms. For instance, blueberries have known anti-inflammatory properties. Cat’s claw is an herb that offers support to the immune system while reduces inflammation. A high-fiber diet in whole grains together with plenty of water will provide the bulk to cleanse the digestive system and in so doing, reduce some of the inflammation and symptoms.

Herbal remedies for the treatment of viral infections can also be used. Antiviral herbs such as Echinacea, goldenseal, and licoriceare are effective in stimulating the immune system. Ginseng can be used to support the recovery from chronic fatigue syndrome in the long term because it helps fight viral infections. Still, it is important to remember that patience needs to be exercised when using herbal supplements because they take time to build in effectiveness.

St. Johns wort is an antiviral herb that has a secondary benefit in fighting depression. Depression is a common symptom found in chronic fatigue syndrome patients. Most patients with chronic fatigue syndrome do feel chronically miserable at some point in their illness.

It is highly likely that a virus can be the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome. Sufferers do report of an improvement in their condition when they implemented dietary and lifestyle changes. Still, more research is needed to gain a better understanding about the virus, so that effective treatments can be sought.

Author's Bio: 

Sandra Kim Leong is an author who writes about topics related to digestive health. She recommends colon cleansing for the relief of many chronic symptoms linked to poor digestion. To sign up to her free tips and research, please visit