Critical role of mitochondrial and microbiome health

Hormesis, Supplements and complementary therapies

Last but not least, hormesis, supplements and other complementary therapies can not be overlooked in the journey and pursuit to remission of Fibromyalgia and CFS.

In addition to the comprehensive approach we have discussed, targeted supplementation and complementary therapies can play a significant role in the management of pain, fatigue, and overall well-being for individuals with CFS and fibromyalgia.


Supplementation can provide targeted support for mitochondrial function, immune health, and overall energy production. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), a key component in cellular energy production, has shown promise in reducing fatigue and improving symptoms in CFS patients. Other nutrients such as B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and antioxidants like vitamin C and E can also support mitochondrial health and reduce oxidative stress.


The concept of hormesis, which involves subjecting the body to controlled stressors to promote resilience and adaptation, has gained attention in the management of chronic pain and fatigue. Sauna therapy, for example, has been found to improve pain levels, increase energy, and support detoxification processes. The heat stress induced by saunas activates heat shock proteins and triggers beneficial physiological responses that can improve symptoms.

Complementary therapies

Complementary therapies such as acupuncture have also shown promise in providing relief from pain and fatigue. Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points on the body to restore balance and promote the flow of vital energy. I have had promising outcomes with acupuncture and it can also be very helpful for liver stagnation, which is likely in some patients who find it hard to participate in exercise. Acupuncture has been reported to reduce pain, improve sleep, and enhance overall well-being in individuals with fibromyalgia.

It is important to note that the effectiveness of supplementation and complementary therapies can vary among individuals. Working with qualified healthcare practitioners who specialise in these modalities can help determine the most appropriate interventions based on individual needs and circumstances.


In conclusion, the journey to recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia requires a comprehensive and individualised approach. Understanding the complex interplay between mitochondrial health, the microbiome, epigenetics, and trauma is crucial for effectively managing these conditions and achieving long-lasting relief.

The health of our cellular powerhouses, the mitochondria, plays a significant role in energy production and overall well-being. Supporting mitochondrial function through targeted nutrition, including CoQ10 and antioxidant-rich foods, can alleviate symptoms and reduce oxidative stress.

The gut microbiome, an intricate ecosystem of microorganisms, influences our overall health and plays a crucial role in CFS and fibromyalgia. Using proper testing for parasites, infections and looking into dysbiosis can be beneficial. Focusing on healing the gut is vital when you are presenting with chronic fatigue symptoms. Nurturing the microbiome through a diverse and nutrient-rich diet, including prebiotic and probiotic foods, supports gut health and immune function.

Recognising the impact of trauma on these conditions is crucial. Unresolved trauma can perpetuate symptoms and hinder the healing process. Addressing trauma through therapy and stress management techniques is an integral part of the recovery journey.

Epigenetics teaches us that our genetic expression can be influenced by environmental factors and lifestyle choices. By understanding and embracing the power of personalised care, we can positively impact gene expression and promote healing.

Targeted supplementation, such as CoQ10 and antioxidants, and complementary therapies like sauna therapy and acupuncture, can provide additional support in managing pain, fatigue, and overall well-being.

Ultimately, each individual’s path to recovery is unique. By integrating these key components, including cellular health, the microbiome, trauma healing, epigenetics, and targeted interventions, individuals can empower themselves on their journey towards remission and improved quality of life.

As a functional nutritionist and someone who has personally experienced the challenges of these conditions, I am passionate about guiding individuals towards better health. I believe that by acknowledging each person’s unique story and addressing their specific needs, we can offer hope and support for those suffering from CFS and fibromyalgia.

Remember, this article serves as a starting point for your own exploration and understanding of these complex conditions. Seeking guidance from qualified healthcare professionals and developing a personalised care plan is critically important for achieving optimal results.

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