I posted a week or so on a thread about traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and thought I'd start a new thread to toss some thoughts I'm having around, especially since I've been reading a lot of the information here. First, the nutshell version of my experience so far: 52 years old, CFS symptoms for some 30 years, gave up looking for help years ago. Recently went to see my GP who is trained in both Eastern and Western medicine, and he prescribed a traditional chinese formula for my symptoms. I started feeling better almost immediately, and continued to feel well for about a month. Better than I have in years. Eventually I ran out of the initial bottle of medicine that I had purchased and replaced it with a different brand. About the same time as this, I also stopped taking two other supplements I was using (co Q10 and ALA) and not long after, I caught a cold. I have been struggling since then with a relapse of CFS symptoms. At first I thought it was due to stopping the two other supplements, but added them back in and still did not feel well. Then I thought that I must have been gearing up for the cold for a week or so before it actually came on, and that was dragging me down. However, I finished up the second bottle of pills and replaced it with a third bottle from the same company that made the first bottle, which is a company that at least advertises that they do very strict quality control. Now I have energy again. It's early, but I'm feeling a bit more like I did before, so I'm suspecting that the company making the second bottle of pills probably isn't adhering well to standards and I won't purchase that brand again. So, there is my experience. Some more background on me is that about 3 years ago I was diagnosed with multiple environmental allergies, and I have suspected for many years that I have some sort of autoimmune disease which causes or contributes to these feelings of fatigue. When I went to see my doctor this last time, I asked him to test me for Lupus and RA, and those tests came back negative. Now I am reading, here on this site, about the new research from Norway which strongly points toward autoimmune disease in at least some subset of CFS cases. Last night I looked for information on immunosuppressant herbs in TCM, and it seems that this TCM formula I've been using contains several herbs that supposedly have this property. This could account for my feeling better initially, and it could also account for catching a cold-- something that almost never happens to me. Obviously this is all speculative, but interesting speculation, at least to me. For now I plan to continue taking the formula, but tweaking the dosage so that I find the smallest dose that's effective for my CFS symptoms, to avoid exposing myself to another cold, or something worse-- if possible. Of course that is assuming that, unlike all my other attempted remedies, this one continues to help! I shall keep you all posted on how it goes, if you're interested in hearing it. Thanks for letting me share this experience here.