Fatigue is a very common complaint that Naturopaths are presented with. Causes are many and varied and it is never as simple as taking a vitamin or getting mmore sleep


You can suffer from mental, physical and often a combination of both when presenting with fatigue. Fatigue presents differently for everyone but definitely the feeling of overwhelming tiredness is the most common symptom, especially despite adequate sleep.


What are the signs and symptoms of Fatigue?

  • Chronic tiredness or sleepiness

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness

  • Sore or aching muscles

  • Muscle weakness

  • Slowed reflexes and responses

  • Impaired decision making and judgement

  • Moodiness and irritability

  • Impaired coordination

  • Appetite loss

  • Reduced immune system function

  • Blurry vision

  • Short term memory problems

  • Poor concentration

  • Hallucinations

  • Low motivation


What can cause Fatigue?

Major causative factors that can contribute to the incidence of fatigue include the following:


Nutritional causes:

  • Nutritionally deficient diet

  • Anaemia (iron, folic acid and/or B12)

  • B-complex deficiencies

  • Nutrient malabsorption


Hormonal Causes


Metabolic causes:


Immunological causes:

  • Recent respiratory or gastrointestinal infection- particularly viral infections such as glandular fever (EBV) and cytomegalovirus (CMV)

  • Cancer

  • HIV / AIDS

  • Autoimmune disorders such as SLE, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia

  • Bowel toxicity and dysbiosis

  • Food allergies


Psychological causes:


Environmental causes:

  • Environmental contaminants or pollutants

  • Toxic disorders such as lead or mercury poisoning

  • Medications such as sleeping pills, blood pressure medications and anti-depressants

  • Liver toxicity


How NDH can help:

As fatigue is commonly associated as a symptom of a range of other conditions, the NDH team conducts a thorough case history to assess what may be triggering this symptom and treat accordingly. The treatment that we could use are wide ranging and can include dietary and lifestyle changes, herbal therapy, supplementation and even undertaking a detoxification program if necessary.


For releif of you fatigue contact us to book a consultation with one of our highly skilled and professional Naturopaths by calling 6021 0557