Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterized as excessive fatigue that cannot be remedied with just sleep. In fact physical and mental activity can exacerbate fatigue and it can feel like you’re constantly in need of catching up with sleep. CFS is unexplained and it can happen to just about anyone. Some believe it is caused by viral infections, digestive problems (problems with absorbing nutrients), mental or physical overexertion and a weakening of the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are connected to important hormones for human functioning like adrenalin, cortisol and aldosterone that can affect our capacity for stress. In other cases, CFS can be caused by excessive stress on the immune system.
This can cause a deep imbalance in the body that affects several important vital processes like:
- The production of corticosteroid levels — that control our sleep/waking cycle, regulate our blood pressure, help to aid inflammation and generate energy from non-carb foods.
- The production of mineralocorticoids — that regulate our fluid and mineral excretion that is directly related to energy levels
- The medulla — an area of the adrenal glands that secretes important hormones that contribute to our stress response (at the neural level). They can have an effect on our digestive processes, overall sense of awareness and blood flow to muscles.
Some pressing symptoms CFS is associated with include:
- Excessive fatigue and exhaustion (even after sleep)
- Muscle pain
- Head tension
- Concentration problems
- Noticeable swollen lymph nodes (in the neck or armpit)
Acupuncture for CFS treatment
Acupuncture works to refresh and reset your internal body unlike traditional medication. It targets on the deficiency of Qi in meridians that interact with the adrenal glands like the Kidney and Spleen areas. However, deficiencies can be found all over the body and your acupuncturist will assess your specific situation to determine the best course of treatment.
Releasing blockages in these areas will help you to relax, reset your sleep cycle and target issues that are affecting the necessary processes that need to take place to keep you balanced.
Traditional Chinese Medicine including herbs can play a crucial part in your recovery. If your health background aligns with herb treatments, your acupuncturist may suggest energizer herbs like ginseng root as an example, to complement the treatment.
Do you relate to these symptoms? If you’re suffering from CFS symptoms, please come see us. Maintenance on your body and mind can make all the difference to how you feel and how fast you’ll recover. Make an appointment today.