Long term fatigue is known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). It is also known as ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) which means muscle pain and inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms include
- Un-refreshing sleep
- Severe mental and physical exhaustion
- Headache, muscle and joint pain
- Sore throat
- Impairment of memory and concentration
- Weight Loss or weight gain
It is not clear what causes CFS but it has been linked to dysfunction of the immune system. Western medicine is unable to cure CFS; it eases the symptoms. Anyone can get CFS. The severity of CFS can range from mild to extremely severe. Those with severe CFS are unable to carry out daily tasks and need to remain in bed most of the time.
How Chinese Medicine Regards Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
There is no exact comparison to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in TCM, which characterises all illnesses as imbalances of Ying and Yang (body harmony and balance) and poor circulation of Qi (vital energy).
In establishing the cause of fatigue, your GinSen Practitioner will first eliminate physical reasons such as: lack of sleep, poor diet, insufficient exercise and over working. Once lifestyle adjustments have been addressed, your Practitioner will identify the underlying imbalances which are causing your fatigue and related symptoms. The most common diagnoses in cases of chronic fatigue are deficiency of Qi,(vital energy), blood, or Yang (harmony and balance) and, in many cases, are a combination of these syndromes.
Treating Fatigue with Traditional Chinese Medicine
Your TCM Practitioner uses acupuncture and herbal medicine to treat fatigue, with considerable success. There is no standard formula. Treatment depends on the type of fatigue and is tailored to the individual patient's condition. Treatment is likely to change as treatment progresses in response to changes in both the underlying condition and the symptoms.
Depending on the condition, treatment length can vary from weeks to months, and longer for long standing, chronic fatigue.Weekly consultations are recommended, particularly in the early stages, to enable us to make regular adjustments to your herbal prescription as we watch how you respond.Thereafter, the frequently of consultations can be reduced, depending on your condition and the rate of change.