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How Acupuncture Helps Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Updated: Jan 27

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating illness that can contribute to depression, social isolation, and decreased productivity.

The Mayo Clinic describes CFS as a disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that can't be explained by any underlying medical condition. The fatigue may worsen with physical or mental activity, but doesn't improve with rest.

8 Signs of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:

  1. Loss of memory or concentration

  2. Sore throat

  3. Joint pain

  4. Tender or enlarged lymph nodes

  5. Muscle pain

  6. Headaches

  7. Poor sleep

  8. Extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical or mental exercise

The good news is that acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can help!

There is growing evidence to support the effectiveness of acupuncture to provide relief for some of the issues accompanying CFS, including: chronic pain, insomnia, tiredness, and depression.

A 2012 study compared the steroid Prednisone with a specific acupuncture protocol. It suggested that the TCM treatments were superior to the drug when it came to measures of fatigue. Another study indicated that utilizing acupressure points, paired with massage, improved ME/CFS symptoms.

A Few Ways Acupuncture Helps Relieve These Symptoms:

  • Stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins.

  • Reducing inflammation.

  • Improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility by increasing local microcirculation, which can reduce swelling and pain.

  • Reducing insomnia by increasing melatonin production.

In addition, an individually customized Chinese herbal prescription can offer great relief to CFS symptoms. Call the office today at 321-972-2940 to schedule your health evaluation. Let us help get you on the right treatment plan to improve your quality of life today!

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