I ran across an article in the journal, "Acupuncture Today" (March 2002). I thought it was pretty remarkable, so thought I'd post a link here. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome This article describes and discusses a treatment trial for 46 patients with CFS. Just a brief description of this trial, and the outcome: ......................................................................... Cohort Description Among the 46 patients in this study, 31 were male and 15 were female. These patients ranged in age from 19-44. Their clinical symptoms included a long period of extreme fatigue; a wan effect; emotional depression; insomnia; impaired memory; occasional sighing; scanty qi and a disinclination to talk or faint voice; no thought for food and drink or indigestion; flabby muscles; lack of strength; possible muscle-joint soreness and pain; heart palpitations; shortness of breath; and an inability to recuperate. After various sorts of examination, organic disease had been ruled out. Treatment Outcomes Thirty-five (76.09%) out of 46 patients were judged cured, which meant that their symptoms completely disappeared. Eleven patients (23.91%) improved, meaning that their clinical symptoms lessened. Thus, the total effectiveness rate was 100% using this protocol. Treatment Method Self-composed bu gan yi qi tang consisted of 30g each of radix astragali membranacei (huang qi); herba agrimoniae pilosae (xian he cao); and bulbus lilii (bai he); 10g each of radix rubrus panacis ginseng (hong shen); fructus corni officinalis (shan zhu yu); radix bupleuri (chai hu); fructus citri aurantii (zhi ke); pericarpium citri reticulatae (chen pi); and radix angelicae sinensis (dang gui); and 12g each of rhizoma actractylodis macrocephalae (bai zhu) and radix albus paeoniae lactiflorae (bai shao). If there was a tendency toward heat, rhizoma coptidis chinensis (huang lian) and radix scutellariae baicalensis (huang qin) were added. If there was yang vacuity, herba epimedii (xian ling pi) and rhizoma curculiginis orchiodis (xian mao) were added. If there was torpid intake, massa medica fermentata (shen qu), fructus crataegi (shan zha) and fructus germinatus horedi vulgaris (mai ya) were added. If there was insomnia and heart palpitations, radix sophorae flavescentis (ku shen) and stir-fried semen zizyphi spinosae (suan zao ren) were added. Ten ji equaled one course of treatment. Treatment consisted of 1-3 courses.