Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is the current name for a disorder characterized by debilitating fatigue and a variety of associated physical, constitutional and neuropsychological complaints.

The clinical manifestation of CFS includes fatigue,
  • difficulty concentrating, 
  • headaches, 
  • sore throat, tender lymph nodes,
  • muscle aches, 
  • joint aches, 
  • fever, and night sweats.
  • difficulty sleeping,
  •  psychiatric problems (such as depression), 
  • allergies, 
  • abdominal cramps, 
  • weight loss or gain, 
  • chest pain, 
Women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with CFS. Most patients with CFS are generally between 25 and 45 years old, although cases in childhood and in middle age have been described.

It is often postinfectious, associated with immunologic disturbances, and is commonly accompanied by depression. Recent controlled studies of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome documented abnormalities in endocrine function consistent with reduced production of corticotropin-releasing hormone in the hypothalamus.

Other conditions and diseases can also cause chronic fatigue are:
  • Anemia, 
  • Shortages of essential nutrients, such as potassium 
  • Thyroid Problems. 
  • Diabetes. 
  • Depression. 
  • Obstructive sleep apnea.

Acupuncture is a holistic therapeutic approach that stimulates and strengthens the body giving health, wellness and balance to body and spirit. It is a complete healing system that enables the body to awaken the powers of self-healing. The healing art of acupuncture is based on the specific, painless insertion of thin needles at designated points on the body to activate the energy Qi.

  • A restful sleep for at least seven hours a day and a proper diet, rich in fruits, vegetables and cereals will greatly help the body to rejuvenate. 
  • Regular exercise is recommended in order to increase the metabolic rate.  
  • Large amounts of coffee and alcohol should be avoided.
  • Stress management with socializing and relaxing activities is. 
In most cases fatigue is caused by a combination of factors, therefore it is important to care for both physical and mental health simultaneously.