Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and TCM

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is more than just tiredness. It is a persistent fatigue that is intense and reduces the ability of an individual to perform their normal everyday activities. It can be a severely dilapidating illness, and one that really affects both the physical and mental state of a sufferer. It tends to affect women more than men, and can start at any time in life.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms

Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include a severe lack of energy and an overwhelming tiredness, a sore throat, muscle aches and pains, a low grade fever, headaches, nausea, trouble sleeping, allergies, weakness, depression, a change in appetite, lethargy, apathy, disturbances with memory, and a decreased ability to be able to concentrate.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Factors

Factors that can trigger Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include a taxed and stressed immune system, such as occurs after an illness, due to emotional factors, or because of poor nutrition, allergies, chronic inflammations, environmental pollution and contaminants, and stress. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may be due to physical or physiological factors, or a combination of both.

TCM Treatment 

TCM can be very effective in helping to treat Chronic Fatigue System.  TCM takes a holistic approach to any problem, treating the mind, body, and soul.  Various techniques and treatments are used by TCM practitioners, who address each case on an individualized basis.

TCM believes that all illnesses are caused by an imbalance in the body and a restriction in the flow of qi, basic for Qi-Gong practice in China. Qi is the essential flow of life energy around the body. When looking at a case of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or any other illness for that matter, a TCM practitioner will seek to identify the cause of blockage and aim to remove barriers for overall wellbeing. TCM also believes that illnesses are a result of an imbalance of yin and yang in the body. Remedies seek to restore this balance and promote harmony.

TCM has been used successfully for hundreds of years to treat fatigue.

Nutrition and dietary habits will be examined, to make sure that the body is receiving the right nutrients and energy to promote health and wellbeing. Stimulants and depressants, such as caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine, should be avoided. Traditional Chinese herbal therapy and remedies may be considered.

Regular exercise is incredibly beneficial. This helps to increase energy.  It also assists with the flow of qi. Even light exercise, progressively increased, helps.  

Relaxation methods can also be of great benefit. Patients may consider yoga, meditation use, Tai Chi, or similar.

Acupuncture, using fine needles in certain parts of the body, and acupressure can both assist to combat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Energy is given to organs where there is a deficiency. A focus is often given to the liver, kidneys, and spleen. Acupuncture to the ear is also very useful – it lowers levels of stress, promotes better sleeping habits, and has a calming effect on the mind and body.

Moxibustion, whereby a plant is burned near to the body, is used for certain parts of the body to boost energy and give the body a new source of energy.   

Massage can help to improve the general flow of qi within the body. It can also help to alleviate aches and pains in the muscles and joints. It can reduce stress levels, which in turn can promote calm. This can assist with sleeping problems and disturbances. Better sleep enables the body to naturally repair itself much quicker and easier. 

By taking a wide approach to the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, TCM aims to alleviate symptoms, address the root cause of fatigue, help a person to feel better in themselves, prevent relapses, and increase general health and wellness. Patients should find themselves with more energy, feeling less tired, and with improvement in every area that was previously problematic.

Many people turn to TCM practitioners for assistance with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Treatments can be used alongside conventional medicine, although many people rely solely on TCM. Practitioners have lots of experience of dealing with a wide range of illnesses and conditions, and will take the best course of action for an individual as a person, rather than a case in a textbook.