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Health Care Providers: Please see the information in the ME/CFS: A Primer for Clinical Practitioners.

Some of the most commonly explored alternative therapies to supplement treatment and management of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) or Fibromyalgia (FM) are reviewed in this section.

Since the first four therapies need to be administered by specially trained practitioners, it is recommended that patients review these with their primary care doctors in order to determine which ones will be the safest and most effective for their particular problems.

The next group of techniques and programs are self-managed (meaning patients are instructed, but carry out the techniques by themselves). These are usually done in a group setting, but can be practiced at home. The primary consideration is to find instructors who will work with people at all levels of health and age, and who oversee that the exercises are being properly done.

More resources

"Alternative and Supplementary Approaches" on pp. 25-26 of ME/CFS: A Primer for Clinical Practitioners 

A Minimal and Achievable Exercise Program by Dr. Nancy Klimas

Complementary and Mainstream Treatment Approaches by Dr. Jeanne Hubbuch

Dr. Lapp's Stepwise Approach to Managing FM and ME/CFS

Exercise and CFIDS by Diane Gallagher, a certified fitness instructor

Nutrition and Exercise

Rest, Pacing and Stress—What Every ME/CFS Patient Should Know by Dr. Sarah Myhill

Review of Nutritional Supplements Used for ME/CFS/FM

Supplements —a summary of supplements used to improve sleep, energy, strength and mitochondrial function

Treatment with supplements of post-exertional malaise and mitochondrial dysfunction and living in the "energy envelope" advice