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Other therapies tried by people with chronic fatigue syndrome include massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic therapy, cranial-sacral techniques, self-hypnosis, and therapeutic touch. People with CFS may feel better with such techniques, but these therapies should be combined with an individualized exercise program that includes stretching. Many people report successful treatment of CFS symptoms with experimental therapies, herbal supplements, and dietary modifications. Various dietary and herbal products have been promoted in the market to improve symptoms of CFS. Many of these have not been tested in controlled trials. Preparations that have been claimed to have benefit to CFS patients include astragalus, borage seed oil, bromelain, comfrey, echinacea, garlic, Ginkgo biloba, ginseng, primrose oil, guercetin, St. John's wort, and Shiitake mushroom extract. Dietary supplements and herbal preparations can have potentially serious side effects, and some can interfere or interact with prescription medications. Do not begin any experimental treatments without consulting your doctor or health-care provider.
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