When everyone is bouncy and holly jolly during the holiday season, those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) may seem to suffer even more than usual. Their low vitality seems to have greater significance at this time of year when family and friends are in the mood to celebrate. While others are in the swim of things, CFS sufferers are treading water, trying to keep their head above the surface.
What is Chronic Fatigue?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is an extremely debilitating condition that causes extreme weakness and low vitality that doesn’t go away with rest and can’t be explained by an underlying medical condition.
Although antidepressants can help, the clinical research on the use of antidepressants in the treatment of CFS is not yet conclusive. Other methods of treatment are cognitive-behavioral therapy and medication.
In recent years, a thiamine analog called Sulbutiamine (Arcalion) has attracted the attention of doctors and researchers as well as patients attempting to treat themselves.
What is Arcalion?
The most important vitamin that the nervous system can’t function properly without is thiamine or B1. Essentially, Arcalion (Sulbutiamine) is a bond of two thiamine or B1 molecules in a form that is able to cross over the blood brain barriers more easily than ordinary vitamin B1.
How does Arcalion Assist in CFS?
A healthy brain is a happier brain. Since a lack of dopamine is associated with low energy and motivation levels, it seems reasonable to treat CFS by compensating for this.
Along with delivering essential B1 to the hippocampus, Sulbutiamine helps to restore the dopamine systems by the upregulation of neurons in the reticular activating system, —the brain’s center of arousal and motivation. By increasing the number of dopamine receptors, the cells become more sensitive to activation by dopamine. This causes an immediate therapeutic effect on CFS.
Arcalion is also helpful for asthenia, a subtype of CFS that originates from the central nervous system rather than the muscles.
It’s a better choice as a stimulant than caffeine, dextroamphetamine, vinpocetine, DMAE, adrafinil, or modafinil.
Benefits of Arcalion
Some people who self-diagnose themselves as fatigued, have sought out Arcalion to help alleviate daily bouts of tiredness. Others find that they enjoy the temporary boost in energy and motivation that Arcalion provides, even if they don’t normally complain of fatigue. The boosts to mood and memory ability are attractive, on a short-term basis. It’s also popular with healthy individuals looking for a nootropic or mood enhancer.
Arcalion has been researched as a possible treatment for depression and erectile dysfunction, with preliminary results being positive. It mixes well with other stimulants, and unlike dextroamphetamine, mixes well with GABAergics.
If you suffer from Chronic Fatigue, treat yourself to Arcalion this season for a happier holiday.