There are many factors involved with fatigue. If you are overtired, Traditional Chinese Medicine might be able to pinpoint the culprit, give some extra pep and help you kick those afternoon blues.
In TCM the idea of treatment is to find the root of the problem instead of simply treating the symptoms. In the case of fatigue, there are many possible root causes to feeling tired including: stress, depression, over exercising, lack of sleep, poor diet, poor absorption of nutrients and vitamin deficiency. Of course, these can overlap and one can exacerbate the other. The good news is, acupuncture has been shown to be able to treat these symptoms very well. Our acupuncture office in Beverly Hills and Encino has specialized in treating fatigue.
In TCM, there are a few basic syndromes associated with fatigue.
–Spleen Qi deficiency and dampness: This mainly comes from poor digestion and malabsorption of nutrients from an insufficient diet. Associated symptoms are a pale complexion, gas and bloating, to name a few. Dampness is excessive mucus and a feeling of heaviness in the head and body usually seen in overweight individuals. Since food is not transformed and transported well, food is not being absorbed adequately, which can lead to feeling sluggish. Treatment focuses on digestive issues and lifestyle choices to increase energy. Acupuncture treatments help boost spleen energy and drain dampness to increase energy as well. At Balance Within in Beverly Hills we have formulated certain treatments to do this.
–Blood deficiency: Similar to anemia, symptoms are pale complexion, dizziness and fatigue. Treatment focuses on building blood,herbal formulas and dietary advice. There are many acupuncture points that help the production of red blood cells (RBC’s). These points can be used to combat chronic fatigue by increasing the production of red blood cells.
–Yin or yang deficiency: The body continually strives to achieve a yin and yang balance, as does everything in the universe. If there is an imbalance in one of these, there will be a relative change in the other. For example, if one is yin deficient the symptoms would include heat, dryness, sweating, irritability and thirst. This is seen typically in menopausal women, as the yin declines with hormone changes and normal aging. Our acupuncture office in Beverly Hills and Encino specialize in deficient symptoms with menopause. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call and speak to one of our acupuncture specialists.
On the other hand, yang deficiency (common in male aging and low testosterone) would have cold signs such as feeling cold, having low energy, weakness in the legs and wanting to curl up. The lower yang energy influences the balance of yin. This is so the yin is relatively higher. Treatment consists of building the deficiency and balancing your yin and yang.
In other terms, if it is a hormone imbalance, treatment would safely adjust hormone levels with safe and effective herbal formulas and acupuncture.
–Shen disturbance: Shen refers to the mind and spirit. If one is stressed, angry and having anxiety, it may disrupt sleep patterns, which would cause fatigue. Unhappiness with one’s situation causes great emotional fatigue and lethargy. Feeling stuck causes stagnation in the liver channel and disrupts the free flow of energy. Treatment would include calming the mind and adjusting lifestyle choices along with receiving regular acupuncture treatments which can help clear and treat these symptoms.
If you have any other questions or concerns about how acupuncture can treat your chronic fatigue, please do not hesitate to contact our Beverly Hills or Encino acupuncture office and speak to one of our acupuncture specialists.