Homeopathy has an important place in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).  Working with a homeopath will involve looking at the timeline of your condition, identifying causative factors, and exploring your whole symptom picture and the way CFS affects your life.  For acute fatigue and unusual tiredness – and by acute I mean fatigue that has a recent onset and a clearly identifiable cause – homeopathy can also be effective.  A well matched remedy can restore your mental and physical vitality.  Below you will find details of eight remedies which are frequently indicated in acute fatigue.  It is safe to self administer homeopathic remedies, but it is important to choose carefully, based on your experience of the symptoms, and to adhere to minimum dose principles.  If home treatment does not resolve your symptoms quickly, consider seeing a homeopath.  I offer in person and online consultations for recent onset acute fatigue, and also for chronic fatigue syndrome.

Picricum acidum (Pic ac)

Fatigue brought on by prolonged mental strain and overwork, especially noted in those studying for exams, for example, resulting in headache, listlessness and complete inability to study or gather their thoughts.  There is typically a tired, heavy feeling all over the body, with weakness and heaviness of the legs.

Kali phosphoricum (Kali phos)

Nervous exhaustion resulting from overexertion, stress or worry.  The Kali phos picture is characterised by nervousness and over-sensitivity: they may be irritable and restless, and start from the slightest noise.  This remedy can be helpful in the recovery phase (or convalescence) from an acute illness such as flu, where there is muscular weakness, tiredness, mild depression and sometimes a persistent low fever. Tissue salt potency (6X) can be helpful here.

Phosphoricum acidum (Phos ac)

Phos ac is a remedy which can be helpful after debilitating acute illnesses, especially with loss of fluids (see also China).  It is also indicated where a person has become worn down by grief or worry, leaving them feeling numb and indifferent to everyday life.  The picture is one of collapse, characterised by a loss of appetite (both mentally and physically).  They are weak, exhausted and chilly, and have difficulty with thinking and concentrating.

Zincum metallicum (Zinc)

Zinc is often used in the professional treatment of longer term chronic complaints, but it is also indicated in acute fatigue brought on by mental exhaustion, overwork and stress.  Nervous system effects are prominent, with restless legs (which may keep them awake at night), and oversensitivity to noise and voices.  They are generally twitchy, restless, irritable and discontented.

Nux vomica

Nux vomica is a well known homeopathic remedy, which is indicated in acute tiredness and fatigue brought on most typically from overwork.  Where Nux vomica is indicated there is prominent irritability and impatience.  They crave stimulants such as coffee, to help them keep going, but then find it difficult to relax.  Their sleep is disturbed, with waking around 3am, and they feel unrefreshed in the morning, with headache and digestive disturbance.  


This remedy can be helpful where acute fatigue and tiredness are brought on from loss of sleep, and physical and emotional stress, especially from looking after young children, or from caring for someone who is ill, for example.  In a Cocculus state, the person feels dizziness on rising or sitting up, and there may be a nauseous headache.  There can be weakness and trembling.  The exhaustion makes them slow to respond, and they easily lose their train of thought.


Gelsemium is a remedy in the same family as Nux vomica, and it also has an important use in acute fatigue.  Where Gelsemium is indicated, the symptom picture is characterised by weakness.  The acute onset of a Gelsemium state may be from stress, especially anticipation of a stressful event, or from an acute illness such as flu, where it can also help if convalescence is slow.  The feeling of weakness results in a dread of facing any challenge or ordeal.  The person feels great fatigue and weariness, which may be accompanied by trembling and perspiration, especially on exertion.  The limbs feel heavy, and they feel dull and drowsy.


This remedy is very useful for fatigue and weakness following exhausting acute illnesses with loss of fluids.  This might include acute diarrhoea, vomiting, profuse perspiration, or haemorrhage, for example.  It is also worth bearing in mind for exhaustion accompanying breastfeeding.  NB Rehydration is of course important alongside remedies.

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