Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a complicated and debilitating condition that affects a person’s energy level throughout their life. There is no specific cause known, and it affects approximately 0.4% and 2.5% of the population.

Generally speaking, people with CFS suffer from extreme fatigue that is typically not recoverable with rest. They feel they need more sleep, even though they have just woken up. In some cases, they may experience symptoms that mimic returning from a big night out.

Patients with this condition tend to have difficulties feeling fully refreshed, and their mood and energy levels are ongoingly diminished. Simple tasks, like just getting out of bed, can be difficult and at times, even impossible.

Other symptoms include:

  • Poor memory/brain fog
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Joint pain
  • Weight loss.

Often, patients experience a wide range of symptoms, while others may only deal with one or two; every individual is different.

Unfortunately, there is no singular test that can diagnose CFS. Many GPs make an educated diagnosis based on the history of the patient, description of the symptoms and how long they have been going on for.

 

Causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Identifying the root cause of CFS can be difficult due to there being no test. However, several theories link this condition to:

  1. Bacterial/viral infections
  2. Environmental toxins
  3. Low vitamin D levels
  4. Hormonal imbalance
  5. Stress
  6. Genetics.

When you visit your regular GP for a diagnosis, they will assess your history with all of these potential underlying conditions and illnesses. From there, they will determine whether CFS is likely, or whether there is something else at play.

 

Can Acupuncture Help Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used in China for thousands of years and is becoming increasingly popular in the ‘Western World’. It is based on balancing your life energies aka “Qi” (pronounced ‘Chee’). When the Qi in your body is disrupted, it is thought to cause disruptions and illness. TCM focuses on identifying and correcting the underlying cause of the disease along with treating the symptoms.

For this reason, it is considered effective as a form of treatment for CFS. In Chinese Medicine, CFS is caused by the long term imbalance of the ‘Yin and Yang’, along with ‘liver stagnation’ and ‘damp heat’.

Therefore, acupuncture and chronic fatigue go hand in hand, balancing the Qi through Yin and Yang, helping to relieve associated symptoms. It is also effective at alleviating joint/muscle pain, fatigue and sleep disturbances.

There are many studies out there showing the positive effects of acupuncture for chronic fatigue, however, these are only preliminary findings and further research is needed.

Patients who had ongoing treatment no longer need to nap during the day. They are able to work more frequently without crashing. There are less days where they feel like they cannot cope. Along with improved energy levels, they may experience less pain, anxiety, tired eyes, dizziness.

By helping reduce/relieve common symptoms of CFS with these treatments, it may be possible for suffers to access a better quality of life.

At Eastern Therapies, we can provide you with health and wellness acupuncture for chronic fatigue, potentially allowing you to relieve these often debilitating symptoms. We are here to help – you are not alone.