Chinese Medicine For Fatigue – Why Am I Always Tired?
Fatigue is a common complaint that affects people of all ages. It can be defined as having a lack of energy, both physically and mentally. It’s often referred to as a feeling of being run down or even exhausted. (1)
While it’s common to feel fatigued every now and then, long-standing fatigue that doesn’t go away after a good night’s sleep is something to be concerned about, and could even be a condition called chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
Chinese Medicine’s View on Fatigue
Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at chronic fatigue syndrome a bit differently than Western medicine. TCM practitioners look at the body’s Qi, which runs through and around the body via paths called meridians. When channels are blocked, various symptoms can occur, including chronic fatigue. Having a general qi deficiency may cause symptoms of fatigue as well as illness.
TCM also takes into account complementary energy—Yin and Yang.
Yin energy is known as being cold as well as slow, and this energy comes from activities that are slower pace like deep breathing, meditation, and rest.
Yang energy is quite different. It’s fast as well as hot, and it comes from more stimulating activities such as physical and mental activities.
When there is an imbalance in these Yin/Yang energies, there could be a blockage or stagnation in the flow of the body’s Qi leading to Fatigue.
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Common Patterns Observed for Fatigue
With chronic fatigue syndrome, Chinese Medicine practitioners often notice common patterns that come along with this condition. Some of these patterns include:
- Qi Deficient: Qi deficiency can be caused by poor dietary habits or poor digestion, which can lead to chronic fatigue.
- Blood Deficient: Fatigue is a common symptom of being blood deficient, where there is a loss of blood due to chronic illness, poor diet, or in a woman who just had a baby.
- Yang Deficient: A Yang deficiency can come with serious fatigue, where there isn’t enough warmth and can cause a constant feeling of cold.
- Yin Deficient: With Yin deficiency, you would feel chronically warm, and may experience a jittery feeling that also comes with fatigue.
- Liver Stagnation: This can be caused by a blockage or due to stagnation. Since the liver plays such a big role in helping everything else in your body function properly, having liver stagnation is known to cause fatigue.
Natural Treatment for Chronic Fatigue
If you are suffering from chronic fatigue, using a Traditional Chinese Medicine approach is a great way to treat the body as a whole to get to the root cause of the problem. By using this approach, you treat the underlying cause, not just the symptoms.
Chinese Medicine works to bring the body back into balance to help keep fatigue at bay long-term.
Chinese practitioners also know what type of deficiency the patient may be suffering from by carrying out some simple analysis including tongue analysis, pulse check, analysing your medical history and lifestyle.
Carrying out this analysis will help them determine which meridian points to target, and which herbs will work best for a treatment plan.
Acupuncture for Fatigue
Acupuncture is a great way to combat chronic fatigue. Your Acupuncturist will identify points on the body that help reduce symptoms of chronic fatigue, while also helping to address any underlying cause or imbalance.
What to Expect:
Acupuncture treatment for chronic fatigue will be different for each person, depending on which meridians are being addressed. Points on the head, ears, arms, legs, back, or chest are commonly used. During an acupuncture treatment session, you may also notice your mood improve, while also feeling calmer, with a boost of energy due to neurotransmitters that are released during acupuncture.
Tuina ( Chinese Massage )
The use of Tuina, commomly known as Chinese Massage can also be extremely beneficial for those with chronic fatigue. It’s known to help reduce stress and boost relaxation, by eliminating any blockages that can cause Qi stagnation.
Daily Herbal Supplements
Chinese herbs are effective in comabting Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Our clinics – GinSen have formulated herbal blend supplements of the highest strength (7:1) and only containing natural ingredients. All the potent ingredients work together to improve your enegry and immune function.
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Getting to the Root of Your Chronic Fatigue
Fatigue is something that so many people suffer from, and often times the root cause is something many people aren’t treating.
If fatigue is impacting your quality of life, consider a Traditional Chinese Medicine approach to finally get to the bottom of your symptoms, and treat the cause. When you treat the cause, you can finally gain some much-needed energy that’s long lasting.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our clinics website: GinSen where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.